Getting to grips with journalism through our Fairtrade topic

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We are encouraging our pupils here at Mengham Junior School to become good writers by studying journalism

The Year 6 children are looking at journalism and journalistic writing.

They are doing it through a topic on Fairtrade.

They are working with the Co-op as they sell a lot of Fairtrade products and the children are doing it based on a novel called Rubbish Town Hero by Nicola Davies.

The novel is about two orphans who are living on the dump.

They are looking at contrasting lifestyles of children who live on the dumps.

We want to make it as real as possible and we have been working with The News to find out more about journalism and how to write a good news story.

The context and purpose is key.

They are going to be writing about some Fairtrade issues and the sorts of families who live on the rubbish dumps.

We have launched Talk for Writing within the school .

We did this because boys need to be engaged more and it needs to inspire the children and give them the creativity to write.

It needs to be creative enough for them to write.

We are looking at going into partnership with other schools in Hampshire to do a Talk for Writing project.

Quite often if the children get to Year 6 and they are underachieving it’s hard for them to engage with it.

By making it fun and exciting it means that we can get them writing to learn.

It’s brilliant for the boys, particularly because it’s real.

Although it’s a fictional novel there is so much evidence that is real.

They have been watching interviews with people, and they are getting materials from lots of different sources.

They are going to put it in The Co-op as a writing display. It means that people will be able to read the work that they have done. It’s good that we are actually opening this up to the community.

Quite often the children walk through their community and they don’t notice things that are there.

The Co-op does so much work with Fairtrade it’s important that they make that link.

We want to do other work in the local area such as getting some art work displayed in a local gallery.