Pupils become Olympic reading champions

CHARACTERS Ollie Purser, William Crabb, and Benjamin Barron dress up as their heroes. (121154-1)
CHARACTERS Ollie Purser, William Crabb, and Benjamin Barron dress up as their heroes. (121154-1)

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OLYMPIC themes are motivating youngsters to read.

Pupils at Purbook Juniors spent a week throwing themselves into sports, books, research, interviewing and writing – proving they too have what it takes to be champions in 2012.

The school, which has signed up to The News’ Read All About It campaign to boost literacy across the area, is using exciting ‘real world’ experiences to boost reading and writing.

A rugby match in Twickenham, interviewing staff for true life stories, dressing as their heroes, athletics challenges and a talk from The News’ sports reporter Jordan Cross were just a few events that fired up imaginations.

Eloise Edwards, 10, who dressed as her mum saying she was her hero, said: ‘The week has involved lots of reading.

‘I’ve had to research my articles and look up a lot of facts about the Olympics I didn’t know before.’

She added: ‘My mum is my hero. She reads with me and sets a great example.’

Ollie Purser, nine, also came as his parents.

He said: ‘I’m wearing my mum’s tracksuit top and my dad’s vest. Focusing on sports has made me more interested in reading and writing.

‘I’ve spent hours with my head buried in books or at the computer researching.’

Libby Higgins, 10, who dressed as the fashion TV presenter Gok Wan added: ‘Even fashion designers have to read, so they know about the industry.

‘The more you read the better you write – and books give ideas for fashion.’

Katherine Briggs, the school’s English manager, said: ‘There’s been a real buzz in the school – the children have really bought into the sports theme and they’ve been motivated to read and write.’

To find out about our campaign email aline.nassif@thenews.co.uk.