Here at St John the Baptist Church of England School in Titchfield Common, we are proud to be producing our very own in-school newspaper writes teacher Sarah Robinson.
The newspaper, called St John’s Jolly News is run by a group of Year 5 journalists whose aim it is to keep the pupils and parents up to date with the latest exciting news from across the school.
The group of school journalists meet weekly to plan and write their articles and to carry out interviews with staff and children.
The team spend their time with their noses to the ground in the hope of sniffing out a good story for each edition.
We have now just published our third edition – a Valentine’s special.
The team works extremely hard each week to try to produce a newspaper on a half-termly basis in order to keep the news stories fresh and relevant.
As well as being lots of fun, the Year 5 news team is also benefiting from developing literacy skills and understanding how to structure a news article correctly.
The children are now able to use the 5W’s in their opening paragraphs – who, what, when, where and why – and to make their first paragraph short and to the point with a brief summary of the most important bits.
The children are becoming more aware of how to structure their sentences precisely and factually and include quotations.
The group of journalists are also learning about the importance of working as a team – and how important it is to work together in order to meet deadlines and get enough information for their article.
The team is split into pairs who are each responsible for a year group and they have to find out what exciting things are going on and the various topics that pupils are learning from Year R up to Year 6.
So far in our news editions we have reported on sports events, the school disco, Christmas celebrations and a school trip to Intech in Winchester as part of a Year 5/6 Space project.
In our most recent edition, the news team has reported on the different topics being studied with Year 1/2 learning about space and Year 3/4 who have been learning about healthy eating.
The newspaper also includes teacher interviews which has been a great way of finding out interesting facts like what superhero a teacher would like to be and what type of animal they would most like to be.
We are all very proud of our school newspaper and we enjoy reading each edition.