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First News Education Blog

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.

Literacy film festival for primary schools
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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.

Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?
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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?

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

Even if you don’t have any children, 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?

Using film in the classroom
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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.

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

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

Why you shouldn
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Why you shouldn't shield children from bad news

Worrying NSPCC figures released this week showed a 35% increase in children calling Childline due to anxiety about world affairs.