Youngsters enjoy an English challenge

Youngsters from Peterborough primary schools pitted their English skills against one another in a new competition designed to encourage a love of reading.

‘The English Challenge’ was organised by Peterborough City Council’s School Standards and Effectiveness team, with support from Vivacity and the National Literacy Trust's Literacy Hub in Peterborough.

It saw an inter-school competition with teams of Year 6 children answering English literacy and grammar questions.

The contest created a real sense of excitement in the 15 participating schools, who each sent teams of four pupils to the initial heat rounds which were held at schools across the city.

This culminated with six winning teams coming together for the grand final at Peterborough Town Hall on 22 January.

The eventual winners, taking home the inaugural English Challenge trophy, were pupils from Nene Valley Primary School.

Each pupil who took part in the competition chose to take a book home with them, kindly donated by Dorling Kindersley.

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for education, said: “I’m delighted the English Challenge was a 'success story'. Most importantly, the pupils who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

“The competition is in its a pilot year and aims to promote an enjoyment of English. Already it has shown pupils how to apply literacy skills to a variety of situations and engage with parents and carers.”

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