Skillswise Spelling Games

Skillswise is a BBC website that offers free games, activities, worksheets, quizzes and other learning materials to help adults in the areas of literacy and numeracy. It is aimed at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland but the materials can be used by anyone to improve reading, writing and math skills. Skillswise offers a number of games to improve spelling.

Root Words

Use root words to create new words and help you remember spelling rules. A root word is the form of a word after any affixes are removed. For example, the root of "walked" is "walk."


In this game, you use suffixes to create new words and reinforce spelling rules. Suffixes are affixes added to the end of words to change the meaning. For example, you can add the suffix "-able" to the word "use" to create the word "usable."

Words That Sound the Same

This is a matching game that helps you discover the words that sound the same, which are called homophones.


This game helps teach spelling by breaking down words into separate syllables. Syllables are the different rhythmic components that make up a word. For example, the syllabic breakdown of the word "happiness" is "hap - pi - ness."

Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check

In this game, you look at the word, say it to yourself, then cover it up and see if you can type it from memory.


This quiz teaches you the meanings of different prefixes and how to use them to create new words. A prefix is an affix added to the beginning of a word to change the word's meaning. For example, adding the prefix "pre-" to the word "fix" creates the word "prefix."

Confusing Words

This game is structured like a crossword puzzle and aids in the recognition and spelling of confusing words, like "affect" and "effect."

Letter Patterns

This game, structured like a word search puzzle, helps teach the recognition of letter patterns, like "bought" and "thought."

Spelling Plurals

Learn plural spelling rules by helping fishing gnomes catch the right plural ending to each word. A plural ending to a word changes a singular item to mean more than one of that item. For example, adding an "-s" to "apple" creates "apples," or more than one apple.

Silent Letters

You must spot the silent letter in each word to save the world from the Silent Invaders.

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Erin Clyburn has been writing professionally since 2004. She has been published in "The Progressive Farmer" magazine, Pearson's "Student Book of College English" textbook and Birmingham's "Lipstick" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Mississippi State University, and is pursuing a Master of Arts in children's literature from Hollins University.