HUNDREDS of primary school pupils across Wellington took part in a day which celebrated learning new words.

On November 20, children and staff from eight schools, Rockwell Green, Wellesley Park, Beech Grove, Sampford Arundel, West Buckland, St John's, Langford Budville and Stawley all found a new word and then dressed up as that word for Vocabulary Day.

Last year, all Somerset schools were given a copy of The Lost Words by Jackie Morris, which highlighted words which had been removed from the Oxford English Dictionary. The Wellington schools have now created their own book, called The Found Words, which features work, photos and definitions from words used on the day.

The books will now be used in future lessons.

Steven Bate, from West Buckland Primary School, who organised the event, said: "The children thought carefully to come up with a huge variety of vocabulary and they enjoyed sharing their words and costumes with each other, both in class and as parades for parents.

"Lessons throughout the day included lots of vocabulary games and 'playing' with words. S

"crabble tile cookies were made in vocabulary inspired cookery lessons and dictionaries and thesauruses were used to help create acrostic poetry.

"The Word Warlock even made an appearance to collect quality vocabulary to place in his cauldron for a vocabulary potion."

Nearly 1,000 pupils took part in the event across the town.