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Words Count in North Lincolnshire

Words Count in North Lincolnshire

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

SoP 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].

Keep up to date with the Imagination Library and Words Count e-newsletter 

Sign up to receive regular updates on literacy and reading information, news, and events from Words Count and Imagination Library.

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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 contactus@studyparks.org.uk 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. 

Reading with your child booklet

Sharing a book with a child is fun. It’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together. The Reading with your Child booklet can be downloaded from the Booktrust website and is available in English and 26 other languages. 

Words for Work

Unlocking young people's speaking and listening skills for future employability. Lots of information on the Literacy Trust website.

Words for Life

Words for Life is a great website. Parents can get lots of ideas to get children and young people interested in literacy and help them develop vital communication and literacy skills from birth to 11. The website is easy to use and is split into sections according to age:

  • Birth to three years - Your baby starts communicating from the day they are born. When you talk, listen and respond to them you are helping them develop.
  • Three to five years - If you can spare ten minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself.
  • Five to seven years - Your child will amaze you by how quickly they learn at this age. They are starting to use exciting language and have learnt a lot about how to listen too. They will ask for help if they don’t understand. 
  • Seven to eleven years - Your child will be using longer, more complicated sentences to plan and explain their thoughts. They can tell exciting stories with a proper beginning, middle and end.   

Reading for pleasure is important to a child’s success. The Summer Reading Challenge gets three quarters of a million of children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence during the long holidays while chatter books reading groups help build a lifelong reading habit. Because everything changes when we read (The Reading Agency, 2016).

Take a look what other researchers have said about Literacy in the early years in the Words Count research newsletter [PDF, 1Mb].

Last updated: 10/05/2018