I had a look at this fabulous free resource down at BETT last week. It has been funded by the people behind Usborne books, and is aimed at children following a synthetic phonics programme. The creators spent some time with me and other teaching professionals, getting feedback on the resource so, whilst I think it is already very good, hopefully it will continue to improve.
The graphics and audio are great, although it can speak rather quickly at times with a lack of context, which is not ideal for all learners. Hopefully, though, most will be able to use it successfully. Learners create a monster which crash-lands on a remote island. He needs to collect all the sounds so he can read his repair manual and fix his spaceship!
Visit the website and sign up to play the games. The best part – they’re totally FREE! You should note that, as the site uses flash, you cannot currently access it on an iPad or iPhone. An app is due out in the next few months, which will solve this problem. Please do let me know your thoughts on this resource.