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FITC Supports World Book Day

Children write articles in fun session

2 March 2018

On World Book Day this week, Colchester United's Football in the Community team visited Lyons Hall Primary School, with the students dressed up as their favourite literary characters.

The session's outcome was to understand the differences between newspapers and magazines, with the students having to highlight the purposes of both sources while commenting on the difference of features. The students then created their own article with some fantastic work being produced.

The work at Lyons Hall came as part of Football in the Community's delivery of the Premier League Reading Stars project.

The project is aimed towards children who need literacy support and, through sport, we offer engaging sessions to motivate the participants with their literacy.

The programme is particularly targeted towards pupils with low reading attainment levels. This has been delivered in 10 week blocks to 4 different schools this year. Below are some key findings from these sessions:-

• 78% of participants have developed double the enjoyment when reading poetry
• 81% of participants have developed a greater knowledge of how to use the library
• 73% of participants have expressed they are now able to select books themselves which are the correct reading level.

Should your school wish to participate in the Premier League Reading Stars programme, please contact ben.elmer@colchesterunited.net.


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