First News Education provides our school with a unique platform for news-based learning, to help us as teaching professionals grow our pupils’ core reading, writing and oracy skills.
Whether it is engaging reluctant readers, improving literacy levels or getting children talking and writing about the news, First News Education teacher tools help us and your children achieve it. Their goal is to equip younger generations with an enriched understanding of the world and the fundamental abilities that they will take with them far beyond school, by delivering a complete solution to inspiring learning through global news.
Now, they are extending their services in these tricky times to help you, as parents at home as well. By following this link:
You can sign up to free digital copies of the newspaper, emailed directly to you. Don't be put off by mainstream media and think that the newspaper is all doom and gloom. First News search the world news carefully for big stories, but also for fun and intersting stories as well.
We use it a lot in school - it is worth a look. We have also been given permission to share our First News Education resources as well - they come in 3 levels. Feel free to dig around and see if there is something that intersets your children (or if you're anything like me... you as well!)
Level 1 - Year 2 and Year 3
Four stories - Four adapted news stories from this week's newspapers, with a selection of age appropriate questions to help with comprehension.
Crossword - An article and related crossword.
Mystery News - Four pictures from different news stories in this week's article. You can find out about these stories by searching through the newspaper
Level 2 - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Crossword - A slightly harder crossword and associated article
Look Closer - An in depth look at the content, structure and meaning in one article. Some hard questions to answer in here!
News and Pictures - A quiz about the news from some well worded questions and then picture hunting to find out a bout a range of articles
Level 3 - Year 5, 6 and above!
In The Know - A tricky, whole newspaper 'story hunt'. Some really tough questions in here. Reading the newspaper is a must with this one.
Article Analysis - A very deep look into an extended article. Challenging!
Crossword - Not quite the 'Times' but some great voabulary work in here.