NewsWise is a free, cross-curricular news literacy project for 7-to-11-year-olds across the UK. It helps teachers empower their Key Stage 2 pupils to understand, critically navigate and report real news.
The programme is free for schools, and is run in partnership with the Guardian Foundation and the PSHE Association.
Visit the NewsWise programme page to learn how your school can join the programme and benefit from:
- an interactive ‘Enter the Newsroom’ workshop, delivered by the NewsWise team
- opportunities to meet and work with real journalists
- training for teachers to run NewsWise in the classroom
- a Guardian newspaper for each pupil taking part
- a year of National Literacy Trust membership
Supporting the programme we have a fully planned cross-curricular English and PSHE unit of work, with lesson plans and resources designed by literacy specialists and critical literacy experts, free to access for all teachers:
- NewsWise unit of work: with a full set of lesson plans and accompanying resources
- NewsWise teacher guide: to help you make the most of the NewsWise unit of work
- NewsWise Navigator: a poster guide to help pupils check if they can trust what they are reading
- Child friendly news: a selection of age-appropriate news resources
- Creating a newsroom in your classroom: tips and ideas on how to turn your classroom into a newsroom.
- Reporting real news stories with your class: teacher guidance on generating ideas for news stories about real people, events and issues
- Celebrate your pupils' work: ideas for sharing and celebrating your pupils news reports, plus certificates
- Happy News Project: a project for classroom and home learning focusing on wellbeing
Crisis in Ukraine: looking after children's wellbeing
Pupils might be finding news stories about the crisis in Ukraine overwhelming and upsetting. These resources can help you implement strategies to look after their wellbeing while safely discussing the news and answering their questions.
- Developing a safe climate for learning about the news
- Managing feelings about the news lesson plan
- Wellbeing and the news: NewsWise for families
During major news stories, misinformation spreads easily. False information can be distressing. These resources will help your pupils to develop the skills to sport fake news and seek out factual information.