Teaching the news in Primary Schools?

Teaching resource suppliers Picture News are helping Primary schools across the country to teach pupils about life, current affairs, values and social awareness in the world around them. The company produces weekly posters featuring a different news story and engaging image – designed in part with weekly assemblies on current affairs in mind. Each tube contains an A2-sized poster with a thought-provoking question, KS1/KS2 ideas, British values cards and web links for further learning on the story.

Designed for Primary schools with a different news story and engaging image each week, Picture News sends resources for KS1 and KS2 to schools each Thursday. Schools interested can order free samples via the company’s website.

“One of the most common observations made by teachers who have tried to improve pupils’ spiritual, moral social and cultural development is that there are too few resources and material available to help make an impact,” said Picture News’ Rob Harrison.

“Unfortunately, it can be hard for staff to find content, ideas or even know exactly how and what to teach from the quite frankly, overwhelming and shocking stories that are found in our news bulletins. Children love to learn about the world around them and about news stories unfolding right now in our changing world.”

Sarah Kay-Wood, headteacher at Market Weighton Infant School, said: “It went down really well in assembly. I especially like the link to British values and the fact the poster and British Value caption will make an instant display after assembly. I like the way you differentiate between the key stages.”