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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Writing tips from Lauren St John

This week, Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe and Kat Wolfe Investigates, offers us her top tips for writing.

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The Best School Trip Ever!

Get hands-on with history this term! English Heritage has over 400 sites, where you and your class can crack codes, learn about artefacts, dress up and meet characters from the past.

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Jacob Sager Weinstein's writing advice

This week, Jacob Sager Weinstein, author of The City of Secret Rivers, offers us his top tips for writing.

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Miranda Tansley's tips for writing well

Miranda Tansley offers her top tips for aspiring young writers.

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Writing tips from Michael Morpurgo

More fantastic writing tips, this time from Sir Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, Flamingo Boy and Private Peaceful.

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Cressida Cowell's Top Writing Tips

More writing tips! This time Cressida Cowell, author of The Wizards of Once, give insight into her creative process.

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Visit Westminster Abbey with your class!

Where can you find the complete body of England’s only royal saint along with a riddle which predicts when the world will end? The answer is Westminster Abbey, where you can also become an expert in all your school subjects in just an hour’s visit!

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Iona Mandal's Top Tips to Budding New Writers

Our series of fantastic tips continues with advice from 11-year-old Iona Mandal, joint winner of the 8-10 category at the Wicked Young Writer Awards.

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Six tips with Lauren Child

Let your pupils gain insight into the writing process with these six tips from Lauren Child, author of the Charlie and Lola series.

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Facing The Future

First News and WWF have joined up for a new Facing the Future Campaign. We're looking for climate change TV reporters... could one of your pupils be one?

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Wicked Young Writer Awards: Five top tips from Dan Freedman

Get inspired for the Wicked Young Writers Awards with five fantastic tips from best selling author Dan Freedman.

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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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What not to do if you turn invisible – Teacher Resource Pack

From the author of the unforgettable bestseller, ‘Time Travelling With A Hamster’ comes another surprising, beautiful and funny novel about a child who, by disappearing, will write herself into your heart forever…

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