YEP-backed reading scheme gets top marks from children in Leeds

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Children from a Leeds school have got plenty of new stories to tell – thanks to a Yorkshire Evening Post-backed reading scheme.

Cookridge Primary is one of more than a dozen schools across the city currently taking part in the Make The News 2017 project.

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Each child in participating classes receives a booklet filled with imagination-firing activities designed to develop literacy skills.

They also get copies of the YEP each week for six weeks – and pupils from years five and six at Cookridge Primary have been busy using the papers to learn some fascinating lessons about their home city and the wider world.

Nick Kershaw, a teacher at the school, told the YEP: “The project has made them really excited about reading and they can’t wait to do the tasks.

“It has triggered some lovely conversations between the children about events going on in the world.

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“It’s also going to be really interesting to see how it helps with their writing.”

Mr Kershaw said the children were particularly excited about a competition being run as part of the scheme that will see them designing their own front pages for the chance to win a visit from a Leeds United player.

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

“Youngsters seem to love the idea of being reporters and are so creative. I can’t wait to see what front page designs they come up with.”

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

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