Growing Pupils’ Global Awareness

There’s never been a more important time for young people to have a rich understanding of the world around them. Newspapers are unique forms of non-fiction reading, telling the stories of our local, national and global communities.

They cover serious world issues and debates, fascinating technological and scientific discoveries, entertainment and sport as well as the silly oddities of everyday life, and act as a stepping stone to further non-fiction reading. The benefits go far beyond English and literacy, as pupils will apply their reading skills across the curriculum, using their increased knowledge and greater inference and deduction skills to accurately access, understand and respond to information.

Regularly reading news not only nurtures students’ understanding of the world, but creates a news reading community at school in which pupils are motivated to learn more, share their opinions and feel empowered with their richer, deeper understanding of global news.

“The introduction of First News to our school has supported us to ensure our children are getting weekly opportunities to learn about what is happening outside of our school community. For our Year 6 pupils in particular, the weekly use of First News in their reading lessons allows us to provide the vital exposure required to ensure they leave us for secondary school having had multiple opportunities to explore and discuss the changing wider world around them.”

Gemma Hall, Assistant Head Teacher (Writing Leader), Portway Primary School, London

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