Leeds pupils get passport to reading skills

ON THE RIGHT PAGE: Youngsters can develop their reading skills.

ON THE RIGHT PAGE: Youngsters can develop their reading skills.

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Read all about it – that is today’s message to schoolchildren across Leeds.

The YEP has teamed up with CMC International and The NEWS Foundation to launch an exciting schools project called The Reading Passport.

It aims to help Key Stage 2 students aged eight to 12 develop their reading skills and stimulate their interest in the world around them.

Participating pupils each receive a Reading Passport, a pocket-sized booklet containing 15 fun and educational activities.

They will also get a copy of the YEP each week for six weeks as well as a certificate of achievement at the end of the project.

A number of the classes taking part will feature in the pages of the YEP.

Leeds City Council deputy leader Coun Lucinda Yeadon said: “The innovative activities and interesting questions posed by this project will allow the whole family to read together, share stories and discuss the news that is centred in and around our community here in Leeds.

“Time spent reading is never wasted and we feel that this is an exciting way to engage our children in a lifelong love of the written word.”

The project, which costs just £2 per student, is being offered to all primary schools across Leeds but numbers are limited to the first 30 classes to register.

More than one class per school can take part and the deadline for registrations is Friday, October 23.

To sign up, e-mail your school and class details with the number of participating pupils to george@news-foundation.com using the subject line The Yorkshire Evening Post Reading Passport 2015.