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First News is the award-winning weekly newspaper for children. Every week, the specialist First News journalists provide up-to-date, insightful and dynamic articles on a range of subjects from politics to popular culture, from science to citizenship. From reluctant readers to high achievers, with our resources we make reading exciting, relevant and fun for thousands of pupils across the world. Our reading activities use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom.

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First News is the award-winning weekly newspaper for children. Every week, the specialist First News journalists provide up-to-date, insightful and dynamic articles on a range of subjects from politics to popular culture, from science to citizenship. From reluctant readers to high achievers, with our resources we make reading exciting, relevant and fun for thousands of pupils across the world. Our reading activities use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom.
Easter Around the World KS2 Reading Comprehension
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Easter Around the World KS2 Reading Comprehension

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Help to improve literacy and reading skills with this reading comprehension looking at Easter Around the World and other recent news stories. Pupils are asked to read an article about Easter traditions in different cultures and then answer questions on the information they have just learned. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
KS2 News Comprehension: Suffragettes and the vote for women
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KS2 News Comprehension: Suffragettes and the vote for women

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This upper KS2 comprehension takes a deep dive into the history of votes for women in the UK, using this source as a way for pupils to improve literacy and vocabulary. It includes comprehension questions written by education experts alongside a detailed answer sheet for teachers. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3.
Origins of Easter KS2 Reading Activities
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Origins of Easter KS2 Reading Activities

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Help to improve literacy and reading skills with this reading comprehension looking at the origins of Easter and different Easter traditions around the World. Pupils are asked to read an article about Easter and then answer questions on the information they have just learned. This resource includes a detailed sheet of example answers for teachers. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
Explore Queensland's Great Barrier Reef
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Explore Queensland's Great Barrier Reef

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The ‘Be a Great Barrier Reef Explorer’ Education Pack is aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils, but can be easily adapted for Key Stage 1 class projects or for independent research at Key Stage 3. The education pack promotes children becoming advocates of the need to protect worldwide coral reefs. As the UK National Curriculum is currently changing, this pack will support any class looking to explore learning in Science, Geography, English and Citizenship. www.firstnews.co.uk/forschools
First News World War Activities - Teacher Overview
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First News World War Activities - Teacher Overview

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First News' World War teaching resources support First News’ WW1 and WW2 newspaper editions (which you can buy via http://www.firstnews.co.uk/special-issues/). This Teacher Overview PDF outlines all of the free World War resources available. The activities are intended to give pupils a greater knowledge and understanding of the key events in both conflicts – as well as the art of newspaper writing.
Monarchs Throughout History
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Monarchs Throughout History

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The crown placed upon Queen Elizabeth II’s head during her Coronation service (when everyone shouted 'God Save the Queen' for the first time), is made from a crown belonging to Edward the Confessor. This timeline will take you back in time to discover all the Kings and Queens who have worn this crown. You’ll pick up some vital and interesting facts about each of the Kings and Queens who have ruled over England over the past 1000 years, and of history in general. Enjoy the journey ...
First News WW2 activities - News Quiz
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First News WW2 activities - News Quiz

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First News' World War teaching resources support First News’ WW1 and WW2 newspaper editions (which you can buy via http://www.firstnews.co.uk/special-issues/). This quiz activity, with its focus on information retrieval, encourages pupils to read the newspaper from cover to cover and provides a useful overview for your class of the key events which shaped World War Two. A glossary, to help with key vocabulary is included.
'What's in a Newspaper Report?' Poster / Activity
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'What's in a Newspaper Report?' Poster / Activity

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An in-depth look into the aspects of a newspaper report. The features are annotated on an actual sports news story that appeared in First News. These include: headline, lead paragraph, quote, captions, inverted pyramid and more. Use as a reference guide sheet for spotting similar features in other news stories. All First News stories are written for 7 to 14 year olds - the weekly paper is available on news stands or by subscription every Friday..
KS3 News Crossword:  Plastic recycling crisis
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KS3 News Crossword: Plastic recycling crisis

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Develop your pupils’ vocabulary with this entertaining KS3 crossword. The UK is on the verge of a recycling crisis, as authorities figure out how to deal with a Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste. Boost your your class’ vocabulary and understanding of recycling, sustainability and waste management with this First News puzzle! First News comprehensions are excellent for vocabulary development, exam preparation, and comprehension. First News puzzles use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each puzzle contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and an engaging crossword that encourages vocabulary development in your pupils. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
Origins of Easter KS2 Reading Activities
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Origins of Easter KS2 Reading Activities

