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EducationCity, the award-winning online teaching, learning and assessment resource, will be running a PlayLive Maths and English competition as part of its annual Challenge Week (18th-24thJune), which last year saw over 18,500 students get involved!
The competition will be open to all schools who play on any level of PlayLive Maths and English during that week, and new users are welcome to participate. If your school isn’t already a subscriber of EducationCity, you simply need to take one of our 21-day trials to span the PlayLive Challenge Week. Simply playing a game of PlayLive at a given academic level enters you into the competition at that level.
The winner at each academic level will be the student who achieves the highest score in any individual game, so it’s how the student performs that counts, not how many times they play, (although with practice, scores will obviously improve)!
For the winners, there will be certificates and goodies, with the overall highest scorer for each of the challenges being named EducationCity PlayLive Maths and English Champion respectively, and receiving the star prize of a 4-month subscription to the entire EducationCity resource for their school!
It’s definitely a prize worth winning and a title to be proud of, so get those fingers at the ready!
What is PlayLive Maths?
PlayLive Maths includes four challenges in all, any of which can be played as part of the PlayLive Challenge. These challenges all have the same format with questions set at the academic level the game sits within, but critically focus on the different mathematical functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Students can choose to compete either with other players within their class, school or country, and are matched to children at the same academic level as themselves (or against the computer if no suitable match is available). Up to four children can compete at the same time.
The challenge develops speed and accuracy of recall, as players have to answer as many questions as possible within 60 seconds with just three lives to lose. As students focus on specific functions, it makes them perfect for honing those particular skills.
What is PlayLive English?
PlayLive English is a word-creation game, where you get points for every word identified and bonuses for the inclusion of golden letters.
Students can choose to compete either with other players within their class, school or country, and are matched to children at the same academic level as themselves. Again, up to four children can compete at the same time.
The challenge presents players with a random grid of letters, including some tricky ones coloured in gold. Players need to score as many points as possible within the 60-second timeslot and beat their opponents’ scores. The longer the word, the more points are scored, and bonus marks are acquired by including the tricky golden letters. There are no lives to lose but incorrect guesses waste precious time. It’s great for word recognition and improves students’ spelling skills, while being a whole lot of fun.
Both PlayLive challenges are great for testing knowledge. They also increase speed of response and improve the level of accuracy of response. Many children thrive on the competitive element, but even those that don’t, enjoy the challenge of beating their own score. They’re great for use within lessons to consolidate learning, but we know many schools use them as a reward too, either to complete at the end of a set of homework or at Golden Time, because they are so much fun.
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