As each Star Word
is delivered you must choose which shape it matches -
is it the planet, the rocket or the black hole? The word
may fragment first (depending on the settings in the Teacher's
Control Panel) in which case you must repair it by clicking
on the scattered letters in the right order.
At the end of the game you can print out a sheet which
includes your name (if it has been entered), a list
of all the words that you matched correctly and also
the words that you missed.
This activity provides practice at sight recognition
and spelling of the 200 or so high frequency words that
are identified in the National Literacy Strategy Framework
for Key Stage 1. Level 1 offers only the words that
are required for the Reception Year.
The panel is accessed from the main start screen once
loading is complete. The
player's name may be entered and will appear on the
printed sheet at the end of the game.
This feature can be turned on or off in any level,
and is only switched on by default in level 3.
When active, up to four consecutive letters from each
word will move out of the word on screen and must be
placed back in the correct order by clicking on the
scattered letters one at a time.
Glow assistance feature (help with word 'shape'
can be turned on or off in any level, and is switched
on by default in levels 1 & 2. When
active, a glow appears around each word making it easier
to match to the correct shape.
Star Words can be played at 3 different levels of difficulty.
A single game will feature 10 words which can either
be chosen randomly by the software, or can be selected
manually from a list of all the words available before
the game begins.