Youngsters at a Leeds school are ready to make headlines of their own after having their imaginations fired by a Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading programme.
Cottingley Primary Academy is one of dozens of schools across the city that have signed up to the Reading Passport project.
Participating children each receive a Reading Passport – a pocket-sized booklet packed with fun educational activities – as well as copies of the YEP. And our stories and photos have clearly made an impact on the pupils as they are now working on their own newspapers giving an insight into life in Leeds during the Second World War.
Year 6 teacher Stephanie Jones said: “The Reading Passport has been fabulous!
“The scheme has helped to deepen the children’s understanding of newspapers and has had a big impact on their writing. Thank you to the YEP for giving them this great opportunity.”
Praise for the project also came from youngsters at the school. Year 6 pupil Jessica Holt said: “Taking part in the Reading Passport has helped me to understand the purpose of a newspaper.
“I have enjoyed reading the newspaper and being made aware of what is happening in the world and Leeds today. Thank you to our teachers!”
Another pupil in Year 6, Leo Bessonov, said: “I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to take a newspaper home and read it on a night. Taking part in the Reading Passport has helped me to understand the different features of a newspaper.
“I now like to be kept up to date with the news. However, my favourite part of the newspaper is the puzzles – I am really good at them!”
More than 2,000 children in a total of 81 classes from 37 schools in Leeds are involved in the recently-launched Reading Passport scheme, which has been organised by CMC International and The NEWS Foundation.