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Literacy activity gets Dads exploring Bradford’s gems and joining library

30 Nov 2015

Eleven families from children’s centres across Bradford set off on the Bradford Literacy Campaign’s Bradford walk and talk trail quiz.

Developed in partnership with the National Media Museum and Bradford Libraries, the quiz sheet features questions on some of Bradford’s favourite attractions for families to answer together while they are walking around the city. Copies are available in the National Media Museum and City Library in Bradford. It can also be downloaded on the Bradford Literacy Campaign’s microsite,

Parents and children were led by children’s centre staff on a tour of the city’s landmarks including the National Media Museum where the learning team enthralled them with the story of the Mystery of the Cottingley Fairies during a storytelling session. Children also took part in craft workshops where they decorated fairy wings and made their own pop bottle microscopes.

The final location on the trail is Bradford’s City Library, where families were rewarded for completing the walk with an interactive storytelling session from South Asian Arts Organisation, Kala Sangham.  Dads and children also enjoyed performances of traditional music and signed up for library membership.

One Dad signed up to the library with his eight year old daughter, he said:
“We really liked all the stories this afternoon and we’re looking forward to coming to the library again to take out lots of books.”

A Bradford Dad who took part in the walk and talk trail quiz with his three-year-old daughter said:
“This is the first time I have taken my daughter out without her mother and it is the first time I’ve been to the National Media Museum –she really liked decorating her fairy wings and we will come again.”

Imran Hafeez, Manager of the National Literacy Trust Hub in Bradford said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the National Media Museum and Bradford Libraries on this fun activity which helps to develop children’s speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Museums and libraries are vital for children’s literacy development and we hope the walk and talk trail will encourage the families to visit the National Media Museum again and join their local library.”
City Library

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