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.

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Fun winter activities at ZSL London Zoo!

There are lots of exciting things to see and do at ZSL London Zoo this coming Winter! We have an exciting Christmas trail for school groups to explore, lots of winter wildlife to meet and plenty of Christmas themed animal talks and feeds to join in on!

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Win a visit to your school from an Olympic or Paralympic athlete with the Get Set Values Awards!

Get Set, the official youth engagement programme of the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, has launched the Values Awards, a brand new educational resource for primary and secondary schools.

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Normandy Study Packs - From First News and the Normandy Tourism Board

After working in close collaboration with the Normandy Tourist Board, First News has updated its series of study packs concerning the history and culture of Normandy. These engaging and informative resources cover a wide range of fascinating subjects, coupling important information with exciting activities to fully acquaint your students with this beautiful region of France.

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Tips to help worried pupils understand scary events

Nicky Cox, editor in chief at First News, wants to try to help you understand the news when scary events happen. After the Manchester Arena attack, it can be hard to understand what is happening in the world – and why.…

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WORLD WAR ACTIVITIES

World War Special Editions: To remember the anniversary of the First and Second World Wars, First News has created two special issues, written as if published during wartime Britain. Each issue includes a collection of news stories, along with fascinating, original black and white images, taking readers from the outbreak to the end of each world war.

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Discuss the news: TRUMP INAUGURATION

ON Friday 20 January, Donald J Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America. The event at which a new leader is sworn in is called the inauguration, and it is an important part of American democracy. What happens on the big day?

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The Wind In The Willows – experience the spectacular new musical this summer!

Kenneth Grahame’s wild tale about the thrill-seeking, lovable menace Mr Toad comes to life in a brand new stage musical starring comedian, actor and presenter Rufus Hound. With a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Olivier Award-winning composer and lyricist George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, The Wind In The Willows is the ultimate theatrical adventure that will delight students of all ages.

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In Focus: Shakespeare

Shakespeare Week was a hit for UK primary schools from 16-22nd March 2015, as they marked almost 400 years since the death of England’s greatest ever playwright. Events, activities and festivities took place nationwide to inspire children and encourage them to explore the works of William Shakespeare.

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Tax, Fairness and P4C – new FREE resource from ActionAid

ActionAid and SAPERE, who have been crafting ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) for over 25 years, have joined forces to create a brilliant new education pack on tax.

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World War II – The Home Front

Introduce your pupils to life in wartime Britain with our Past Times edition World War II – The Home Front
To commemorate 70 years since the end of World War 2, First News has created a fascinating, commemorative edition, written as though it was published during the war.

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Stage your own School Of Rock – for free!

Andrew Lloyd Webber has offered schools the chance to obtain the rights to create and perform their own production of five-star West End hit, School of Rock. The rights are free for performances by academic schools in the UK taking place until 31 December 2017, and will include education packs and music materials – all you need to put together your own production.

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IoE PGCE Student School-Based Project 2016 -17

LEARNING WITH NEW STORIES
A creative approach to English, Geography and Technology in the primary classroom

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READING, REVIEWING and RETELLING NEWS – pupil examples

PART 1) READING AND REVIEWING: IDENTIFYING FAVOURITE NEWS STORIES
PART 2) RETELLING NEWS

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Matilda The Musical – find out how the multi-award show is made!

Matilda The Musical is the perfect treat for students of all ages and is a fantastic introduction to theatre. It is particularly suitable for students of English, Drama & Theatre Studies and has strong curriculum links to Literacy, PSHE and SEAL.

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Understanding Interviews: Conduct your own interview

A creative resource pack, perfect for a drama and/or history lesson, designed to help develop students’ interviewing skills. The resource pack will contain information on all the essential skills needed to conduct an interview successfully and ask students to prepare their own interview… for the Queen!

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