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First News

Consuming news in school on a weekly basis creates a community of globally aware, news literate young people, with the knowledge and confidence to voice their opinions and the compassion to listen to and respect others. There has never been a more important time for young people to have access to a reliable source of news stories from our local, national and global communities.
 
Regularly reading news not only nurtures students’ understanding of the world, but creates a news reading community in which pupils are motivated to learn more, share their opinions and feel empowered with their richer, deeper understanding of global news.

3rd July - 9th July Edition

This week’s edition (pdf):

Enjoy News, Sports, Entertainment, Interviews, Puzzles, Competitions and more from First News Edition 733.

Some of this week's articles include;

  • A.I. ACTOR - An Artificially Intelligent (AI) robot actor has been given a starring role in a $70 million movie (£56.4m).
  • The Future of Cinema and Theatre - No pick ’n’ mix but there will be thermal imaging cameras. What exactly will it be like going to the cinema or theatre as lockdown starts to ease?
  • Up, Up and Away - Visiting outer space is still a distant dream for anyone who isn’t an astronaut, but a day trip to the stars is already open for bookings!
  • Into The Unknown - For the first time in forever, Frozen fans are being invited to see behind the scenes of Frozen 2.
  • Red All About It - Liverpool are champions of England for the first time in 30 years.

 26th June - 2nd July Edition

This week’s edition (pdf):

Enjoy News, Sports, Entertainment, Interviews, Puzzles, Competitions and more from First News Edition 732.

Some of this week's articles include;

  • Creative Writing on the Rise - Last Wednesday (24 June) was National Writing Day, and for the big day our friends from the National Literacy Trust (NLT) released a bunch of interesting statistics.
  • Marcus Wants To Do More - Thanks to Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, more than a million children in England won't go hungry over the summer. 
  • Local Heroes - A 12-year-old from Dorset has raised money for refugees by going on an epic bike ride.
  • Save Our Theatres - A group of well-known actors, writers and directors have warned that many Briti sh theatres could close forever because of COVID-19. 
  • Everyone Can Make A Change To The World - Last week First News told us about The School That Tried To End Racism, a brand new documentary on Channel 4. They spoke to Mahkai, Farrah and Henry, three of the students taking part in the show, about their experience. 

19th June - 25th June Edition

This week’s edition (pdf):

Enjoy News, Sports, Entertainment, Interviews, Puzzles, Competitions and more from First News Edition 731.

Some of this week's articles include;

  • PM Pushed On Green Recovery - More than 50 charities have written to the Prime Minister asking him to lead a green recovery to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • DINO-CROC! - Scientists believe that an ancient species of crocodile that lived around 120 million years ago, walked on its two back legs – just like a dinosaur!
  • Innovations - Robots with flexible feet made from coffee waste are being developed in the US so they can walk on uneven surfaces, just like humans.
  • Five Minutes with Tamara Smart - The actor tells us about playing Juliet in the film adaptation of Artemis Fowl. 
  • Dalai Lama's Debut Album - The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, is
    dropping his own album to mark his 85th birthday!
  • Introducing The Playstation 5 - At long last, we’ve been given a proper look at the PlayStation 5, and it’s something to behold!

 12th June - 18th June Edition

This week’s edition (pdf):

Enjoy News, Sports, Entertainment, Interviews, Puzzles, Competitions and more from First News Edition 730.

Some of this week's articles include;

  • Fighting the Virus of Racism  - Is this the moment we all stand together to say no to racism for good?
  • Time and Money Running Out For Zoos - Zoos across the country have been devastated by news that they will have to remain closed ‘indefi nitely’.
  • Local Heroes - An 11-year-old from London has raised more than £1,200 for the Royal Free Charity by making and selling happiness jars. 
  • Lockdown Helps Lungs - THE COVID-19 lockdown has improved the health of nearly two million people in the UK with lung conditions.
  • Chelsea The Champions - Chelsea have been crowned champions of the Women’s Super League (WSL), after the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic..

 5th June - 11th June Edition

This week’s edition (pdf):

Enjoy News, Sports, Entertainment, Interviews, Puzzles, Competitions and more from First News Edition 729.

