The kids are alright in Leeds with YEP reading programme

Back row from left, Jensen Jackson, Valentine Matandiko, Stephanie Akhigbe, Tanisha Cavell. Front row, Freya Briggs and Mason Webster.
Back row from left, Jensen Jackson, Valentine Matandiko, Stephanie Akhigbe, Tanisha Cavell. Front row, Freya Briggs and Mason Webster.
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Youngsters at a Leeds school are having plenty of page-turning fun thanks to a Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading scheme.

The YEP has teamed up with CMC International and The NEWS Foundation to run a schools project called The Reading Passport.

Children on the programme each get a Reading Passport – a pocket-sized booklet containing 15 educational activities – as well as copies of the YEP.

Pupils at Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Armley are among those taking part – and today they gave their seal of approval to the work they are doing.

Year 5 youngster Freya Briggs said: “I have enjoyed the project because it has helped me learn more about things happening in the news.”

Another pupil, Jensen Jackson, said: “I liked it when we could find out new information.”

Holy Family assistant headteacher Jennifer Wolfe told the YEP: “The Reading Passport puts into practice many of the recommendations contained in OFSTED’s Moving English Forward report.

“Class teachers have reported how much children have enjoyed reading the newspapers, especially local stories that are relevant to them.

“Their favourite part has been reading all the sporting news about Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United, and also looking at the many photographs.”

More than 2,000 children from 37 schools in Leeds are involved in the scheme, which is also being backed by Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families.

Joanne Mjadzelics

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