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Child-friendly news

Where can you find suitable news stories to use in the classroom or at home as a family? Here’s our selection of age-appropriate news sites offering both UK and global perspectives
  • BBC Newsround offers daily stories on national, international, sports, entertainment and science news, as well as inspiring stories about children. You can watch the Newsround bulletins and read stories on the website.

  • BBC What’s New? is a news programme for young people in Africa aimed at 11- to 16-year-olds. A weekly broadcast is available to watch on their YouTube channel. They also include stories about children doing remarkable things in different African countries.

  • The Day is an online news service for schools, aimed mainly at the secondary age range. They report on daily current affairs across all subjects. You can read certain articles for free but must subscribe to access the full range of stories and materials. There is also a weekly news quiz that you can access for free.

  • Inside Science is a science news service from the American Institute of Physics. Some stories and language may be too complex for younger pupils. However it is a good source of weird and wonderful science news.

  • News for Kids publishes daily roundups of current news written for children, including explanations of unfamiliar terms. US-based but includes worldwide stories. Free to access with ads, paid for ad-free subscription available.

  • Space Scoop is an astronomy news website aimed at children aged 8 and above, with weekly stories from a wide range of international astronomical organisations. There are also podcasts available.

  • Tuesday News Day: each Tuesday, members of the News Literacy Network tweet recent news stories appropriate for school-age children to the hashtag #TuesdayNewsDay. The National Literacy Trust has discussion cards to help guide conversations and get children thinking critically.

  • Twig Science Reporter is a free online primary science news service. News updates and related teaching resources are published each week. From Imperial College and Twig Education.

  • Twinkl NewsRoom publishes a primary-age-appropriate news story and activities every day, with a fake news quiz each Saturday. There are options for both upper and lower KS2.

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