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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

Teaching news in the classroom? Download our free unit of work, with all the lessons plans and resources you need in one place
  • 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.

  • Dogo News is an online news site for children with stories written from an international perspective.

  • Newsahoot publishes news reports on their website and app. Based in India but features child-friendly stories from across the world. The articles are freely accessible without an account; create a free account and you can access definitions of key words in the stories.

  • 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.

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

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

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