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Cluefinders: Year 4 Adventures (PC)

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Genre: Educational / Platform(s): Windows / Media: CD-ROM

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      24.10.2008 13:17
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      For a well thoughout set of educational games you can't go far wrong.

      This product is part of a larger Cluefinder's 'family' which begins from age 7+ ( year 3 ) up until the age of 12 ( Year 7/8 ) and covers mainly Keystage 1 and 2.

      *Who is it for ? *

      This particular Cluefinder's review is for Year 4 Adventures which is suitable for children aged 8-9 with a year difference either way depending on their development.

      *Minimum requirements*

      My personal version of this is for PC only ( Windows operating systems only ) Minimum requirements : Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP. *Please note that there may be newer versions of this PC software ( that are compatible for Windows Vista for example ) and therefore it is important that you check the requirements for the version you intend to buy. Newer versions will require higher Minimum specifications too, so please ensure that your PC is compatible to avoid disappointment.

      This is the typical requirement for versions of this software programme that require a Windows operating system of 95 up through to XP.

      Minimum processor : Pentium 166 MHz +
      Minimum amount of free space on your hard drive : 32Mb
      Minimum RAM : 64Mb
      Minimum CD Rom Speed : 4x
      Screen colours : 16-bit
      Sound card compatible : 16 bits

      *About the product*

      Each of the "Cluefinders" software programmes are set in different times/places. This one is set in ancient Egypt and the background story is that the Cluefinders, led by an eccentric but loveable professor, are on an archaelogical dig in ancient Egypt. There they uncover a sinister plot to unleash an ancient force upon the world. Only the ClueFinders can prevent disaster - and they need your help!

      Each "Cluefinders" software programme also concentrates on certain aspects of the national curriculum depending on the target age. This particular product, which emphasises learning targets for year 4 ( ages 8-9 ) highlights learning outcomes involving Science, Maths, English, Geography and Problem solving.

      *Maths*

      Multiplication, division, Addition, Subtraction, Fractions, Decimals and Charts & Graphs.

      *English*

      Reading comprehension, Vocabulary, Parts of speech, Grammar and Spelling.

      *Science*

      Life science, Earth Science and Physical Science.

      *Geography*

      Major countries plus maps and legends.

      *Problem Solving*

      Logical reasoning, Hypothesis testing, Pattern recognition

      **Special Features**

      Special Features:
      60+ Skills covered
      4 Skill levels
      21 Interactive activities
      Detailed help
      Progress Reports

      This is a great way to encourage children to play educational software programmes and it does so in a fun and yet effective way !! I would also recommend the other Dorling Kindersley titles of "Become a Science/History/World/Human Body/British Isles Explorer" and "I love Maths/Science/Spelling" for targeting certain subjects and I would also recommend the "I Spy" family of software programmes for great problem solving games for this age group.

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    The Cluefinders, led by an eccentric but loveable professor, are on an archaelogical dig in ancient Egypt. There they uncover a sinister plot to unleash an ancient force upon the world. Only the ClueFinders can prevent disaster - and they need your help!