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20 October 2014
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Download the plugin

To view many of the games on this site you need the Macromedia Shockwave Director / Flash plug-in. Please note that the Crankophone game, the Whirlyword game and the Star Words game require Shockwave version 7 and Wordblender, the Sandcastle Quiz and Write A Postcard require Flash version 4. To view Magic Pencil you will require the Realplayer version 5 or above.

There are a number of ways of getting the plug-ins you need:

1.  Use 'Get Shockwave' to visit the Macromedia Shockwave site and download the Shockwave/Flash plug-in for free. Their site offers plenty of advice and answers to common queries about plug-ins.

Get Shockwave

To view Magic Pencil you will need the Realplayer plugin which you can download for free from here.

Download Real Player

2.  Many internet magazines have the plug-ins on free CD Roms they attach to each issue.

3.  There is detailed information about Shockwave on the BBC's Applications Help pages.

4.  If you've never downloaded anything from the internet before, a good place to start would be "Download Guide" From our beginners internet service: BBC Webwise.

5.  Your final option would be to install the latest version of your Internet browser. which have the plug-ins built in. Visit the home pages of Microsoft or Netscape.

NB the BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites

Minimum System requirements

486 66MHz processor or faster
Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0
(Windows 3.1 not supported)
16 MB RAM or more (NT needs 24MB+)
SuperVGA monitor
256 colours (16 bit colour recommended)
640 x 480 resolution (800 x 600 recommended)
Sound Card (16 bit recommended)

68040 66MHz processor or faster
Mac OS 7.x or 8.x
16 MB RAM or more
Colour screen
256 colours (thousands of colours recommended)
640 x 480 resolution (800 x 600 recommended)

Teachers and Parents

Printable resources
Poems and lesson plans for the Literacy Hour.
Curriculum relevance
How these activities fit in to the National Curriculum.

Site contents
A detailed breakdown

What's on TV
Terms 1, 2 and 3

Download the plugin
for the Shockwave and Flash games

Further resources
CDs, books, videos etc

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