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16 July 2018

Primary schools stage a book-themed tournament.

Teams from 11 academies within the St Bart’s Multi-Academy Trust went head-to-head for a reading tournament aimed at finding the region’s top young bookworms. The tournament, hosted by Saint Nathaniel’s Academy in Burslem, saw dozens of children – from Reception up to Year 6 – taking part in the fun challenge organised by the trust.

It came down to a four-way tie-breaker in the nail-biting final minutes, with youngsters being asked how many words were in the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Delighted 11-year-old pupil Freya Littler, from Lightwood, said: “I’m really proud we won. The toughest question was the last one. It’s been fun and exciting. Having a reading tournament is something a bit different.”

Each year group taking part had been asked to study a particular book beforehand and they were then quizzed on it on the day. There were also rounds including anagrams and pictures, along with a creative challenge where they had to make their own caterpillars out of art and craft materials.

Saint Nathaniel’s pupil Phoebe Lee was so determined to outwit the competition that she read her assigned text, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, 15 times.

The seven-year-old, from Burslem, said: “I knew it like the back of my hand after a week.

“I love reading anyway. At home, my bedroom is a bit like a library because I’ve got a whole bookshelf full of books.”

Each team was made up of 4 to 11-year-olds. All the academies involved were drawn from the trust and included Belgrave St Bartholomew’s Academy, Cranberry Academy, St Michael’s Community Academy, Saint Nathaniel’s Academy, Nantwich Primary Academy, Knutton St Mary’s C of E Academy; St Saviours C of E Academy and Hazel Slade Primary Academy. There was also a joint team featuring children from Weston Infant Academy and Weston Junior Academy.

Belgrave pupil Muqadas Ali did lots of preparation as she read up on pirates, Goldilocks and a dragon – all characters that appear in Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. The six-year-old, from Longton, said: “Competing against other schools has been a bit tricky.”

Ellie Barlow was part of Cranberry’s team. The 10-year-old, from Alsager, said: “I had to read David Walliams’s ‘The World’s Worst Children 2’. It’s a really good book. To be good, a book should have a bit of humour, a story-line and a magic twist to it.”

The reading tournament was so successful that St Bart’s now hopes to make it an annual event.













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