Blackburn boy who struggled with words wins national literacy competition (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn boy who struggled with words wins national literacy competition
11:53am Tuesday 19th June 2012 in News
A BOY who struggled to read and write has won a national literacy competition.
Six-year-old Intack Primary School pupil Corban Thomson, spent 12 weeks undertaking a Reading Recovery programme – a daily 30 minute one-to-one session.
The course helps children who have difficulty reading the simplest of books or are unable to write their own name before intervention.
At the end of the course, Corban was asked to draw a picture expressing how he felt to be a successful reader and writer.
His self portrait showing him reading his favourite book, with his mum in the background, was chosen from hundreds of entries.
Corban was selected as one of the finalists in the national Reading Recovery Children’s Picture competition hosted by the Institute of Education.
Judges were delighted to see how much pleasure the youngster now takes in reading.
Corban, of Worcester Road, travelled to London with his mum Stacey, and reading recovery staff Emma Salt and Gillian Crompton for the presentation, where he was crowned the winner of the category.
Stacey said: “I am so proud of him. Before the programme I had to ask him to sit down and read and now he reads to me and his baby brother.
Corban, whose favourite book is Toy Story, is one of 22,000 children to take part in the programme.
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