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.

Pupils of Aberdeen Writing for the Silver Screen
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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.

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

This message, taken from 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 in England and Wales.

Are newspapers yesterday’s news? And do children still need to be informed?
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Are newspapers yesterday’s news? And do children still need to be informed?

I was brought up on newspapers and magazines and I still love the luxury of time on the sofa leafing through the Sundays. Do my nine-year-old twin boys feel the same way? The answer is a resounding no.

Primary Stars Premier League
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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 important life skills.

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?

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.

Try our free teaching resources
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Try our free teaching resources

We have a wide range of free teaching resources covering topics such as how to talk to children about scary news and Brexit.

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

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

Sample our weekly activities
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Sample our weekly activities

NLT research found that using our Reading Package helped boost literacy. Find out how by sampling some of our activities.

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.

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.