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This week on FYI: For Your Info, the award-winning weekly news show from Sky Kids, we bring you a special programme dedicated to Ukraine. The team investigate and explain why Russia is invading the country, what world leaders are doing to stop the war and what we can do to help the many refugees escaping the fighting. Plus, we give you advice on how to cope if the news is upsetting you.

Next week on FYI, we bring you another special programme dedicated to the Ukraine invasion. We will be hearing from child refugees as they make it safely across the border into Poland. Plus, we bring you a special report from a Polish girl whose family is taking in Ukrainian refugees and offering them shelter in their home.


Use the teaching resources below to support discussion of this complex, serious news event in the classroom.

1. Understanding the news: All eyes on Ukraine (Lesson resource)

The discussion questions provided support young people to understand what is happening and ensure they have the facts, not misinformation. These enable students to:

  • Find the facts
  • Understand the history
  • Think things through
  • Address worries
  • Ask questions

2. To help students find the information:


  • SkyKids UKRAINE INVASION I don’t get it by following the link above (3 min and 27 secs)
  • SkyKids FYI: For Your Info (episode 161)  This 15-minute episode of the award-winning weekly news show from Sky Kids is a special programme dedicated to Ukraine


3. Teacher notes

These provide information for teachers linked to each of the pupil resource discussion questions so teachers have the facts needed. Suggestions are given for supporting students’ worries and anxieties.

4. Young people’s questions

This classroom discussion will result in more questions, especially as the situation in Ukraine is changing rapidly. First News and FYI will answer questions that young people have in coming issues and episodes. After your classroom session, email questions to [email protected]


The situation in Ukraine is changing rapidly, but young people can keep track of events with First News’ daily update at firstnews.co.uk/ukraine

FYI News Club @ Your School

What are FYI News Clubs?

All resources needed are provided to set up these 30-minute extra-curricular clubs, with no preparation needed by the teachers who run them. There are four simple steps to every FYI News Club.

STEP 1: Watch FYI

Watch the current episode of FYI: For Your Info, available here.

STEP 2: FYI News Club Chat Episode 161

The FYI News Club Chat discussion question resource supports your students to discuss the news items presented in the show this week. Download the chat sheet.

STEP 3: FYI Weekly Feedback

Tell us the news stories your FYI News Club want investigated by filling out our feedback form.

Step 4 – For fun to finish: First News Kahoot! News Quiz

Challenge your club with this week’s First News Kahoot! News Quiz. Our free interactive news quiz features ten questions on the stories featured in this week’s issue of First News. More information on how to play Kahoot! quizzes can be found here.

For more information on starting a FYI News Club visit our blog page


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