Pupils have the chance to develop their ability to use reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in a variety of contexts. There are also opportunities for them to read a range of texts, write in a variety of styles, learn new vocabulary, practise presentation skills and learn how to evaluate their own work, as well as the work of others.
Our students are bilingual and they also study an additional modern foreign language. Students deploy their language skills to interview somebody, research a story by reading, watching and listening to the source material in different languages or by writing a report in that language.
The Welsh Baccalaureate provides students with the essential and employability skills required for higher education and life in the real world. Modules include an individual project and a citizenship module. Lessons may address the following questions: How does Parliament work? What about devolution? What role does the media play in society? These are questions students may also be considering consider as they write their reports. Reporting on current issues in citizenship can be a way to engage pupils and assess their understanding of the topics studied.
The ability to clearly analyse and communicate numbers, statistics and ratios is a big part of many journalists’ lives, whether they are covering the economy or reporting on the outcome of a survey. School Report can give pupils the chance to put mathematical concepts and skills into practice. For example, students may design and conduct a survey at school. They can then represent their results using the appropriate tables, charts, and diagrams to display their findings. Using mathematical reasoning, they can explore what they can infer from their findings and then communicate the results to their audience using appropriate language.
Science makes the headlines all the time – from the latest medical breakthroughs to missions to space. By reporting on scientific stories, School Reporters get the chance to apply knowledge learned in their science lessons. The projects give pupils to the opportunities to develop scientific knowledge, an awareness of science’s role in society and an ability to use scientific language
Information Technology / Digital Competence Framework
School Report provides opportunities for students to develop digital literacy skills and learn how to apply computing concepts to solve authentic broadcasting challenges. Topics around digital citizenship are also very popular. Pupils can use their understanding of hardware and software components that make up computer systems to help them broadcast their news.
Understanding history helps us put events in context and is a crucial part of telling many stories – from conflicts around the world to social and political changes within the UK. School Reporters can help consolidate their learning in history by explaining the facts and compelling stories to other people – you have to understand a topic to be able to explain it clearly to others.
Religious education involves students learning about and reflecting on the role of religion in society, something journalists have to do on a regular basis. As part of School Report, students can explore the role of religion in a range of contexts – at school, in the local community, the UK or around the world.
Students study a broad range of issues in geography and can enrich and share their learning by reporting on some of these issues. This could include reporting on field trips or investigating topical stories around an issue they are studying.
It is important for young people learning the value of physical exercise and the need for them to try a range of different activities. School Reporters can cover the activities they are taking part in at school and spread the word about what they are learning. For example, they might want to cover a netball match, interview a fellow pupil with a particular athletic talent or conduct a survey about young people’s participation in sport.
Music Drama and Art
Students may want to explore the topics they learn about in music, drama and art lessons in their reporting – for example, they might review a film or exhibition, report on a trend in popular music or cover an anniversary relating to a significant artist or movement.