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Help to improve literacy and reading skills with this reading comprehension looking at the origins of Easter and different Easter traditions around the World. Pupils are asked to read an article about Easter and then answer questions on the information they have just learned. This resource includes a detailed sheet of example answers for teachers. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
KS2 News Comprehension: Water refills and pooch poo power
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KS2 News Comprehension: Water refills and pooch poo power

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This lower KS2 comprehension asks questions about two stories concerning sustainability and recycling. The first story looks at how water refill points could reduce the amount of plastic in the ocean, while the second asks pupils about a generator that transforms dog poo into energy! First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
First News Easter Bundle
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First News Easter Bundle

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Three reading comprehensions each at a different reading level exploring the origin of Easter and different Easter traditions around the world.
KS2 News Crossword: Pig Protest
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KS2 News Crossword: Pig Protest

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Develop your pupils’ vocabulary with this entertaining upper KS2 crossword. Pupils at a school in Hampshire were raising four pigs that were due to made into meat but, after a petition from a vegan parent, the pigs have been given away. Your pupils can learn more about meat production and improve their vocabulary with the puzzle. First News comprehensions are excellent for vocabulary development, SATS preparation, and comprehension. First News puzzles use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each puzzle contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and an engaging crossword that encourages vocabulary development in your pupils. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
KS2 News Comprehension: Animal behaviour
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KS2 News Comprehension: Animal behaviour

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This lower KS2 comprehension looks at recent research into left- and right-handed cats and the predatory behaviour of the amazing Pelican Spider. These stories allow students to work on their reading and literacy skills while discovering more about this fascinating area of biological science. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3.
KS2 News Comprehension: Fossils and the moon
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KS2 News Comprehension: Fossils and the moon

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This lower KS2 comprehension looks at two incredible science stories concerning fossils in Buckingham Palace and a huge cave on the moon. These stories allow students to work on their reading and literacy skills while getting inspired by science news. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. *First News *reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3.
Ramadan Full Lesson KS2/3 Activity Sheet
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Ramadan Full Lesson KS2/3 Activity Sheet

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Help to improve literacy and reading skills with this reading comprehension looking at the history and practices of Ramadan. Pupils are asked to read an article about Ramadan and then answer questions on the information they have just learned. There is then a group activity to bring the whole class together at the end of the lesson. This resource includes a detailed sheet of example answers for teachers. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving literacy in the classroom.
KS2 News Comprehension: World News
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KS2 News Comprehension: World News

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This lower KS2 comprehension looks at fascination news from the UK and across the world, allow students to work on their reading and literacy skills while getting informed about current events. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3.
KS2 News Crossword : Barking trains and silent planes
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KS2 News Crossword : Barking trains and silent planes

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Develop your pupils’ vocabulary with this entertaining Level One puzzle. Pupils read two news story concerning recent engineering innovations and then complete a crossword using the vocabulary they have just read in the articles. First News comprehensions are excellent for vocabulary development, SATS preparation, and comprehension. First News puzzles use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each puzzle contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and an engaging crossword that encourages vocabulary development in your pupils. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
KS3 Comprehension: When do you become an adult?
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KS3 Comprehension: When do you become an adult?

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This upper KS3 comprehension takes a look at what it means to grow up and the science behind puberty. First News comprehensions are excellent for guided reading, SATS preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. First News reading comprehensions use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each comprehension contains an article taken from First News, the award-winning weekly newspaper for children, and a selection of engaging questions written by education experts. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3
KS3 News Debate: Should eSports be in the Olympics?
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KS3 News Debate: Should eSports be in the Olympics?

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Spark a discussion in your classroom with this KS3 Debate discussing whether eSports should be part of the Olympics. First News debates use current event to make literacy relevant and exciting in the classroom. Each debate is written by education experts and breaks down an issue so that your pupils can have an informed opinion. First News debates are excellent for debate practice, vocabulary, exam preparation, and improving critical literacy in the classroom. **This is a First News Level One activity aimed at Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4). Each week, First News creates three levels of literacy activities based on news stories: ** Level One for Lower KS2 (Y3 & Y4) Level Two for Upper KS2 (Y5 & Y6) Level Three for KS3