Pupils buzzing about Spelling Sting

Date: 12 Jun 2019

Wasps have given a group of Coventry children the spelling bug after teaming up with one of the city’s primary schools.

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School in Radford recently launched their weekly Spelling Sting competition, which sees classrooms compete to achieve the best average spelling scores to win a miniature version of Club Mascot Sting to keep in their classroom for the week.

Top individual spellers for each round are also awarded “Wasp of the Week” certificates, as the school looks to bring out its students’ competitive side to help meet curriculum targets.

Julia Etheridge, Leader of English and Reading Recovery Teacher at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, said: “The government has set some very challenging targets for the spelling rules and words that children have to learn by the time they leave primary school, so we approached Wasps to see if they could help make the children’s learning experience more engaging.

“The rugby theme has driven competition and it has brought a sharp focus to spelling and given children motivation to learn their spellings.

“We have seen an enormous improvement already in spelling scores and the level of competitiveness between classes - and teachers - has hit the roof.

“A huge thanks to Hannah Faulds from Wasps Community Team for donating Sting and awarding the very first weekly prize in assembly.”

The Spelling Sting marks a continued relationship between St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School and Wasps after the school took part in Premiership Rugby’s Tackling Health Programme, which covers healthy eating and exercise, and is delivered locally by Wasps Community Coaches.

Hannah Faulds, Wasps Community Development Officer, was on hand to help launch the Spelling Sting competition.

She added: “We are always looking for ways that we can support youngsters in the local community both inside and outside of rugby, whether it is to do with spelling or having a healthy diet.

“It’s rewarding to see that the Spelling Sting competition has sparked the pupils’ extra motivation to learn and is making a positive difference to their education."