Following the success of last year’s collaboration, we will again be partnering with the London CLC on a special News Project and this year it’s all going to take place remotely.
Developing digital criticality and learning how to be a discerning and confident navigator of the online world has never been more important. The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and our Bett award-winning First News iHub.
Pupils will be tasked with becoming a community of fully informed news readers. Four students from each class will then represent their school in a day of competitive and collaborative news challenges at London CLC, alongside other schools. These will include a news quiz competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities.
The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set it in context, show resources and plan for the school-based activities. Activities around learning about where the news comes from, how it reaches us (both digital and non-digital channels) and how we know whether we can trust it, will take place in the project schools during October. The iHub will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project.
It will all culminate in a special event at London CLC in November when teams of children from the schools will compete and collaborate. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.
Last Autumn students from the Cathedral Primary School in Southwark; Honeywell Primary School in Lambeth; Heathbrook Primary, Hill Mead Primary, St Leonard’s C of E Primary, St Luke’s C of E Primary, St Saviour’s C of E Primary, Van Gogh Primary School and Woodmansterne Primary School – all took part in a day of news, hosted by the London CLC and First News.
The young journalists took part in a quiz, filmed their news views, and helped choose the stories included in this week’s Crazy But True and Animals pages. At the end of the day, the children all agreed it was an amazing opportunity to choose what goes in the news, but that it’s hard to leave stories out too (like the story of the therapy pig who cheers people up at a US airport – which doesn’t feature in this week’s Crazy But True).
Check out the My News story written by the pupils at The Cathedral School that was featured in First News.
This years’ News Project will begin on 7 October with the initial CPD session and will culminate with a special event on Wednesday 18th November. In between these sessions project work will be undertaken in school.
This is an exciting opportunity to develop a community of news readers and writers in school, who can understand how reliable news is produced, alongside developing pupils’ capability as discerning users of online and offline news media.
If you’d like to find out more, or register an interest for your school if you haven’t already done so, please contact James at the London CLC, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember places are limited so don’t leave it too long if you’d like to join in.
If you read a few different newspapers, you know all too well that they certainly don’t all report the same stories in the same way. An understanding of this is vital for any young person digesting news in this current climate.