The News Project goes online Autumn 2020

Join the News Project – now online

It’s never been more important for children to learn about the news, where it comes from and how to be critical consumers and producers of news in its many forms and sources. To do it in an exceptionally fun way, alongside a real news organisation, is a truly memorable experience for everyone involved.

So we’re really thrilled to be working once more with First News this term to run our unique News Project again – and this year it’s all going to take place remotely. The good news is that this means that more schools and more children will be able to take part. The target year group once again is Year 5.

What’s involved?

The essentials are that teachers will attend a short online CPD session on 7th October. They will then undertake regular weekly activities with their pupils in class (or through home learning) on news and digital literacy related topics during the next four weeks, using (or adapting) some special resources provided for the project. These will include First News and iHub resources which will be freely available for the period of the project and many can also be used subsequently.

Exciting challenge day

This period of regular weekly activity will culminate in a challenge day on 18th November, this year hosted online, where schools will put forward a team to compete and collaborate so that pupils can show the range of skills and knowledge they have acquired. 

Last year’s participants also made editorial decisions around content for the real First New edition coming out the week of the event – and this year there will be a similar opportunity adapted to the current pandemic situation. Take a look at this blog post, describing last year’s challenge day, for a sense of just how valuable the event was, for children and teachers alike. 

Activities will be spaced out during the day and take into account school circumstances at the time. There will be no need to come to the CLC this time (here’s hoping we return to that next year).

By the end of the project each school will have created a community of news readers and writers who can understand how reliable news is produced and developed pupils’ capabilities as discerning users of online and offline news media.

Find out more or sign up – but be quick!

If you’d like to find out more, or register an interest for your school if you haven’t already done so, please contact James or Peter but please remember places are limited so don’t leave it too long if you’d like to join in.

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Upcoming CPD

Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

- 15:30
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.


The Play Observatory - Prof. John Potter

“In their own words”: Westminster Abbey & CLC digital projects - Sian Shaw

Building (and maintaining) a city-wide primary arts curriculum to raise attainment - Kate Fellows

More to be added soon

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions.

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations (details below) followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
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Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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