Children get a glimpse of life as a journalist

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BUDDING journalists of the future have been showing off their skills at a newspaper competition.

Crookhorn College in Waterlooville played host to seven primary schools from the surrounding area, who were all tasked with creating their own newspaper.

TEAM Crookhorn pupil Laura Benham, 15, helping Hart Plain Junior pupils, from left, Isabel Fry, nine, Mai Ambrose, nine, and her brother Ben Ambrose, 11. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131212-3)

TEAM Crookhorn pupil Laura Benham, 15, helping Hart Plain Junior pupils, from left, Isabel Fry, nine, Mai Ambrose, nine, and her brother Ben Ambrose, 11. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131212-3)

Pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 were all working together on their papers.

They given the task of interviewing different literary characters including Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and Tracey Beaker, and then had to write up their stories. Year 10 students from the school played the interviewees.

Claire Weeks, director of literacy at Crookhorn College, said: ‘It’s an annual event. They get to see what secondary school is like so it’s good from that perspective.

‘It’s good to develop useful skills of discussion and being able to decide what’s important, and it’s about creating independent skills and group skills as well as literacy skills. They have really enjoyed it – especially seeing Dumbledore.

‘They have worked really hard and they’ve got some really good stories.’

Pupils from Hart Plain Primary School, Padnell Juniors, Purbrook Juniors, Mill Hill Primary, Moorland Primary, Queen’s Inclosure Primary and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School took part in the competition, which has been running since 2007.

Year 6 pupil Ellie Otton, 11, from Padnell Junior School, said: ‘It’s really fun because we get to work together with people throughout the school that we wouldn’t normally see.

‘It’s been fun because we get to go and interview them.

‘We got to make up what we wanted to ask – we weren’t told what to do.

‘It really helps to learn to do it by yourself and we know what it would be like if we got a job when we’re older at a newspaper.’

Year 10 Crookhorn College pupil Britini Bramley, 15, said: ‘It’s really good. It’s good for the children to be able to come to our school and to do this sort of activity.

‘It shows them that they can work together and work as a team.’

Padnell Junior School was crowned the winners with their newspaper called The Padnell Times.

They were presented with medals and a trophy. Every child was presented with a certificate.

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