Some of this week's articles include;

  • First Day Back - Year 6 boys returning to Moulsford Prep split into
    bubbles to ensure staff and boys stayed within set groups
  • Marathon Achievement - A nine-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has
    raised more than £92,000 by completing a marathon with his walker.
  • USA Protests - PROTESTS have been taking place all over the world following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA, after he was held down by police officers.
  • A New Story Begins - JK Rowling is releasing her first children’s book since the Harry Potter series.  
  • Fly Spy - A pigeon has been accused of being a spy in India.

29th May - 4th June Edition

First News Magazine - First News Issue 728 Subscriptions | Pocketmags

This week’s edition (pdf):

Enjoy News, Sports, Entertainment, Interviews, Puzzles, Competitions and more from First News Edition 728.

Some of this weeks articles include;

  • HEDGEHOGS ON THE UP - Lockdown and less traffic are among reasons why experts believe UK hedgehogs, whose numbers had plummeted, are making a comeback.
  • LOCAL HEROES - Two brothers have completed three marathons for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
  • ONLY YOU CAN SAVE THE PLANET - Sir David Attenborough thinks young people are the only ones who can save the Earth.
  • WILL QUARANTINE HIT SPORT? - Sports authorities are talking to the UK Government about how the upcoming COVID-19 quarantine measure may affect summer events. 

Year 5/6 News Comprehension

THIS WEEKS COMPREHENSION

  • WORLD TECHNOLOGY NEWS (Technology News, Up, up and away, Meet the SlothBot!, A.I. actor)  LOOK CLOSER HERE! (3rd July - 9th July) 

PREVIOUS WEEKS COMPREHENSIONS

  • WORLD NEWS! LOOK CLOSER HERE! (26th June -  2nd July) 
  • WHAT NEWS! (Animal News, 'Shark secrets', 'Off the menu', 'Dino-croc', Chooks in charge') LOOK CLOSER HERE! (19th June -  25th June) 
  • IN THE NEWS! Comprehensions based on 'US protests spread worldwide'! LOOK CLOSER HERE! (12th June - 18th June) 
  • SCIENCE NEWS! Comprehension based on Science news! LOOK CLOSER HERE! (5th June - 11th June)
  • TO PLAY SOMEONE I IDOLISED IS AMAZING! First News chatted with Otto Farrant, who plays Alex, the teenage spy and star of the Alex Rider books written by Anthony Horowitz.  LOOK CLOSER HERE! (29th May-4th July)

 

Year 3/4 News Comprehension

THIS WEEKS COMPREHENSION

  • Four Stories (World News, Animal News, Up, up and away, Gemstone jackpot)

Have a read and complete the questions here. (3rd July - 9th July)

PREVIOUS WEEKS COMPREHENSIONS

  • Four Stories (Turtle boost, World News, UK News, Stop plastic pollution!)

Have a read and complete the questions here. (26th June - 2nd July)

  • Four Stories (Home News, Animal News, 'It's back!', 'Are satellites ruining the skies?')

Have a read and complete the questions here. (19th June - 25th June)

  • FOUR Stories (WORLD NEW, NOSEY FOXES, WORLDWIDE PROTESTS, BACK TO SCHOOL PLANS SCRAPPED)

Have a read and complete the questions here. (12th June - 18th June)

    • Four Stories (At last blast off!, Beetle watch, Marine discoveries, News in Pictures)

    Have a read and complete the questions here. (5th June - 11th June)

    • Four Stories (World News, Crazy but True, Albie's adventures, Peachy performances)

    Have a read and complete the questions here. (29th May-4th July)

    Crosswords

    Crosswords are a puzzle consisting of a grid of squares and blanks into which words crossing vertically and horizontally are written according to clues.

    Crossword 1.pdf 

    (29th May-4th July)

    Crossword 2.pdf 

    (29th May-4th July)

    Crossword 3.pdf

    (5th June - 11th June)

    Crossword 4.pdf

    (5th June - 11th June)

    Crossword 5.pdf

    (12th June - 18th June)

    Crossword 6.pdf

    (12th June - 18th June)

    Crossword 6.pdf

    (12th June - 18th June)

    Crossword 8.pdf

    (19th June - 25th June)

    Crossword 9.pdf

    (26th June - 2nd July)

    Crossword 10.pdf

    (26th June - 2nd July)

    Crossword 11.pdf

    (3rd July - 9th July)

    Crossword 12.pdf

    (3rd July - 9th July)

     

     

    Why Is This In The News?

