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Each week, we publish news resources designed for learners aged 9-14. A range of activities help them tackle the big stories in depth and think critically in an age of fake news.

If you work in a school, use them to get thoughtful discussions going in as little as 20 minutes such as in form/pastoral time. These resources can also be used at home: whether you're a home-educator keen to embed the news in your curriculum or a parent who enjoys kitchen-table conversations.

ABOUT NEWS CYCLE

Since September, we have focussed on one story for two weeks through our new series of resources: News Cycle

A news cycle is the period of time between one news story, or batch of stories, being published and replaced by another. Our two-week approach helps young people follow the latest issues and see beyond the headlines to digest what's happening. In part 1, learners get everything they need to know about the story and tackle some initial questions. In part 2, they explore deeper concepts and develop their opinions.

THIS WEEK'S STORY
The Tokyo Olympics

Download the first of two resources on the questions surrounding the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games. Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far, and invite them to argue from different perspectives.

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Coronavirus resources

Tokyo Olympics

February 23rd, 2021

Download the first of two resources on the questions surrounding the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games. Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far, and invite them to argue from different perspectives.

From infodemic to pandemic | Scheme of work

February 19th, 2021

Download a full scheme of work to explore numbers in the news and how the media can shape a story. The covid-19 pandemic has kept people glued to the news, but is there such a thing as too much information? Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

Covid-19 vaccines

December 21st, 2020

Safe and successful covid-19 vaccines have given hope to many, but who will benefit first? And how significant will these breakthroughs be? Help learners get to grips with the numbers behind this development. Perfect to use in the first week of the new year.

Gender pay gap

November 30th, 2020

During lockdown, many families reverted back to the traditional set-up of mothers doing more childcare. Experts say we are at a “coronavirus crossroads”: without more support for working mothers, the gender pay gap could widen. What should be done?

Numeracy in the news

November 20th, 2020

What’s been most effective in the UK’s economic response to covid-19? What’s the bigger problem for US presidential elections: the electoral college system or voter turnout? Supported by KPMG, this workshop gets students analysing data to draw their own conclusions.

Robot Revolution

November 13th, 2020

Covid-19 is changing the way we work. Businesses have been forced to adapt and many have turned to technology in the hope of finding new, more efficient ways of working. Are we on course for a “robot revolution”? If yes, what will it look like?

Covid-19 and Trump

October 13th, 2020

Download activities that assess the information around President Trump’s positive test for covid-19. How did the information emerge and who from? What do people think about how Mr Trump handled his own diagnosis? Part 1 and 2.

Coronavirus and the environment

September 29th, 2020

Lockdowns saw pollution levels in many countries plummet. Yet, as activity returns to normal, so will emissions. Is this an opportunity to press the reset button and build back better? The download includes Part 1 and 2.

Crisis and conspiracies

July 7th, 2020

Help learners separate fact from fiction by understanding how conspiracy theories start and spread. Also, who is responsible for stopping their spread? Look at fake stories about the coronavirus and investigate the dangers of letting conspiracy theories go unchallenged.

Seeing the whole picture

June 15th, 2020

Photographs can shape our reactions to current affairs. How do we know when to trust them? These fun activities help learners explore the role of photographs in the news and challenge them to step behind the lens themselves. Can they create two contrasting impressions of the same subject?

Coronavirus and wellbeing

May 15th, 2020

Help children reflect on their wellbeing in the current climate and consider how they could help themselves and others. This resource encourages learners to think about how people are coping during the pandemic and the factors that can affect this. Learners can also find links to help on mental health.

Coronavirus and gender

May 4th, 2020

Is the coronavirus affecting men and women differently? Encourage learners to study this question from several angles: from death rates, to the impact of lockdown to numbers on the front line. Challenge them to form and express opinions based on verifiable evidence.

