Wordsmiths score high in an international competition

Young wordsmiths from Pool Academy have scored high in an international competition beating schools from across the globe.

 Year 7 leader board

Year 7 leader board

Students from Year 7, 8 and 9 have been taking part in Word Mania – an online challenge to find as many words, hidden in a jumble of 15 letters, as they can in just three minutes. Points are awarded for the most words found as well as for the longest words. Those taking part will be awarded badges and credits according to their scores.

The event, which began at the beginning of November, saw students competing against a number of different schools from countries as far away as China and Bangkok.

The final results were recorded on the Word Mania website’s leader board. It revealed Pool Academy Year 7 students came 13th overall worldwide and were the fourth highest placed UK school. Year 8 were 15th overall worldwide and the fourth highest placed UK school.

Year 9 students were fourth overall worldwide and were the highest placed UK school.

 Year 8 leader board

Year 8 leader board

Lisa McKune, English teacher at Pool Academy, said: “Congratulations to all the students who took part.

“This is a phenomenal achievement considering it's the first year we've taken part.

“Year 9 only just missed out on a top spot and to be the highest placed UK school on the leader board is fantastic.

 “It was really successful and the students loved taking part. I think we will definitely take part in the competition again next year.”

Ms McKune said competing in Word Mania was such a success that they are going to use it with the Year 7 English classes as part of their literacy session.

 Year 9 leader board

Year 9 leader board