    Mystery News.pdf (5th June - 11th June)

    Mystery News.pdf (12th June - 18th June)

    Mystery News.pdf (19th June - 25th June)

    Mystery News.pdf (26th June - 2nd July)

    Mystery News.pdf (3rd July - 9th July)

    The News Debate

    DILEMMA: AFTER THE LOCKDOWN, SHOULD MORE BE DONE TO TACKLE AIR POLLUTION?

    THE DILEMMA

    Like most countries around the world, the UK entered lockdown in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost immediately, there were improvements to the air quality. The reduction in road traffic led directly to less pollution. In fact, the lockdown led to cleaner air in various parts of the world, especially in big cities such as London, New York and Milan. This has been a great benefit for our health, as air pollution is very harmful. One study found that in the first month of lockdown, There were 11,000 fewer deaths from pollution across Europe. It also found that there were 1.3 million fewer days off work, 6,000 fewer kids developing asthma, and 1,900 fewer trips to Accident and Emergency. In London, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in some of the busiest roads dropped to almost half their level before lockdown.

    News Debate (pdf)

    The News Debate

    DILEMMA: SHOULD SOLAR PARKS BE LOCATED IN FIELDS?

    THE DILEMMA

    Plans to build the biggest solar park in the UK have been given the go-ahead by the Government. The giant renewable energy facility will be built on 364 hectares (900 acres) of farmland in the Kent countryside. The Cleve Hill solar park will cost £450 million to construct and it is hoped it will generate enough electricity to power 91,000 homes. Building work is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2023. Almost 900,000 solar panels will fill the space.

    News Debate (pdf)

    The News Debate
    DILEMMA: SHOULD ALL FOOTBALL IN THE UK BE CANCELLED?

    THE DILEMMA
    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a total shutdown of professional sport worldwide. Most sporting events and leagues stopped in March and some events – such as the European Football Championships and the Olympics – have been postponed until next year. The Wimbledon tennis championships, due to take place in July, have been cancelled.

    New Debate (pdf)

    CRESSIDA cowell’S TOP TIPS FOR WRITING

    • Reading: Read, read and read some more! All reading counts – picture books, comics, audiobooks – you choose! A series of books can be a good starting point, because if you like book one then you’re hooked. And remember, don’t feel like you need finish a book that you’re not really enjoying – there is so much variety out there, so just put it down and give something else a try.
    • Have a blank notebook: If there is just one thing that will help develop your own stories it is having a notebook to draw and write in – just for the fun of it. Spelling and grammar and handwriting doesn’t matter in this one book, and you can put in it anything you want – it’s for stories, or notes, or drawings, or comic strips, or ideas for films or little pictures of characters.
    • Draw a map: This is a very useful starting point – many great books begin with a map, such as Treasure Island
      or Peter Pan. I use maps for every new world. Start by drawing your imaginary place and then give it boundaries, place names, distances, mark who lives where, are there any obstacles. From that you can begin to draw your characters…
    • Write a story about an amazing research fact: Research is a boring word for something that is actually really exciting! If you’re stuck for where to start a story, then surprising facts about the real world can give fantastic ideas – both history and the natural world are full of unbelievable things, so do some research and write a story about one.
    • Writing is like telling a really big lie: The more detail you put in, the more the character comes alive. It’s the
      difference between ‘Gobber has a big red beard’ and ‘Gobber has a beard like a hedgehog struck by lightning’, or ‘a beard like exploding fireworks’. Much more powerful! 

    Waterstones Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell has launched BookTrust’s new virtual hub to keep children entertained, reading and inspired from home. Each day she will be reading a chapter from How To Train Your Dragon, as well as sharing drawalongs, giving tips on how to get creative, setting challenges and answering questions.

    Visit Cressida’s YouTube channel (Youtube link) and Book Trust’s Home Time (Book Trust Website) for more creative inspiration!