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.

iHub

The iHub is our interactive platform. It promotes reading with comprehensions, puzzles, polls, debates and more. Based around current affairs, the iHub develops pupils’ knowledge, ideas, opinions and vocabulary of cross-curricular content, and is the perfect tool to use at home or school.

A new way to revitalise classroom reading

  • Each activity is available at three levels; Lower KS2, Upper KS2, KS3
  • Activities are updated every Monday during term time
  • Multiple choice and crossword questions are instantly marked
  • Answer sheets are provided for written comprehension questions for Levels 2 and 3, saving you time
  • Pupil progress is tracked in the teacher dashboard
  • Unlimited access to our archive of activities

Areas to explore in the iHub

Comprehensions

Each question encourages understanding, critical thinking, discussion and debate. Multiple choice questions give instant feedback to pupils.

News debates

Differentiated information helps pupils to understand a debate. Pupils can vote, explain their opinions and then read the viewpoints of others in your school.

News puzzles

Focus on developing pupils’ vocabulary in the context of a news story by analysing with instant feedback to support learning.

News polls

Pupils vote on a dilemma in a news story. Pie charts display the poll results from your school and all iHub schools.

News gallery

The news gallery enables pupils to create their own news using the content that excites them the most.

Teacher dashboard

You can mark and monitor pupils’ progression in the teacher dashboard.

iHub in Primary Schools

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iHub in Secondary Schools

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Courtney Sklar, English Teacher at Watford Grammar School for Boys talks about how the iHub transformed reading in her classroom:

“I would strongly recommend subscribing to iHub in addition to the newspaper.”

Melissande Box

Melissande Box

Lead Literacy Teaching Assistant

Platforms the pupils can use the iHub on:

  • Windows PC
  • MacOS
  • Apple iPad’s
  • Android Tablets

It’s the perfect tool for school work or home work.

Try the iHub for one term

See the difference the iHub makes to your classroom in just one term. You will receive:

  • 13 weeks’ access
  • 35 pupil logins
  • 1 newspaper delivered to the classroom each week

How the iHub is transforming the learning experience

“Children who find reading a real struggle choose to read articles on iHub.”
“Children who find reading a real struggle choose to read articles on iHub.”

One child in my class in particular did not enjoy guided reading sessions. However, he very happily gets a laptop, reads an article and is able to discuss the stories.

- Shona Glackin, Class teacher, Martin Primary School

“I would strongly recommend subscribing to iHub in addition to the newspaper”
“I would strongly recommend subscribing to iHub in addition to the newspaper”

“iHub enables a more constructive and active use of First News. We have always used the print version as a resource for guided reading but with ihub it makes life easier. The students are motivated by the idea of earning points for completing tasks.”

- Melissande Box, Lead Literacy Teaching Assistant, Alexandra Park School

“The level of engagement has soared since First News and the iHub was introduced”
“The level of engagement has soared since First News and the iHub was introduced”

The pupils are not only enjoying reading, discussing and completing their set assignments either in class or at home, they are voluntarily carrying out their own independent research to follow up on many of the interesting stories that they have read. Staff have also received so many positive feedback comments from parents. What a fantastic resource First News and the iHub has turned out to be for our pupils.
- Martin Coogan, Headteacher at Lochgoilhead Primary School

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