The News Project goes online Autumn 2020

Join the News Project – now online

It’s never been more important for children to learn about the news, where it comes from and how to be critical consumers and producers of news in its many forms and sources. To do it in an exceptionally fun way, alongside a real news organisation, is a truly memorable experience for everyone involved.

So we’re really thrilled to be working once more with First News this term to run our unique News Project again – and this year it’s all going to take place remotely. The good news is that this means that more schools and more children will be able to take part. The target year group once again is Year 5.

What’s involved?

The essentials are that teachers will attend a short online CPD session on 7th October. They will then undertake regular weekly activities with their pupils in class (or through home learning) on news and digital literacy related topics during the next four weeks, using (or adapting) some special resources provided for the project. These will include First News and iHub resources which will be freely available for the period of the project and many can also be used subsequently.

Exciting challenge day

This period of regular weekly activity will culminate in a challenge day on 18th November, this year hosted online, where schools will put forward a team to compete and collaborate so that pupils can show the range of skills and knowledge they have acquired. 

Last year’s participants also made editorial decisions around content for the real First New edition coming out the week of the event – and this year there will be a similar opportunity adapted to the current pandemic situation. Take a look at this blog post, describing last year’s challenge day, for a sense of just how valuable the event was, for children and teachers alike. 

Activities will be spaced out during the day and take into account school circumstances at the time. There will be no need to come to the CLC this time (here’s hoping we return to that next year).

By the end of the project each school will have created a community of news readers and writers who can understand how reliable news is produced and developed pupils’ capabilities as discerning users of online and offline news media.

Find out more or sign up – but be quick!

If you’d like to find out more, or register an interest for your school if you haven’t already done so, please contact James or Peter but please remember places are limited so don’t leave it too long if you’d like to join in.

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