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educational software compared:

Primary Education Software

What was tested? Six educational software titles and two websites were reviewed and rated based on the opinions of children and their parents. Scores ranged from 2 to 5 stars out of 5. Trial subscription: , Go to magazine

Results of this test:

BBC Education DynaMo's Den

4 out of 5 stars

"If you want to back up your child's schoolwork with a little educational learning at home, DynaMo's Den will do the trick, and it's free."

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Focus Multimedia JoJo Learning Maths

5 out of 5 stars – Best Buy

Not only can the JoJo Learning Maths software be considered very good value for money, but these CD ROMs can also make it fun for both the parents and children to learn with.

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Focus Multimedia Jump Ahead Maths Year 1

4 out of 5 stars

When Computer Shopper put the Jump Ahead Maths Year 1 software to the test, they found the games used to teach with were enjoyable and engaging for the children.

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Focus Multimedia Jump Ahead Reading Year 1

2 out of 5 stars

When put through its paces by a set of young testers, the Jump Ahead Reading Year 1 didn't make as much of an impact as the literacy games on the BBC DynaMo website did, and the website was free, as compared to £10 for the Jump Ahead software. Computer Shopper recommend saving your cash.

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Neptune Paws Explore: Numbers

Neptune Paws Explore: Numbers

3 out of 5 stars

"This title will work brilliantly in a classroom setting. However, it is't ideal for the home. Children want something that feels more like playtime and offers more entertainment ..."

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Sherston Publishing Group BBC Science Simulations 3

4 out of 5 stars

"Children who enjoy science may find carrying out experiments onscreen a little too restrictive. For kids who are finding the subject a struggle, it may be the boost they need."

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Sherston Publishing Group On The Ball: Spelling Skills

3 out of 5 stars

"... Although it held our testers' attention, all it teaches is spelling. ..."

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Sherston Publishing Group Sherston Online

3 out of 5 stars

"The website provides a huge number of activities in all three subjects. If you need to cater for a wide range of children's ages, it could be economical to subscribe. ..."

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