First News

From First News Education

Resource type: Newspapers, magazines and comics

Price band: £

Key stage: KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

First News was the first newspaper in the UK to be created specifically for young people between the ages of 7 and 14.

Delivered to schools every Friday during term time, First News is available as a print or digital edition. The award-winning newspaper covers current affairs, 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 and helps students 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.

  1. Engage Printables are weekly, news-based literacy-boosting resources that include comprehensions, quizzes, vocabulary activities and debates. Activity sheets are created in three reading levels from LKS2 to KS3, allowing teachers to tailor activities for groups or individual students. The resources can be printed, displayed on an IWB or uploaded to an online classroom.
  2. Engage Pro provides access to the same, differentiated literacy-boosting resources via an award-winning, interactive online platform that provides a personalised learning experience for every pupil and a teacher dashboard to make tracking progress quicker and easier. The platform works on any tablet or computer and also provides access to a searchable archive of previous activities.

Cost: From £74 per year for a single copy of the printed newspaper delivered every week during term time. Find costs for different subscription packages here.

About First News Education: First News Education is dedicated to providing schools with a complete solution for effective news-based learning in order to equip young people with an enriched knowledge of the world and the fundamental reading, writing and oracy skills they need to succeed throughout school and beyond.

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 First News Resource Hub provides free access to topical news-based literacy resources and teaching tools. Sign up to First News Education Free to receive the weekly resources straight to your inbox.
  • First News Education TV is a free, web-based channel with programmes presented by young people for young people that cover a range of topical issues.
  • Download free resources to help you run an extracurricular First News FYI News Club using episodes available on the First News Education TV channel.
  • Start a student-led school newspaper with the free First News School Newspaper Guide.

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