Creative Teaching & Learning

Creating A News Literate Generation

Year 5 teacher Roz Porter Tibbey, from Grafton Primary School in London, explains how delivering the NewsWise programme has helped improve pupils’ critical literacy and engagement in the news. She shares her experience and the impact teaching critical thinking through fun and engaging lessons has had on her pupils.

We as teachers, are seeing children absorbing information from many different sources online. As the rise of digital and social media is transforming their experience of news, they have to be able to process material from a wider variety of sources than ever before. For many, the online world is a convenient and instantaneous source of information, but they aren’t often able to assess how reliable a story is, especially with the increasing presence of advertising and algorithms which have a big influence on the content they see on their newsfeeds and search results.

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