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.

Introducing the Literacy iHub

Launched in 2016, iHub is our brand new literacy tool; an innovative, digital approach to classroom reading.

iHub supports literacy teaching with interactive, pupil reading challenges based around current affairs. It’s the perfect tool for guided reading and homework for Years 3 – 8.

THE IHUB WINS AT THE BETT AWARDS!

We are delighted that the iHub has been selected as a BETT Awards Winner in the primary digital content category, which recognises exceptional innovation in education technology.

Literacy activities for Key Stage 2 and 3

The iHub provides activities at three levels to support a wide range of reading abilities. Pupils can tackle comprehensions and word puzzles. They can also vote in polls and articulate opinions in polls and debates.

News Gallery

The iHub news gallery lets pupils get creative and become the week’s News Editor, writing their own news stories and choosing photos to accompany them.

Pupils earn rewards

iHub’s exciting digital format really motivates young readers. Pupils can earn virtual rewards and badges through completing online activities.

Intuitive interface for teachers

New activities are available at each level every week for pupils to complete at home or school. Teachers can track pupil progress through their online dashboard.

How the iHub is transforming the learning experience

“Children who find reading a real struggle choose to read articles on iHub.”
“Children who find reading a real struggle choose to read articles on iHub.”

One child in my class in particular did not enjoy guided reading sessions. However, he very happily gets a laptop, reads an article and is able to discuss the stories.

- Shona Glackin, Class teacher, Martin Primary School

“I would strongly recommend subscribing to iHub in addition to the newspaper”
“I would strongly recommend subscribing to iHub in addition to the newspaper”

“iHub enables a more constructive and active use of First News. We have always used the print version as a resource for guided reading but with ihub it makes life easier. The students are motivated by the idea of earning points for completing tasks.”

- Melissande Box, Lead Literacy Teaching Assistant, Alexandra Park School

“Digital tools such as the iHub are very appealing to children”
“Digital tools such as the iHub are very appealing to children”

We use it as part of our Guided Reading carousel and extend it to online homework. The children have become engaged with current affairs and are keen to complete the online literacy activities.

- Cecilia Bekker, AHT KS2, Sir John Heron Primary School

iHub changes attitudes

Teachers say even those who struggle with reading, find it easy to engage with the interactive bitesized chunks of real world news on the iHub.

iHub opens minds

iHub really opens up the world to young minds.  Its rich, interactive content drives curiosity and engages passions through reading, puzzles and digital exploration.

The ihub gives pupils the opportunity to focus on an activity and enables them to work independently.”

S Glackin

S Glackin

Teacher

“I would strongly recommend subscribing to iHub in addition to the newspaper.”

Melissande Box

Melissande Box

Lead Literacy Teaching Assistant