Getting Your Learners Talking about the News
Twinkl NewsRoom helps educators get their learners talking about the news. Every day, NewsRoom’s team of experienced teachers produce age-appropriate news articles with reading questions that are linked to the key stage 2 national curriculum reading objectives.
What is Twinkl NewsRoom?
Twinkl NewsRoom creates child-friendly news articles written by teachers. Every day the NewsRoom page on the Twinkl website updates with a brand-new story. What’s more, there are also films and quizzes for you to engage your learners with current affairs.
Who works on the NewsRoom team?
The NewsRoom team consists of content writers and illustrators. All our writers have worked as teachers for many years. They understand all about life in the classroom. The team use their experience to develop comprehension questions that will help children develop key reading skills, such as inference and retrieval, and understand how to engage children with current affairs.
How are news stories chosen?
Every day, the team meets to look at stories emerging in the news. They choose stories that they know are relevant to children’s experiences and can be used to meet curriculum objectives.
How can I use the resources in my setting?
You can either print off the articles or display them on an electronic device. NewsRoom is ideal to use with a whole class or in groups during guided reading sessions. You might like to start by looking at the image and asking children to predict what is occurring in the news. If it’s obvious, you may want to ask children if they know anything about the topic mentioned in the article. You might want to get learners to read as a pair and get them to underline any words they don’t understand. Once the children have done this, go through any misunderstandings. Then, get them to complete the reading questions.
How long does it take to complete a session with NewsRoom?
Using a NewsRoom article should take about 20-30 minutes to complete with your learners. Each one comes with an open-ended task sheet that is perfect for exploring a topic in the news in greater depth. The explore task is a research-based activity, the Writing and discussion tasks do what they say and the investigate task focuses on maths or science skills.
How can I access Twinkl NewsRoom?
You can find every NewsRoom article at www.twinkl.co.uk/newsroom The landing page updates every day with brand-new content. If you can’t wait for the next article, don’t worry. You can also find the next day’s news story on The Home Learning Hub from 4:00 p.m. (BST) onwards.
I’ve not got time to read a whole article. What else can I use?
We understand completely that your time is valuable. That’s why NewsRoom produces child-friendly news films. All you need to do is stream the film clip on the whiteboard and pause the video to allow your learners time to discuss what is going on.
You can subscribe to the Twinkl NewsRoom Youtube channel to get a weekly video clip that helps your class talk about the news.