Freedom of speech

May 1st, 2020

Provoke thinking about what people should be allowed to say, and who should make the rules. This resource helps learners take a stance on debates about freedom of speech – a concept that’s becoming even more central as the internet gives many people a platform to speak.

COVID-19

March 24th, 2020

Covid-19 stories are shared at the click of a button and debates are arising about the world’s response. Encourage learners to assess the truth of what they read about the coronavirus and reflect on the different perspectives on this unfolding story. What can we learn from our experiences so far?

Social justice resources

Coup in Myanmar

February 9th, 2021

On February 1st, the Myanmar army seized power by arresting the country’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Download activities to help learners understand the significance of this coup.

Girls in Education

February 1st, 2021

Helps learners to think about girls and education around the world. Why is education important? Why can’t some girls go to school? What might happen if girls got the same educational opportunities as boys?

Creative conversations about the news

January 22nd, 2021

Help learners to initiate creative conversations about the news. This resource uses George Orwell’s writing as a source of inspiration for getting students’ own ideas onto paper.

Protest: does it work?

January 8th, 2021

Download a special set of resources on protest: six 20-minute sessions, each with an easy-to-follow activity exploring thought-provoking questions such as: why do people protest? What impact could protest have? And does protest work?

Gender pay gap

November 30th, 2020

During lockdown, many families reverted back to the traditional set-up of mothers doing more childcare. Experts say we are at a “coronavirus crossroads”: without more support for working mothers, the gender pay gap could widen. What should be done?

Racism Part II

June 26th, 2020

“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed,” said the actor Will Smith in 2016. Download activities that investigate the historical context behind the Black Lives Matter movement and explore questions about what’s happening right now, such as is racism always obvious?

Racism Part I

June 19th, 2020

Help learners to explore questions like: What is prejudice? What does discrimination look like? Whose responsibility is it to end racism? This download also includes advice on managing sensitive conversations with young people and contains links to further anti-racism resources.

Freedom of speech

May 1st, 2020

Provoke thinking about what people should be allowed to say, and who should make the rules. This resource helps learners take a stance on debates about freedom of speech – a concept that’s becoming even more central as the internet gives many people a platform to speak.

Knife crime

March 11th, 2019

This workshop opens up the discussion about knife crime, the statistics and some possible solutions. It’s suitable for 11- to 16-year-olds and teachers are encouraged to adapt it as necessary. There are two activities which total 40 minutes (can be run separately).

Technology resources

Deepfake technology

January 11th, 2021

Help learners explain why the 2020 alternative Christmas message caused controversy and assess the scale of the problem posed by deepfake technology. This the first of two resources – the second will be published on Tuesday January 19th.

Robot Revolution

November 13th, 2020

Covid-19 is changing the way we work. Businesses have been forced to adapt and many have turned to technology in the hope of finding new, more efficient ways of working. Are we on course for a “robot revolution”? If yes, what will it look like?

TikTok

September 1st, 2020

Download the first in our new series of resources designed for form/pastoral time. In this resource, learners investigate why Donald Trump seeks to ban the social app TikTok. Get thoughtful discussions going in as little as 20 minutes!

Rights and the internet

July 3rd, 2020

Unsurprisingly, worldwide internet use has soared over the past few months. Download activities that help learners understand what human rights are, and decide for themselves whether getting online is now a human right, and whether the current coronavirus pandemic is a factor.

Seeing the whole picture

June 15th, 2020

Photographs can shape our reactions to current affairs. How do we know when to trust them? These fun activities help learners explore the role of photographs in the news and challenge them to step behind the lens themselves. Can they create two contrasting impressions of the same subject?

Extreme weather

April 17th, 2020

A six-session resource that explores the impact of extreme weather. Encourage learners to investigate how extreme weather affects different communities, evaluate different responses that the world can make and reflect on the responsibilities countries have.

A positive human future

October 15th, 2019

Inspire discussions in their classrooms about the future of cities! Explore and debate the opportunities and challenges of modern city living, unpick the data informing us about cities, research and evaluate case studies of technological innovation in cities and generate ideas of their own.

