We use Picture News in school to teach the children about current events that are happening, or have happened very recently in the UK and around the world. The resources always pose a question for the children to respond to e.g. ‘Should animals be used for our entertainment?’, which prompts the children to have a discussion about whether they agree with what has happened, or disagree or simply just share an opinion or their understanding about what has happened.
Often the resources reflect the big news stories that we see on the television and in news-papers, for example, the recent Australian bush fires. Teaching the news not only provides great content and grips children’s attention, it is also something that the children can impact. It is current, happening now and so their voice is given meaning and purpose. It is our world and we all matter.
Picture News contributes to our curriculum of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education – SMSC for short. Picture News also links to the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect, individual liberty and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs, which are life-long lessons that we want to promote with our children here at Oak Hill First School.
We send home the Picture News newspaper and the weekly focus News article each week for parents to share with their child/ren at home.