Resource type: Digital platforms and tools, Lesson plans and teaching aids, Newspapers, magazines and comics
Price band: £
Key stage: KS2, KS3
Region(s): All of UK
The first newspaper in the UK to be created specifically for young people between the ages of 7 and 14, First News is delivered every Friday as a print or digital edition. The newspaper covers politics, entertainment, sports and science, and includes both bite-size news items and in-depth special reports on topical issues. Independently owned and with no political affiliations, First News delivers global news stories in an accessible way to inspire an interest in the wider issues of the day while providing reassuring context to more complex topics, at the same time helping students to develop the skills that will allow them to distinguish between news and ‘fake news’.
As well as the weekly newspaper, First News Education provides additional resources to support learning through global news.
- Weekly printable activity sheets with comprehensions, quizzes, vocabulary puzzles and debates, all based on the week’s news stories. Activity sheets are created in three reading levels for KS2 and KS3, allowing teachers to tailor activities for groups or individual students.
- Access to the First News iHub, an interactive online learning platform that provides comprehension and vocabulary activities along with polls, debates and the facility for students to create their own news. Activities can be tailored to each pupil based on the reading level assigned to them by their teacher and the platform provides a reporting dashboard to monitor progress of individuals or groups.
- School Newspaper of the Year Award, an annual award to recognise and celebrate young journalists.
- First News ACTive Citizenship Award, run in conjunction with the Association for Citizenship Teaching. The award is designed to encourage and celebrate the positive changes young people can make in their communities.
Cost: From £54 for a single copy of the printed newspaper delivered every week during term time.
About First News Education: First News Education connects news and learning by delivering weekly reading activities based on exploring the latest stories from First News.
Literacy Hive Likes:
- News stories provide lots of cross-curricular learning opportunities and can help develop critical literacy skills.
- The mix of bite-size items and in-depth reports ensures that First News can be used both to engage reluctant readers and extend more confident readers.
- The Tips and Resources section of the website contains a selection of useful articles and guides.
- First News iHub won the Bett Primary Digital Content Award in 2017.