Finding the truth with photographs

November 16th, 2018

This workshop explores media representation of current affairs using the war photography of Roger Fenton in The Crimean War. This workshop covers areas of History, English and Citizenship. It will take approximately 75 minutes to run.

Climate change resources

Coronavirus and the environment

September 29th, 2020

Lockdowns saw pollution levels in many countries plummet. Yet, as activity returns to normal, so will emissions. Is this an opportunity to press the reset button and build back better? The download includes Part 1 and 2.

Veganism (home-learning version)

April 9th, 2020

Recently, many people have been reflecting on their lifestyles and values. Is a vegan society a better society? Let learners explore what it means to be vegan and approach the debate from several different angles.

Extreme weather

April 17th, 2020

A six-session resource that explores the impact of extreme weather. Encourage learners to investigate how extreme weather affects different communities, evaluate different responses that the world can make and reflect on the responsibilities countries have.

World Earth Day

March 4th, 2020

April 22nd is Earth Day, and this resource engages students with big questions about climate change and climate action. They’re challenged to consider the specific steps they can take over different timescales, to discuss the obstacles and to question where responsibilities lie.

A positive human future

October 15th, 2019

Inspire discussions in their classrooms about the future of cities! Explore and debate the opportunities and challenges of modern city living, unpick the data informing us about cities, research and evaluate case studies of technological innovation in cities and generate ideas of their own.

The climate emergency

June 3rd, 2019

Introduce students to the climate emergency and get them discussing big questions from a range of perspectives. Help them form their own opinions on responsibility, action and obstacles to progress. This resource is particularly good for developing students’ ability to give reasons for their answers.

Veganism (classroom version)

June 1st, 2018

A 6-session scheme of work to help learners explore what it means to be vegan, approach the debate from several different angles, and get into character to make decisions! A home-learning version is also available.

Politics resources

Tokyo Olympics

February 23rd, 2021

Download the first of two resources on the questions surrounding the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games. Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far, and invite them to argue from different perspectives.

Coup in Myanmar

February 9th, 2021

On February 1st, the Myanmar army seized power by arresting the country’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Download activities to help learners understand the significance of this coup.

Inauguration

January 26th, 2021

Just before noon on January 20th, Joe Biden and Kamala took their respective oaths of office and spoke of uniting America and putting an end to “this uncivil war”. This week, download activities to help learners comprehend the significance of their inauguration.

American Election Results

November 10th, 2020

Nearly 88 hours after most polls closed Joe Biden secured Pennsylvania and, with it, the presidency. Help learners understand why it took so long to announce a winner, why Donald Trump refuses to concede and what the result might mean for America.

Covid-19 and Trump

October 13th, 2020

Download activities that assess the information around President Trump’s positive test for covid-19. How did the information emerge and who from? What do people think about how Mr Trump handled his own diagnosis? Part 1 and 2.

Russia

September 15th, 2020

Help learners think critically about the story of Alexei Navalny – a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin – who was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. What do we know so far? What are governments saying about the case? Includes Part 1 and 2.

Sport and politics II

June 4th, 2020

Building on our first sport and politics session, this resource helps learners see the arguments on either side of the debate – should sport and politics mix? Through this activity, they can hear from a range of viewpoints on this question and are challenged to stage their own radio discussion!

Sport and politics I

May 28th, 2020

More than ever, politicians, players and the public have been weighing in on sport’s role and responsibilities. These activities help learners explore whether sport and politics should mix. Is it acceptable to express political opinions on the field? Do sportspeople have greater responsibilities than others?

Political cartoons

April 6th, 2020

The Economist’s editorial cartoonist, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, guides learners through his creative process before challenging them to get drawing. Discover the importance of “four hats” to the design process and get learners planning and drawing their own news cartoons!

