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UK Schools Win Big In Global Literacy Competition: Word Mania

LiteracyPlanet, the leading provider of an online literacy education tool, celebrates the remarkable achievements of three UK schools in their highly competitive Word Mania global word-building competition.

These schools have demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in their pursuit of literacy excellence, showcasing the power of gamified learning in enhancing students’ English vocabulary skills.

Throughout the competition, students eagerly played their way through a staggering 7 million minutes, demonstrating their dedication and enthusiasm for improving their literacy abilities.

The sheer determination of the participants was reflected in the impressive number of words built, which totalled a remarkable 52,471,796. Furthermore, the competition witnessed an astounding 2,445,953 games played, engaging 132,907 students from 1,817 schools worldwide.

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, North London, emerged as the winner in Year 4 on the UK leaderboard.

The students at Sacks Morasha were ecstatic about their success, with Lielle exclaiming, “What a fun way to get smarter!” Maytal added, “It’s really fun to play with friends – so competitive,” while Levi shared, “Word Mania is a really fun way to learn more spellings.”

Lev enthusiastically recommended the competition, saying, “Really recommended for English lovers!” Ora echoed the sentiment, exclaiming, “Get your devices ready NOW, Word Mania is the BEST!”

Dean Close St Johns School in Chepstow showcased their exceptional performance, fighting off fierce competition from around the world.

Years 3 to 6 participated in this thrilling contest, racing against the clock and each other to build as many words as possible. The school’s efforts paid off, with Years 3, 4, and 6 securing top ten placements in the UK. Aaryan Halai stood out as the highest-scoring pupil, surpassing even the teachers, with an impressive score of 4,439 points.

West Bromwich Collegiate Academy in the West Midlands claimed the top spot in Year 7 for the UK region. The students at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy lauded Word Mania as an excellent learning experience.

Andre Dupee described it as “fun and educational,” while Pableen Singh found it to be a great way to test vocabulary skills. Natasha Sterling highlighted how it helped improve spelling, and Kacper Kasperczuk shared, “Helped with my spelling.”

Didar Nasrat expressed enthusiasm, saying, “A great way of learning new words,” and Shaniah Williams found it addictive, stating, “It’s fun and addictive; you want to keep beating your high score.”

In addition to their impressive accolades, the winning UK schools will share in a prize pool valued at £80,000, further recognising their success in the competition.

  • YEAR 1: Uxendon Manor – Harrow, Middlesex
  • YEAR 2: Broadclyst Community Primary School – Broadclyst, Exeter
  • YEAR 3: First Baptist Christian School – George Town, Cayman Islands
  • YEAR 4: Sacks Morasha – North London, North Finchley
  • YEAR 4: Reigate St Mary’s Preparatory and Choir School – Reigate, Surrey
  • YEAR 4: Southmead Primary School – Braunton, Exeter, Devon
  • YEAR 5: Westpark School – Aberdeen, Scotland
  • YEAR 5: Dean Close St John’s – Chepstow, United Kingdom
  • YEAR 6: Uxendon Manor – Harrow, Middlesex
  • YEAR 7: West Bromwich Collegiate Academy – West Bromwich, West Midlands
  • YEAR 8: College Francais Bilingue De Londres – London, North West
  • YEAR 9: College Francais Bilingue De Londres – London, North West

By embracing the power of Word Mania, these educators have unlocked a new level of excitement and engagement in their classrooms, furthering their students’ love for the English language.

Tom Richardson, CEO of LiteracyPlanet, stated, “We are thrilled to celebrate the outstanding achievements of these UK schools. By utilising Word Mania and gamified learning, these schools have showcased the winning combination of fun, competition, and literacy development.”

Key Word Mania Stats:

  • Words built: 52,471,796 
  • Minutes spent playing: 7,337,859 
  • Games played: 2,445,953 
  • Students participating: 132,907 
  • Schools participating: 1,817 
  • Countries: 78 
  • Highest point score in a single game: 51,254 
  • Longest words: electroencephalographs, internationalisations

Winners from across the globe are on display via: https://www.literacyplanet.com/blog/meet-the-word-building-superstars-of-2023/

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