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A sunny forecast for literacy

The radio alarm clock comes on: "The time is 9:30. Here is class 3B with the weather."

Bristol could be waking to words like these on Saturdays as children get the chance to be radio weather forecasters as part of a literacy project.

The council is launching Radio in Schools next month with the help of local station GWR. The project gives seven to 18-year-olds the chance to record "vox pops" or to read the weather live on the Saturday morning show.

Melissa Thom, a former radio presenter who works for the city council, who is running the project, said: "We will show how important reading is for all the various jobs in radio."

The scheme follows the success of Bristol council's Read a Million Words campaign. More than 40,000 children from 145 schools have been trying to read a million words by October.

Lucas Wellington, a teacher at Bristol Gateway school, said that he saw his whole class sit quietly and read together for the first time as a result of the campaign. It was a big step for his special school where many boys have behavioural problems.

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