Resources for teachers, parents and children
Encourage critical thinking about the news by receiving a weekly resource bulletin full of topical activities
Resources designed for form/pastoral time or for home-learning
01 News Cycle | TikTok
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! The download includes Part 1 and 2.
02 News Cycle | Russia
Help learners discover the story of Alexei Navalny – a prominent critic of President Putin who was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. What do we know so far? What are governments saying about the case? The download includes Part 1 and 2.
Coronavirus and gender
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.
Coronavirus and wellbeing
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.
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?
Crisis and conspiracies
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.
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 to each other.
Freedom of speech
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.
Front page news
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?
Numeracy in the news
Apply numeracy skills to the real world by helping learners make sense of the numbers in the news: investigate how numbers can be presented to support a viewpoint, interrogate the accuracy of headline claims and empower learners to make their own judgments based on evidence.
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!
Racism Part I
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.
Racism Part II
“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?
Rights and the internet
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.
Can your learners complete our scavenger-hunt challenge? Pit them against each other, or the clock! There are ten answers to find, all lurking within the resources we’ve sent out since March. Can they collect them all? Each resource can be downloaded from this section of this page.
Seeing the whole picture
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?
Sport and politics I
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?
Sport and politics II
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!
Recently, many people have been reflecting on their lifestyles and values. This resource asks: Is a vegan society a better society? Let learners explore what it means to be vegan, approach the debate from several different angles, and get into character to make decisions!
What’s the news?
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.