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    In Focus: Shakespeare

    Introduce your pupils to the world’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare, with our special edition. Shakespeare Week was a hit for UK primary schools from 16-22nd March 2015, as… Download here

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    The First News Reading Package order forms

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    READING, REVIEWING and RETELLING NEWS – pupil examples

    PART 1) READING AND REVIEWING: IDENTIFYING FAVOURITE NEWS STORIES Pupils were told that the project was to identify what they thought were the most interesting and important news stories in the week’s First News, and then to find ways to encourage other pupils to read and discuss these… Download here

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    IoE PGCE Student School-Based Project 2016 -17

    LEARNING WITH NEW STORIES A creative approach to English, Geography and Technology in the primary classroom Project Outline 2016-17 i) FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER 2016: SESSION at IoE: Introduction to First News and news in the… Download here

  • Campaigns and Events
    Campaigns and Events

    Free anti-bullying training

    In support with STAMP OUT BULLYING Achievement for All is offering all schools a free training package. This will provide the necessary material and structure to confront the bullying of young people in schools. Download here

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    Free books for kids!

    Free books for kids! Online shopping service is continuing its Book Month into September by asking children, parents and schools to get involved to support the National Literacy Trust. To take part they want kids nationwide to draw a picture of a character from… Download here

  • Journalistic Writing Posters
    Journalistic Writing Posters

    What did you do in the war?

    First News is on the lookout for more fascinating Second World War stories. We’d love to hear from anyone with interesting memories of the war, particularly those who: Fought in the war – soldiers, pilots, navy officers Survived… Download here

  • Special Edition Resources
    Special Edition Resources


    World War Special Editions: To remember the anniversary of the First and Second World Wars, First News has created two special issues, written as if published during wartime Britain. Each issue includes a collection of news stories, along with fascinating, original black and white images, taking readers from… Download here

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    School Newspaper Competition

    Following the enormous success of last year’s competition, we are thrilled to announce that the First News School Newspaper of the Year competition is back and our team are ecstatic to see just what young editoral talent is out there! The standard of entries last year was exceptional, so this year’s judges… Download here

  • How many weekly copies does my school need?

    Using First News in your school   First News, the UK’s national newspaper for young people, offers schools the opportunity to engage with current affairs by reading and discussing news stories each week.   Each week’s newspaper (now available as digital editions for iPads) features regular news… Download here

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    ESCAL First News Sheffield Reading Challenge

    The ESCAL First News Reading Challenge took place in March and April with 7000 pupils from Sheffield schools involved in six weeks of reading and writing news challenges. The project finished with the ESCAL First News ‘Have I Got News For You’ Event at Sheffield Town Hall… Download here