Read­ing Univer­sity pro­gramme launches

Rochdale Observer - - WILDLIFE -

NINE pri­mary schools from Rochdale are tak­ing part in the bor­ough’s lat­est Read­ing Univer­sity Pro­gramme.

Hamer Pri­mary, Belfield Pri­mary, Hey­brook Pri­mary, Brim­rod Pri­mary, Mar­land Hill Pri­mary, Moor­house Pri­mary, Green­bank Pri­mary, St An­drew’s CE Pri­mary and Spot­land Pri­mary, are tak­ing part in the in­spir­ing pro­gramme, now in its third cy­cle.

Each cy­cle takes three years to com­plete, with the chil­dren start­ing when they are in Year 4 and ends with a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for them as they leave Year 6, ready to move up to high school.

This year’s co­hort sees 56 chil­dren tak­ing part and the pro­gramme was for­mally launched at Rochdale Cen­tral Li­brary.

Coun Kieran Heakin, cab­i­net mem­ber for chil­dren’s ser­vices, said: “This is a great ini­tia­tive; in a world of so­cial me­dia and tech­nol­ogy we must still re­mem­ber how im­por­tant read­ing books for plea­sure is. I’m sure the chil­dren will love be­ing part of this and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing them progress and grad­u­ate.”

The aim of the Read­ing Univer­sity is to pro­mote a life-long love of read­ing for plea­sure and also chal­lenge chil­dren with a range of dif­fer­ent texts.

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