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A COSHAM school has signed up to a reading competition backed by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall – patron of a charity supporting The News’ Read All About It Campaign.

Portsdown Primary pupils’ participation in the National Literacy Trust’s Big Diamond Jubilee Read will see them collecting ‘reading miles’ as they spend time exploring books at home.

With these miles they will ‘travel’ on a classroom map to some of the countries the Royal Family is visiting in the Jubilee year. In total, the challenge will involve 11 hours of reading.

There is also a writing element to the competition as youngsters are encouraged to make book recommendations to other pupils in Commonwealth countries.

Daphne Wright, deputy head at Portsdown, said teachers would be creating a visual wall display to chart pupils’ progress.

She added: ‘As an extra incentive, the first to reach each diamond country will be photographed wearing a “diamond” tiara and will be asked to give a quote for our display.’

Prizes include book vouchers, family days out and books for schools.

The Duchess of Cornwallsaid: ‘I do hope you all enjoy the challenge of reading your way round the classroom map and following the journeys we make.

‘I am sure you will also benefit enormously from your own voyage of discovery through the world of books.’

The competition is open to primary schools and secondary schools (Years 7 to 9).

To find out more visit literacytrust.org.uk/competitions.

For more on The News’ campaign visit portsmouth.co.uk/news/campaigns/read-all-about-it.