Not content with simply learning to write in a journalistic style, this term Year 6 have created their very own newspaper!
It began, of course, with the most important part - the choice of newspaper name. Year 6 came up with dozens of possible names - from Gateway Gossip to The Gatekeeper to Two Lions (a reference to the emblem on the school badge), with the final outcome decided by a year group vote.
Then there was a lot of writing to be done. Over the course of the last five weeks, every Year 6 student has interviewed someone who interests them, and learned how to use reported and direct speech in their write-up of the interview. They have written exciting and engaging reviews of their favourite books, plays, games and films, with a focus on making their personal response grab the reader’s attention. The weeks spent learning to write opinion/argument pieces were particularly interesting, with our Year 6 students voicing clear and well-researched reasons for their views on a huge range of school issues. We have loved seeing them expressing their opinions in such a forceful way (using every persuasive written technique they could muster). Last week each student added to their writing repertoire by learning how to structure an informative newspaper report or feature article.
This week sees the culmination of all their hard work: the paper is almost ready! A team of Year 6 editors have been hard at work all term, reading through all the articles to decide which should be included, taking photographs to accompany each piece, coming up with headlines, and doing the all-important work of proof-reading every word in the paper.
The paper gets sent to the presses today, and will be available (in proper newsprint form) to purchase from the Y6 news sellers at school as soon as we return after half-term. The newspaper features work from every single child in Year 6. At only £2 (less than the cost of a cup of coffee) we are sure you will want to invest in this brilliant example of Y6’s writing talent. Any small profits made will go towards the school’s chosen charity.