A whole day school workshop during which students go through the process of sniffing out a great story, doing interviews and research, and lastly writing up that front page scoop!
The first part of the session is devoted to finding that story! Sally talks about the ways real-life journalists find the news and what makes a good story. Your ‘scoop’ can be made up, or taken from one of Sally’s existing stories.
In the second part of the session students work in pairs and learn how to interview people and research facts online.
The afternoon is spent writing up the story with lots of guidance from Sally. Students then present their story to the rest of the class and Sally will award a Best Student Journalist trophy to the reporter who has impressed her the most!
If there’s any time left, students get their chance to quiz Sally about her time on newspapers. A great way to wrap up the day – pupils will be left with a comprehensive understanding of what it’s like to work on a real-life newspaper.
This school workshop is especially beneficial for those about to make career choices. It is also an excellent literacy boost for groups of children receiving pupil premium.
The workshop can be repeated up to four times a day to divide larger groups.
This school workshop is also available as a half day session.
KS3 National Curriculum - English
Pupils will learn the importance of being clear, coherent and accurate in spoken and written communication which will go towards reaching their attainment target ‘competence.’ Checking accuracy is vitally important in anything which is reported to the general public.
KS3 GCSE students learn more in-depth skills such as writing to argue, writing to persuade and writing to describe, as well as having the chance to re-draft to improve accuracy and the cohesive flow of the article.