Pupils at Hartlepool schools show off spelling skills

Throston Primary's overall Spelling Bee winner Chelsea Jacobs.

Throston Primary's overall Spelling Bee winner Chelsea Jacobs.

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Young wordsmiths proved to be top of the class during a spelling competition.

Pupils from Throston Primary School in Hartlepool took part in their first Spelling Bee.

Improving spelling in our school is a top priority, and we will therefore be holding more competitions to encourage children to spell.

Mark Atkinson

The event is part of the school’s ongoing priority to improve spelling in the school and teachers say it proved to be a huge success.

The overall winner and Upper Key Stage 2 champion was Chelsea Jacobs. She won a trophy, shield and iPod Touch.

The words she spelled correctly were: hand, wear, doctor, designer, gesture, patient, executed, despicable and ludicrous.

The Lower Key Stage 2 champion was Wynne Wu from Year 4.

Headteacher Mark Atkinson said: “The event was a very tense affair, with children spelling unknown words verbally.

“Improving spelling in our school is a top priority, and we will therefore be holding more competitions to encourage children to spell.”

Pupils helped organise the competition, which saw all children taking part in a qualification round. The four children who got the highest marks went through to the final.

Parents were then given the chance to watch their children competing in the final.

The event lasted for an hour, and by round nine in Year 3 and 4 there were two pupils left, Libby Dunning and Wynne Wu.

They battled it out using level six spellings, but after two more rounds Libby was knocked out and Wynne was declared the winner out of 16 children in Year 3 and 4.

In Year 5 and 6 they also lasted to round nine. The remaining contestants were, Georgia Thompson, Chelsea Jacobs, Kate Gordge and Tia Andrews.

After three more rounds of spellings, Chelsea Jacobs came out as the overall champion winning two trophies, a shield and an iPod Touch after she spelt the word ludicrous.

Pupils Katie Pattison and Lucy White said: “It was a fantastic day of spelling, we would love to do it again.”

“It was considered a huge success by the school and all of the contestants thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Mr Atkinson said children can improve their spelling by using: http://www.spellodrome.co.uk/