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Bradford boy wins national Chitty Chitty Bang Bang creative writing competition

14 Jan 2015

A pupil from Burley and Woodhead CE Primary School has been selected as a winner out of nearly 300 entries from the National Literacy Trust’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Magical Reading Tour competition.

Ms Ross, a Year 4 teacher at Burley and Woodhead CE Primary School introduced her pupils to the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Magical Reading Tour competition to inspire them to read more outside of class. It led to two thirds of the class going on to read Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s further adventures of the original Ian Fleming story and an enthusiasm for writing and making up plays and stories at playtimes and at home.

For the competition’s bonus writing category, entrants were asked to write a short story based on a story-starter by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Eight year-old Jack’s humorous and descriptive winning entry involves a helicopter which finds the stolen Chitty car. He wins an eReader, book vouchers and a copy of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang series.

Year 4 teacher Jo Ross said:
“I read 'Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang flies again' to my class in September and they were totally captivated by it. The fact that the novel inspired children to write, share stories and read in their own time is fantastic. Jack is not one of my regular 'top' writers, so it was wonderful for him to be chosen as winner!  He was very shocked and delighted, as was his family. Having listened to it, the class agreed it had all the elements of a great story - good structure, excitement, humour and a mix of dialogue and narrative.”

Jack said:
"The book was really enjoyable and winning made me want to write more because I felt excited, a bit nervous but it inspired me. I'm reading 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang race against time' at the moment - I asked for it for Christmas"

 Imran Hafeez, the National Literacy Trust’s Bradford Hub Manager says:
“The Bradford Literacy Campaign aims to encourage children to discover the exciting world of stories, so it’s great to hear that a Bradford kid’s story writing has shone through in this national competition. Plus, recent research at the National Literacy Trust has found that six out of ten boys say they don’t enjoy writing at all, so this enthusiasm for Ian Fleming’s classic is an encouraging sign that it can just take one book to capture a child’s imagination and get them writing their own stories.”

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