Pupils become master wordsmiths in contest
Even the BFG (Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant) would be impressed with the children of Billingshurst Primary School this week as they became master wordsmiths, creating some impressive '˜Gobblefunk' (the BFG's unique language) worthy of any giant.
The children raised over £700 in the ‘Word in a Word’ competition.
The fundraiser, sponsored by JML Law Solicitors in Pulborough, set pupils the challenge of finding as many words as possible, and best anagram, from the title of another fine children’s book ‘Grandpa’s Great Escape’ by David Walliams.
Six lucky winners received a signed copy of Walliams’ latest creation, which was presented during a special assembly.
The challenge clearly inspired the pupils, with the winner from Key Stage 2, Andrew Cuthbert, finding an impressive list of 876 words.
The winner from Key Stage 1 was Adam Evans with 84 words.
The best anagram category generated some entertaining entries, with the winning anagram ‘green peas gas traps’ by Abi Smith from Year 5 positively BFG inspired.
Ruby Marr from Year 3 raised the most amount of money, with an outstanding £350 in sponsorship.
The longest word uncovered was reappearances by Ellie Lloyd in Year 4 and the most unusual winner was Lucas Rose in Year 2.
Julian Lee from JML Law Solicitors comments: “We are delighted to be part of Billingshurst Primary School’s ‘Word in Word’ competition and have been extremely impressed with the entries from all pupils. It is clear that the children took the challenge very seriously, generating words worthy of any law solicitor. We are proud to support projects which underpin a fundamental appreciation of the power of words.”
Helen Williamson, Headteacher at Billingshurst Primary School, comments: “We are incredibly proud of the time and effort the children put into the ‘Word in a Word’ competition.
“Now in its second year, this competition is a wonderful way of engaging and encouraging the children to play with words and develop their vocabulary. We also hear from parents and grandparents that it’s a linguistic challenge the whole family take part in.”