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Newspaper report – The Diamond Theft

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By Teresa Saunders — Educational Consultant and Writer

Poster 1 is presented as a newspaper report about the theft of a diamond. It displays typical newspaper features and illustrates the report style of writing. The same news story is also presented as a television news broadcast in On-screen resource 1


Shared learning and teaching

Before reading

  • Discuss what makes ‘news’. Who reads a newspaper or watches the news in the children’s families? What sorts of events are reported in them? Share ideas about why news is interesting, and what makes people want to read it. List features of newspapers that children read.

Shared reading

  • Introduce the poster, listing features – eg, headlines, sub-headings, columns, photographs and captions.
  • Use the headline to predict the content of the story.
  • Invite children to read paragraphs, emphasising use of context for decoding unfamiliar words.
  • Analyse the story under headings of Who? What? When? Why? and Where? Ask the children to make notes on the activity sheet as you share ideas.

Previous learning

Children should be aware of the layout of different types of text, including newspapers, and may have discussed the purpose of news reports. They will find previous experience of drama to retell stories useful, and they should be familiar with word processing.

Responding to the text

  • Discuss which aspects of the story make it interesting to the public.
  • Investigate ways in which the journalist keeps the reader’s interest through use of descriptive vocabulary.
  • Discuss how background information and the inclusion of quotes helps to bring the story to life.


  • Hotseat the characters to find out more about their feelings. Include police officers, security and household staff, as well as Jasper and Serena.
  • Allow the children to question you in role as Chief Superintendent Campbell. Use the role to direct the drama by explaining your suspicions and how you will investigate them.
  • Introduce some clues, perhaps pointing specifically to a member of staff. Children could collaborate in this. Invite the children to work in groups, as expert forensic detectives, to develop their own ideas about how the theft was committed and who was involved.

Key learning outcomes:

  • To use drama to explore stories, creating roles to show different viewpoints;
  • To identify and use the organisational and stylistic features of newspaper writing;
  • To use own ideas to write convincing and informative non-fiction texts;
  • To develop speed and accuracy when typing.

Group and independent activities

  • A story like this could be followed up by a report on the arrest and the recovery of the diamond. In groups, ask the children to decide how and where the jewel is found, and who is arrested.
  • Improvise and perform a short role play showing the discovery of the diamond and the arrest of the thief.
  • Use clean copies of the activity sheet to prepare a news report concerning the recovery of the diamond.
  • Use a word-processing package to draft and edit the news report, using appropriate organisational features to structure it.
  • Produce a live news report for television, reporting the solving of the case, with quotes from those involved.


  • Share the news reports and evaluate them according to success criteria for written reports.
  • Watch the television broadcast version of the news item using On-screen resource 1. Compare the two versions and discuss their similarities and differences.
  • Compare this news story with some real newspaper stories. Consider layout, choice of photographs, writing style and choice of subject matter.
  • If possible, compare other real news items in written and broadcast formats. Discuss the merits of each, and which the children think are more useful.


  1. MariamAhmed
    on 11 November 2013


    There was a girl called Athena she was the daughter of a king. she fell in love with Theseus.Theseus is a new boy in their country.The first time Athena sow Theseus she told him that there is a monster in their country. He was so shocked about what she said. So she said to him you can hide in our castle. Theseus Thanks very much but I am not scared and I don’t want to hide. Athena what what are you saying you must to hide in our castle.Come lets go .Theseus; hmm mm OK.When they reached the castle.Hi dad oh sorry this is Theseus and this is my dad.Dad can Theseus hide in our castle. king Minos;NO NO of course NO. Athena; dad pleas king Minos NO MEANS NO Athena;but dad.King Minos hmm OK Athena;thanks very much dad. Theseus I want to give you a sword Theseus why I want you to kill the Minator Theseus OK I will kill the Minator Theseus killed the Minator

  2. Darcey Wadsley
    on 12 June 2013

    The Miner hunt

    A little girl called Ebony Statics was walking in the park on one sunny evening, she saw a hole in the ground she thought,”I better not go through it ore I will get told off by mummy.So she strolled away happily, she heard a squeaky noise, she wondered “What if it is a hurt squirrel or something so she ran off home sobbing with anger.”Why do horrible animals have to hurt pretty and cute animals like them ? The story continues!

    I wonder what happened 3 days later ?

  3. Reena Singh Tiwari
    on 25 September 2012


    Well, this is a super duper thing when you have a super duper ring you bang it to a tin and it makes the sound ting ting !


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