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Unit of work

NewsWise lesson plans and resources for 7- to 11-year-olds

The NewsWise unit of work engages pupils with the news and develops crucial critical literacy skills. Each lesson incorporates authentic skills from the newsroom, with pupils progressing through Journalist Training School as they complete the unit, culminating in them producing their own news report at the end of the project. Download all the lesson plans and activities for your class in one place here.
Sign up for a virtual journalist visit
Our virtual journalist visits are open to everyone!

Bring the newsroom to your classroom: sign your class of 9- to 11-year-olds up for a Q&A with a real journalist in summer term.
Key resource: NewsWise navigator
The NewsWise navigator is designed to help children check if they can trust what they are reading. Download the poster to display in the classroom and give to your pupils to use in class and at home as they develop their news literacy skills.
Key resource: NewsWise values poster
The NewsWise values act as a reference point throughout the project and define what we believe news should aim to be.
Developing a safe climate for learning about the news
How to ensure you are supporting pupils to engage with the news safely.
Some news stories can be upsetting or worrying for children, especially when there is also a lot of misinformation about the topic. Discover our guidance on discussing news safely in the classroom.

Finished NewsWise?

Please complete this short survey, telling us about your and your pupils' experiences of the project. All feedback you provide helps us to keep improving NewsWise.
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