About 30 learners will be competing in the Free State Department of Education’s English Spelling Bee Competition for learners in grade 4 to grade 6 this week.
The department is partnering with Spell-It South Africa, which coaches spelling at primary schools and runs spelling bee competitions in Gauteng. The event takes place tomorrow at the Emang Primary School in Thaba Nchu.
The competition under the theme “Reading for a Better Future” is aimed at assisting learners to read with understanding, write with purpose and improve literacy skills, while also developing their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
This forms part of the final round of competitions within the province where district winners will compete.
The best three learners will progress to national level, where they will be representing the province.
The competition does not only focus on spelling but it is also a learning curve for learners to also use the same words in various contexts and to learn to recognize them in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The department initiated the spelling bee competition as one of the intervention strategies to support and improve learner performance in the upcoming Annual National Assessments (ANA). The ANA is between 16 to 19 September this year.