Leeds schoolchildren say YEP reading scheme is top class

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Children at a Leeds school have got facts at their fingertips – thanks to a Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading scheme.

Calverley Parkside Primary 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.

They also receive copies of the YEP each week for six weeks – and year six pupils at Calverley Parkside couldn’t be happier with their story-packed special deliveries.

Assistant headteacher Joe Murphy told the YEP: “The children are really enjoying the project and get really excited on a Wednesday when they know the paper will be delivered.

“Reading was something we wanted to promote in the curriculum this year and this scheme has really enabled children to get a real buzz out of reading.

“They’ve also really engaged with reading stories about the local area.”

The scheme includes a competition that asks children at participating schools to design their own front pages for the chance to win a visit from a Leeds United player.

YEP editor Hannah Thaxter said: “This project is a fantastic introduction to the world of news for young people.

“It shows how journalists work to find out what’s happening and pass on that information to other people.

“Youngsters seem to love the idea of being reporters and are so creative.”

Make The News 2017 is being run by The NEWS Foundation with support coming from Leeds City Council and Child Friendly Leeds.

Other schools taking part include Holy Family Catholic Primary in Armley, Asquith Primary in Morley, St Philip’s Catholic Primary in Middleton and Cookridge Primary.

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