Youth Services Team
Young Writer Competition
Our current approach is to add value to the literacy curriculum in schools by supporting, encouraging and developing writing skills which are critical requirements in a modern world both socially as well as in employment.
Our Young Writer Competition engages students in all Key Stage 2 classes at several Primary Schools both in Hull and East Riding to prepare stories with a specific theme or title.
The theme for 2019 is 'My Inspiration'. Students from two of the schools engaged in this project will write a story of about 500 words to interpret this title. Other schools prefer to link our project directly to their planned English and written curriculum work.
Teachers will assess the stories and decide which student presents the 'best written work' in each KS2 class and the student who is the 'most improved writer' in each class. In recognition of their achievements these student will be presented, by our Rotary President, with an Usborne Illustrated Dictionary and a certificate at a whole school assembly. In addition the students will read a section of their story to the whole group. In many cases these celebrations and presentations are about confidence building of recipients as well as aspirational to class members to raise their own level of achievement.
Selected stories will then be entered into the District 1040 competition and winners at that level will be forwarded into the National Competition.
In 2018 three stories from one school were forwarded to the District competition, two were then submitted to the National panel for consideration resulting in one being awarded third prize in the Junior Section. This was a great achievement both for the students and their School.
Looking ahead we shall be holding discussions with a number of other Head Teachers to promote this project and engage additional schools in the Young Writer Competition. A very worthy project.
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