Each week, in collaboration with our partners at ITN Productions, we release timely and engaging news content to the platform, allowing you to introduce news and topical events into the classroom with confidence.
The content is specifically tailored to primary schools and you are able to select the age group of your class ensuring that they have a safe, age-appropriate way of finding out what is happening in the world.
After selecting the age group of your class, you will be able to choose between different resource types to best suit your students.
This Week's News
Each Thursday, a new video will be released with a round-up of the week's news presented in an engaging and sensitive manner, with vetted and safe video content. We call this News Bites.
By clicking on the ellipsis icon on the right-hand side, you are able to assign it directly to your students, access a link which you can share with students or colleagues, or save to your content so you can locate it easily at a later time.
News Bites Quiz and News Hunt
For use with each week's News Bites, we also release interactive quizzes based on the content shown.
The News Bites Quiz is an assignable, interactive quiz that the students can complete on their own devices. The results will be recorded and as a teacher, you can see how each child answered.
The News Hunt contains the same questions as the News Bite Quiz, but the format is designed for use at front of the class. The whole class can work through the questions together after watching the News Bites video.
As normal, by clicking on the ellipsis icons, you can assign, share or save to my content
Picture of the Week
Each week, a Picture of the Week will also be featured. This is a quick and effective way of getting children focused on a single event, encouraging them to make predictions based on visual evidence and to make connections to prior knowledge.
It can be used in front of class or can be assigned to the students. If you choose to assign individually, you can also create a copy of the board and add your own question and answer prompts so that children can record their answers in the board.
This feature is only posted in the KS2 news area, but is accessible for any teacher to review its suitability for their class.
This area of the page highlights extra videos or resources relevant to the week's news. This is especially helpful when answering any follow-up questions arising from the News Bites video, and allowing you to engage in meaningful discussions without the stress of searching for suitable resources.
Curriculum Subjects in the News
So that you are able to connect the classroom to the real world even further, within the News and Topical Content page, you will also be able to search for news stories which directly relate to each curriculum subject.
By clicking on the subject tile, you will be able to search through news videos linked to that subject.
Alternatively, from the main page, you can choose from recent content with links to the curriculum, ensuring that you have real-life and timely content to include in lessons.
There is also a section on our News and Topical Content page for Supporting Resources.
This is where you will find guidance and advice on how to incorporate our news content into your teaching.
Some of these resources can be directly shared with your students.
As important as current affairs are for your students, it is also essential that they are guided as to what news sources can be trusted and how to determine what is real or fake news.
We have collated a variety of resources designed to raise pupils' awareness of misinformation and disinformation in the media. These videos and activities encourage the children to think critically and to ask questions and to consider the consequences of fake news. It allows you to highlight online safety and prepares them for future learning.