One of our health and wellbeing priorities is to increase levels of literacy (reading and writing) for all our communities in North Lincolnshire. Words Count will help us do this. The project aims to improve the levels of literacy for all children and families.
The story so far... video captures the Words Count journey so far.
Words Count is driven by the latest research into the importance of reading for pleasure. Children who enjoy reading and can read well by the age of 11 discover a wider range of interests and knowledge, creativity and confidence. Reading unlocks potential and opens possibilities.
Literacy influences everyone in all areas of life. Low literacy in the UK affects chances of getting a job and looking after their health and wellbeing. Visit the Read On Get On website for more information.
Sense of Place Poetry Anthology
In 2017 Ian McMillan, professional poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster made a special visit to North Lincolnshire. During this visit he penned a poem, inspired by North Lincolnshire, called 'Open the Book'.
In recognition of his gift to our area, we invited people to take part in the Sense of Place poetry competition. We had an overwhelming response, receiving an array of incredible poems that truly celebrate the best of North Lincolnshire.
Here is a collection of our winners poems. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we do.
Read the Sense of Place poetry anthology
Alternatively, you can download the anthology as a PDF [PDF, 1Mb].
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Words Count on YouTube
You will find over 30 videos on our YouTube playlist These inspiring clips showcase the range of exciting literacy activities taking place across North Lincolnshire.
Here are some highlights:
Introduction to Words Count
Nick Sharratt, launches Words Count in North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire Children's Literacy Trust
The Trust, which launched in Autumn 2016, will inspire children and their parents to develop their literacy skills and raise awareness of the importance of literacy.
The main aims of the Children’s Literacy Trust are:
- To raise awareness and address North Lincolnshire’s literacy challenge to equip children with literacy skills fit for employment and life
- Establish literacy programmes, campaigns and partnerships to support and empower North Lincolnshire communities to improve the skills and confidence of those in need of literacy support
- Work in partnership with schools, the education sector and business and community partners to identify literacy priorities for children, young people and their families and develop a range of approaches to meet local need
The Trust will work alongside the Imagination Library to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in communities, creating a positive literacy culture across North Lincolnshire.
Kick Start Your Literacy with Scunthorpe United Football Club
Linking literacy to football. The Supporter to Reporter project helps make positive steps in transforming attitudes to literacy by inspiring a love of reading and writing.
If you are a North Lincolnshire school and would like to get involved, please contact Study Parks on email@example.com or telephone 01724 747686 for more information.
Literacy related activities
To find out what is going on in North Lincolnshire, please visit the What's On page.