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Youngsters enjoy an English Challenge

Discovery Primary Academy achieved second place. Well done!

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

‘The English Challenge’ was organised by Peterborough City Council’s school improvement 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 reading questions. This was the second year that the event has been held, after a successful debut in 2019.

The contest created a real sense of excitement among 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 eight winning teams coming together for the grand final at Peterborough Town Hall on 21 January.

More than 70 people, including pupils, parents, teachers and staff packed into the venue’s reception room and there was loud applause as the winning team from Werrington Primary School was announced. Runners-up were Discovery Primary School and Sacred Heart finished in third place.

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

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

“The challenge is helping to promote a real enjoyment of English and reading. This is also being achieved through activities and events being held as part of the ongoing Year of Reading.  Getting children to develop a love of reading is a vital life skill, which aids general learning."