Reading University programme launches
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.