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Spelling Competition at Crownhill School!

Most children begin to learn to spell a few words at home before they enter school. And while being able to spell is not necessarily a reflection of a child’s intelligence, it’s a vital skill for their academic life and life after school.

Bad spelling follows a student into Secondary School. Misspelled words are distracting for teachers and can make work look worse than it is. Problems with spelling can also alert teachers to the presence of a learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.

Using competition to improve spelling, can be a great way shake things up in a school. The US, Australia and India run nationwide spelling bees that are broadcast on TV to show their best spellers doing their thing.

We think competition can be a revolutionary way of improving spelling in a school. Here are our reasons to make use of competitions in your school:

Motivate hard to motivate children: Some children need competition to drive them forward. They want the attention that comes with competition. Who wouldn’t want to be the best speller in their class, their year or even their school? Who hasn’t started a game of hangman and seen students who normally are disengaged suddenly perk up and become active, positive influencers in class.

Healthy competition teaches: Students need to appreciate when others win and accept the results of a fair competition. Sportsmanship is a great skill to learn.

Perform in Public: The confidence students gain from going on stage to do something that they are good at cannot be undervalued, particularly if it includes students not normally invited to present at assemblies.

Easy to Implement: Spelling Bees are easy to implement on a school basis.

Final Thoughts….Spelling Competitions are a great way to drive improvement in a school. They can be fun and give something to celebrate in assembly. The students to benefit most are usually those not used to excelling in academic areas.

Here are some pictures of the Spelling Bee Competition on Friday 3rd September, 2021. We thank the pupils from Grades 2, 3 and 4 for participating in the Spelling Bee Competition and congratulate Sara Mukupa from Grade 4 for coming out FIRST!!!!


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