First News for Schools - First News is the UK's only newspaper for young people and a highly engaging literacy resource for schools. A range of school packages are available, including our new Literacy iHub, a digital literacy tool for 7-14 year olds.

At First News, we’re dedicated to bringing you the latest ideas for the classroom. We’re working with friends to bring you regular blogs that will keep you inspired and informed.

If you are interested in contributing to writing a blog for us, please email us at schools@firstnews.co.uk

Do children have the literacy skills to thrive in a digital world
Do children have the literacy skills to thrive in a digital world

Children need strong critical literacy skills to be able to spot fake news, but is the teaching of these skills up-to-date for a digital age?

Why filmmaking is the key to unlocking talent in the Primary Classroom
Why filmmaking is the key to unlocking talent in the Primary Classroom

Film in the classroom is often maligned as ‘watching DVDs’. The key though, is what you do with the film.

Head teacher for a day
Head teacher for a day

Joseph Lever was lucky enough to spend the day as Head of his school; read about his experience in his own words.

Love Wins
Love Wins

There is so much more good news than bad in the world. We have launched a Love Wins campaign to remind people that small acts of kindness go a long way.

Boys Biggest Conversation
Boys Biggest Conversation

An in depth look at how boys view body image, eating disorders, and societal pressure to fit a certain ideal.

Partnerships and where to find them
Partnerships and where to find them

Deputy Head Lyndsy Killip gives you advice on how to find loyal and productive partnerships.

They can help shape our future
They can help shape our future

Graham Andre talks about how to teach your class about the General Election and how they work.

Win a visit to your school from Paralympic Champion, David Weir
Win a visit to your school from Paralympic Champion, David Weir

Organisers have unveiled Starting Blocks, the official education programme supporting the World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships London 2017.

National Writing Day
National Writing Day

Jonathan Douglas, head of the Literacy Trust, tells you about National Writing Day and how to get your students involved.

Pupils of Aberdeen writing for the silver screen
Pupils of Aberdeen writing for the silver screen

It started out like any normal day in St Joseph's Primary in Aberdeen. A class of Year 4 & 5 children were avidly reading the latest edition of First News when class teacher, Mrs Lacaze, asked them to share their favourite articles.

The Mighty Nose Awards
The Mighty Nose Awards

The Fragrance Foundation heads-up an annual poetry competition which uses the sense of smell as inspiration to develop pupils' descriptive vocabulary and imaginative writing.

How to write and deliver a great speech
How to write and deliver a great speech

We should be teaching children how to stand up and speak out. Let's put oracy at the heart of the curriculum, for today's children, for tomorrow's world.

A political project to spark interest in the General Election
A political project to spark interest in the General Election

Whatever your opinion on Theresa May's snap General Election, it will undoubtedly provide the opportunity to initiate political discussion in the classroom.

5 projects to start after SATs
5 projects to start after SATs

If you're looking for a project to maintain pupils' interest that can be taught flexibly around all those end-of-year commitments, you're in the right place

Not all screen time is equal
Not all screen time is equal

You are probably troubled at times by the realisation that you are surrounded by a seemingly ever-increasing amount of screens. But, is technology actually bad for us?

Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?
Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?

Phonics teaching in the UK is recognised as an essential building block. But how aware are we about other aspects of learning to read?

Using film in the classroom
Using film in the classroom

Film is the perfect medium for all students to access learning regardless of ability and the perfect way to stimulate interest in reading and writing tasks around the same subject matter.

Primary Stars Premier League
Primary Stars Premier League

The Premier League has today launched Premier League Primary Stars, a national curriculum-linked education programme, which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop skills.

Try, try again with Primary Stars
Try, try again with Primary Stars

TH Palmer's poem Try Try Again, has been used in a new advertising campaign to introduce Premier League Primary Stars, a free learning programme for all primary school pupils.

Money Talks
Money Talks

Deputy Head Jacqui Noble talks about the importance of teaching children about the responsibility of money from a young age.

Literacy film festival for primary schools
Literacy film festival for primary schools

Take part in a new initiative by A Tale Unfolds. Designed for 7-11 year olds, the film festival aims to improve literacy using filmmaking.

If we want our young people to engage in politics, we must start them young
If we want our young people to engage in politics, we must start them young

Former defence minister Perter Kilfoyle, explains why it is now important than ever to get young people engaged in politics so that they can stand up and be counted.

Are newspapers yesterday
Are newspapers yesterday's news?

Newspapers have their work to do to engage a generation who expect immediacy and mobility.

If you are interested in contributing to writing a blog for us, please email us at schools@firstnews.co.uk