Pupils become real life reporters to produce their own newspaper

Some of the enthusiastic pupils at St Jude's who put together the paper
Some of the enthusiastic pupils at St Jude's who put together the paper
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Children at St Jude’s Primary School, Southsea, have created and produced their own school newspaper.

Thirteen children, between the ages of eight and 10, attended an after-school club on Mondays where they worked on the newspaper.

They covered a range of topics in the paper – from the opening of their own school library to the Paris terror attacks in November.

The children each took on various roles and activities within the club.

These included going out to do live reporting, researching, interviewing and making phone calls to people about potential stories.

They even brought in stories of their own.

Susan Aistrope’s nine-year-old daughter Zoe, attended the club.

She said Zoe loved the process of making the paper and was looking forward to seeing the end product.

‘Zoe loves the club and was delighted to get a space as they are limited to the number of children who can attend each term,’ she said.

‘She is really looking forward to seeing the finished newspaper and the product of all of their hard work,’ she added.

The club created games and quizzes to include in the paper, and have also been food critics, sampling and writing about different foods.

The newspaper they produced comprised 40 pages and helped the children learn to proof-read their work to ensure no mistakes were published.

Ms Aistrope believed the project had been a real eye-opener.

She added: ‘I think it has taught the children about how newspapers are put together.

‘It has really encouraged them to take an interest in current affairs.

‘They have learned to work as a team and the importance of delivering work to deadlines.

‘I hope it has opened the children’s eyes to a career that they could go into when they are older.’

The club had its last session on November 30, but teacher Izzy Lewis, who ran the club, would like to see it come back at some point in the future.

She said: ‘I’d love to bring the club back at some point.

‘The children worked really hard and were so enthusiastic.

‘I think it’s important for children to learn how to write for different audiences.

‘They all contributed brilliantly.’