Activities

 

Whilst looking at the front pages on this site it may be useful to think about the following questions:

  • Do newspapers tell the truth?
  • Why might a newspaper present a biased view?
  • Can bias or censorship ever be justified?
  • Do newspaper articles tend to tell the whole story? If not, why not?
  • How do photography, typography and layout affect the telling of a story?
  • What are the invaluable aspects of newspaper culture?
  • What are the more sinister and dangerous aspects?

 

These downloadable activities (see below) have been designed for KS3 and KS4 - A' Level classes.

When working with images from the site, you should also have a range of recent newspapers to hand (for example The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, The Sun, and a number of local newspapers). It is important that students can experience the physical nature of the newspaper, as well as familiarising themselves with the different formats and up-to-date news stories.

Students may choose to extend some activities by creating convincing mock-ups of their ideas on the computer. They can distribute these to other classes, include their articles in a school newspaper or leave them in reception for visitors to read.

Download activities for Key Stage 3 (PDF format)

Download activities for Key Stage 4 - A' Level (PDF format)