First News for Schools - First News is the UK's only newspaper for young people and a highly engaging literacy resource for schools. A range of school packages are available, including our new Literacy iHub, a digital literacy tool for 7-14 year olds.

At First News, we’re dedicated to bringing you the latest ideas for the classroom. We’re working with friends to bring you regular blogs that will keep you inspired and informed.

If you are interested in contributing to writing a blog for us, please email us at schools@firstnews.co.uk

Reading for pleasure
Reading for pleasure

Recently schools have begun to focus more on the idea of reading for pleasure.

Write for the world
Write for the world

Would you get your class involved in an immersive writing project between different schools like Steven has?

Normandy Study Packs
Normandy Study Packs

Try this series of study packs to introduce your pupils to the history and culture of Normandy.

Do children have the literacy skills to thrive in a digital world
Do children have the literacy skills to thrive in a digital world

Is the teaching of critical literacy skills up-to-date for a digital age?

Is filmmaking key to unlocking talent in your Primary class?
Is filmmaking key to unlocking talent in your Primary class?

Film in the classroom is often maligned as ‘watching DVDs’. The key though, is what you do with the film.

Head teacher for a day
Head teacher for a day

Joseph Lever was lucky enough to spend the day as Head of his school; read about his experience in his own words.

Love Wins
Love Wins

We have launched a Love Wins campaign to remind people that small acts of kindness go a long way.

Partnerships and where to find them
Partnerships and where to find them

Deputy Head Lyndsy Killip gives you advice on how to find loyal and productive partnerships.

Boys Biggest Conversation
Boys Biggest Conversation

An in depth look at how boys view body image, eating disorders, and societal pressure to fit a certain ideal.

National Writing Day
National Writing Day

The head of the Literacy Trust tells you about National Writing Day and how to get your students involved.

Win a visit to your school from a Paralympic Champion
Win a visit to your school from a Paralympic Champion

Starting Blocks will inspire, motivate and engage young people in the classroom.

How to write and deliver a great speech
How to write and deliver a great speech

We should be teaching children how to stand up and speak out. Let's put oracy at the heart of the curriculum.

They can help shape our future
They can help shape our future

Graham Andre talks about how to teach your class about the General Election and how they work.

5 projects to start after SATs
5 projects to start after SATs

Try this project to maintain pupils' interest which can be taught flexibly around all those end-of-year commitments.

Not all screen time is equal
Not all screen time is equal

We are surrounded by a seemingly ever-increasing amount of screens. But, is technology actually bad for us?

Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?
Are we missing a vital ingredient when teaching reading?

Phonics teaching is an essential building block. But how aware are we about other aspects of learning to read?

The Mighty Nose Awards
The Mighty Nose Awards

This poetry competition uses the sense of smell as inspiration to develop pupils' descriptive vocabulary.

Primary Stars Premier League
Primary Stars Premier League

This programme uses the appeal of professional football to inspire children to learn, be active and develop skills.

Try, try again with Primary Stars
Try, try again with Primary Stars

The poem Try Try Again, has been used in a new advertising campaign to introduce Premier League Primary Stars.

Money Talks
Money Talks

Read about the importance of teaching children about the responsibility of money from a young age.

Literacy film festival for primary schools
Literacy film festival for primary schools

Designed for 7-11 year olds, the film festival aims to improve literacy using filmmaking. Created by A Tale Unfolds.

We must engage our young people in politics
We must engage our young people in politics

Former defence minister Perter Kilfoyle, explains why we need to get young people engaged in politics.

Are newspapers yesterday
Are newspapers yesterday's news?

Newspapers have their work to do to engage a generation who expect immediacy and mobility.

Using film in the classroom
Using film in the classroom

Film is the perfect way to stimulate interest in reading and writing tasks around the same subject matter.

A political project to spark interest in the General Election
A political project to spark interest in the General Election

The snap General Election will undoubtedly provide the opportunity to initiate political discussion in the classroom.

Pupils of Aberdeen writing for the silver screen
Pupils of Aberdeen writing for the silver screen

Year 4 & 5 children were reading First News when their teacher asked them about their favourite articles.

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