MELKSHAM News has helped budding young journalists at Seend Primary School who are learning how to write newspaper stories.
Reporters Dean Shaw and Becky Rivers attended the school to explain to 28 year five and six pupils from sycamore class how to structure newspaper reports. The schoolchildren, who have been learning about newspaper reports this term, discovered the process of finding a story, getting the important information and prioritising the order of the story.
Dean created an imaginary news story about a boy discovering some treasure for the children to analyse. He looked at all of the different paragraphs that went into making the story and the function of each one. Then the children had a go at writing quotes that could go into the news story, as well as coming up with some headlines that would grab the readers’ attention.
The lesson proved a hit with the pupils. Head boy, Edward Hickman said, “I really enjoyed it and learning more about writing articles. Head girl, Amalie Barnett agreed. She said, “It really helped me learn more about being a journalist and it’s what I want to do when I am older.”
Sycamore class teacher Mrs Hunt felt the lesson would be useful to the class for learning development. She said, “To make something real is the best way to inspire the children’s writing.”
More information on the Melksham News’ visit including additional pictures can be found on the Seend Primary School website www.seendschool.com