BUDDING journalists at a Leeds school have created their own front page story as part of a Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading scheme.
St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Crossgates is one of more than a dozen schools across the city taking part in the Make The News 2017 project. Each child in participating classes is given a booklet filled with activities designed to develop literacy skills. The scheme includes a competition that asks children to design their own front pages for the chance to win a visit from a Leeds United player. Year four pupils at St Theresa’s have been given free copies of the YEP each Thursday for six weeks. The class studied headlines and stories before taking part in a role playing exercise ahead of writing their own front page. Class teacher Lucia Mulkeen said youngsters based their story idea on a David Wiesner book called Tuesday about a group of frogs who have an advenure in a town.
The children acted out role playing exercises as reporters, witnesses and a detective for their front page ‘frog invasion’ story. Ms Mulkeen, said: “We have been coming up with headlines and adverts and what our lead story is going to be
They have really enjoyed it. They have found it really interesting and have loved taking on the role of being reporters.”
YEP editor Hannah Thaxter said: “This project is a fantastic introduction to the world of news for young people.
Make The News 2017 is being run by The NEWS Foundation with support coming from Leeds City Council and Child Friendly Leeds.