Cross curricular: In the news

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By Rosie WardenYear 4 teacher and 2007 Junior Ed PLUS guest editor

Encourage children to interact with the 21st century media and help foster knowledge of both local, national and global current affairs

Boy selling newspaper

Rolled up newspaper

Additional ideas

1. It is worth taking ten minutes each day to explore current affairs. The BBC Newsround website news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews is a good starting point with the ‘Press Pack’ area of the site explaining how a news desk works. A daily news focus might be reinforced with a ‘news quiz’ at the end of the week.

2. Researching a particular event or news story could be part of children’s homework, with an opportunity after the weekend for ‘reporting back’ (an alternative to the ‘diary time’ often used with infant classes).

3. During guided reading, groups could work as ‘news hounds’, either using news websites, local papers or newspapers produced specifically for children, for example The Newspaper — www.thenewspaper.org.uk Particular interests could be reflected in the make up of the group, perhaps with a domestic reporter, a foreign correspondent, a gossip columnist, a reviewer and a sports reporter. Their work could then be displayed on a regularly updated ‘News board’ in the classroom.

4. Producing a class newspaper is a great idea, particularly as a post-SATs project for Year 6. (See Junior entrepreneurs: The press room challenge for more detailed activities on how children can set up their own school newspaper.)

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