Politicians and Power

January 31st, 2020

This resource gives students the opportunity to discuss and make judgements on real examples of politicians’ behaviour, leading to ethical questions about justice, democracy, responsibility and power. It complements the National Curriculum for England: KS2-4 Citizenship.

Numeracy resources

From infodemic to pandemic | Scheme of work

February 19th, 2021

Download a full scheme of work to explore numbers in the news and how the media can shape a story. The covid-19 pandemic has kept people glued to the news, but is there such a thing as too much information? Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

Numeracy in the news

November 20th, 2020

What’s been most effective in the UK’s economic response to covid-19? What’s the bigger problem for US presidential elections: the electoral college system or voter turnout? Supported by KPMG, this workshop gets students analysing data to draw their own conclusions.

Numeracy in the News (pre-pandemic)

March 13th, 2020

A 4-hour workshop exploring the numbers behind stories including the 2016 US election, recent football world cups and space travel. Supported by KPMG, this workshop gets students analysing data to draw their own conclusions.

Learning from the financial crisis

October 26th, 2018

Learn about the financial system, how it affects them, and how people’s decisions determine whether it works well or goes wrong. Also, learn what the Bank of England does, what happened in the financial crisis and what is being done to make banks safer.

News literacy resources

Tokyo Olympics

February 23rd, 2021

Download the first of two resources on the questions surrounding the upcoming Tokyo Olympic games. Must the games begin? Introduce learners to the story so far, and invite them to argue from different perspectives.

From infodemic to pandemic | Scheme of work

February 19th, 2021

Download a full scheme of work to explore numbers in the news and how the media can shape a story. The covid-19 pandemic has kept people glued to the news, but is there such a thing as too much information? Has the pandemic led to an infodemic?

Coup in Myanmar

February 9th, 2021

On February 1st, the Myanmar army seized power by arresting the country’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Download activities to help learners understand the significance of this coup.

Girls in Education

February 1st, 2021

Helps learners to think about girls and education around the world. Why is education important? Why can’t some girls go to school? What might happen if girls got the same educational opportunities as boys?

Creative conversations about the news

January 22nd, 2021

Help learners to initiate creative conversations about the news. This resource uses George Orwell’s writing as a source of inspiration for getting students’ own ideas onto paper.

Crisis and conspiracies

July 7th, 2020

Help learners separate fact from fiction by understanding how conspiracy theories start and spread. Also, who is responsible for stopping their spread? Look at fake stories about the coronavirus and investigate the dangers of letting conspiracy theories go unchallenged.

Seeing the whole picture

June 15th, 2020

Photographs can shape our reactions to current affairs. How do we know when to trust them? These fun activities help learners explore the role of photographs in the news and challenge them to step behind the lens themselves. Can they create two contrasting impressions of the same subject?

Front page news

May 12th, 2020

A recent study by Columbia University suggested that when people find news online, many do not get beyond the headlines. Help learners think for themselves about the power of headlines and the ways newspapers present stories. What responsibilities do they have to their audiences?

What’s the news?

April 27th, 2020

When children talk about the news, they’ll often focus on events rather than where the stories have come from. This resource helps learners step back and think more carefully about where they find their news in order to help form an accurate picture of the world and justify opinions based on sound evidence.

Political cartoons

April 6th, 2020

The Economist’s editorial cartoonist, Kevin “Kal” Kallaugher, guides learners through his creative process before challenging them to get drawing. Discover the importance of “four hats” to the design process and get learners planning and drawing their own news cartoons!

What’s the news? (classroom version)

October 4th, 2019

A 30-minute lesson for use in the classroom. Help learners step back and think more carefully about where they find their news in order to help form an accurate picture of the world and justify opinions based on sound evidence. A home-learning version is also available.

Finding the truth with photographs

November 16th, 2018

This workshop explores media representation of current affairs using the war photography of Roger Fenton in The Crimean War. This workshop covers areas of History, English and Citizenship. It will take approximately 75 minutes to run.

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