The First News Reading Activities
The First News Weekly Reading Activities are a unique set of topical, reading activities created for pupils in Key Stages 2-3 (P4-S2) to accompany each issue of our newspaper.
Our activities are the ideal way to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom; showing your pupils how words really make a difference in the world.
Resources for every reading level
Each week the Reading Activities include differentiated comprehensions, word puzzles and news quizzes for Key Stages 2-3 (P4-S2). Each activity develops pupils’ knowledge, ideas, opinions and vocabulary of cross-curricular content. Plus, core reading skills such as inference, deduction, summarising and the ability to form reasoned opinions are developed.
Click here to download free sample teaching resources.
National Literacy Trust Research
The National Literacy Trust found that our literacy teaching resources ‘significantly improve’ literacy in primary and secondary schools.
Their research illustrates how our literacy resources can improve children’s inferential knowledge, deduction skills, and fuel a passion for discovery through reading. You can read more about The National Literacy Trust’s research here.
New teaching activities every week
New literacy resources are available exclusively each week to subscribers taking 6 copies or more (3 for infant schools).
All teachers in eligible schools can register for a weekly email with quick links to the resources for primary and secondary schools. Or you can simply login and download them.
Access to our archive of resources
Your subscription to the reading activities also includes unlimited access to our archive of teaching materials, covering a huge range of topics and skills.
An indispensible classroom resource
The First News reading activities transform the newspaper into a unique and unrivalled teaching resource.
Our literacy activities are great for individual work, but they also provide stimulus for group work, as well as material for debates and assemblies.
Making the difference
There’s never been a more important time for young people to be informed about the world.
The reading activities make literacy topical and relevant. It’s just one of the ways we’re helping young people become skilled, enthusiastic and confident readers.
First News keeps me up to date with the news but tells me in a way I understand and can make my own opinion.”
First News gives children unrivaled insight into topics that kids should be taking an interest in.”