Non-Fiction Teaching Resources for KS2 and KS3

By amysawyer 17th August 2020

Journalistic Writing

Junior Journalist Guide – helps students learn and improve reporting skills, interview techniques, headline tricks and lots more with this comprehensive guide

Features of a Newspaper Report KS2 – to help students understand a newspaper’s structure and identify the key characteristics of a newspaper report

Features of a Newspaper Report Terminology Cards – display labels to develop children’s understanding of newspaper and news report terminology. A definition for all terms are provided.

What’s on the Front Page of a Newspaper – to help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper

What’s in a Newspaper Interview – help your KS2 students identify the key characteristics of a newspaper interview

Journalistic Words and Phrases KS2 – sentence openers and other journalistic words and phrase to share with your class

Newspaper Vocabulary Activity – an activity to help students recognise which sentence openers you might find in a newspaper and those you would not

Newspaper Section Cards – laminate these cards and cut them out. You can use these to give children different sections of First News to review.

Section Sleuth Activity – an activity that tasks students with identifying which sections of First News each news story could feature in and why

Blank Newspaper Front Cover – a front cover template for students to create their own front covers with what they have learnt

Useful Alternative to ‘Said’ – a handy worksheet detailing some alternatives to using ‘said’ when reporting speech with examples

The Inverted Pyramid – use this handy worksheet to explain about the style of writing applied in newspaper articles

Guide to Starting a School Newspaper – a handy guide to starting a student-led school newspaper

Editorial Team Meeting Activity

Debating & Persuasive Writing

First News Polls
Look out for the news polls in First News and on the First News iHub every week. These questions on a topical dilemma are an excellent starting point for a ten minute classroom discussion.

Free Teaching Resources – News Debates
Try out these First News debates. Background information, facts and figures and different points of view are provided to enable students to have a in-depth and informed discussion on the topical dilemma.