28 May Wonderful Words Week
What a wonderful week of words we have had! It has been such a pleasure to see all the children getting excited about writing and discovering a love for words. So many of the boys have developed an interest in poetry this week. I had great fun on Wednesday morning when the Year 3 children peppered me with Shakespearian insults! ‘Pus-riddled foot-licker’ was a favourite!
Sponsored Spelling Challenge
As part of ‘Words Week’ we have set a whole school spelling challenge, ‘The Great British Sponsored Spell Off’. The money raised will be used to buy more books across the classrooms. The idea is that you are challenging yourself rather than competing with each other. According to your child’s age and spelling ability they have been given a list of between 20 and 100 words to learn which will contain common words, topic words and words that interest your child. The children have three weeks to learn the words and during Word Week we will help them with fun methods to make their spellings memorable. After half-term they will be tested (individually or in small groups) on between 5 and 20 words from their list, picked at random. Everyone taking part will receive a certificate and there will be awards for children who try extra hard with both spelling and sponsorship.
Our aim is to raise the profile of spelling in school and create some energy and positivity around it. No-one will be left behind and our intention is to make everyone feel proud of themselves. Sponsor forms should be coming home today.
In Assembly on Wednesday at Rode, Mrs Muxworthy re-launched the ‘100 Books To Read in School’ challenge and was pleased to announce that our school libraries are now open again. She was just reading from a book when a police car suddenly screeched into the playground, sirens blaring. Out jumped PCSO Olga Hapova and PCSO Glynn Samways, aka the ‘Word Police’ here to investigate ‘crimes against the dictionary’. They had created a ‘WANTED’ poster for words that had escaped from word jail. We were urged to ‘apprehend’ the words if we saw them and find ‘alternatives’ to use instead. The banned words were ‘go, went, big, small, nice and weird’ and we were urged not to use them.
The word detectives got to work. BFG’s were solving anagrams and thinking about suffixes and prefixes.