Current Affairs is taught each week at Halley. During this time children learn about local, national and world events. They may be introduced to a topic through a newspaper article or a TV report and will be encouraged to share their own opinions, listen to the opinions of others and to ask questions. The internet may be used to further research a topic and sometimes pupils will be asked to create their own news articles. Children may also introduce a topic of interest themselves.
In the Early Years, staff will talk with our younger children about any issues that may be of immediate concern or interest to them and their families to develop their knowledge of the world.
In KS1, staff respond to children’s interests or a current news topic. Following class discussion, a piece of shared writing is produced and kept as a record for the class to refer to.
In KS2, a dedicated lesson is taught each week which is usually developed into a homework task. Pupils record their work in their own Current Affairs book.
When homework is set, children are encouraged to do further research at home often by following links to the CBBC Newround site or other secure sites.
The CBBC Newsround site is often used in class as a starting point and news information resource.
Some recent topics of discussion and debate at Halley have included:
- The Paralympics and human achievement
- The discovery of dinosaur fossils
- Conflict in other countries
- Airport expansion
- The power of advertising
Current Affairs is an important part of our curriculum as it enables children to develop their speaking and listening skills, it supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and it helps to nurture curiosity and awareness about the wider world. Current Affairs also provides a valuable opportunity to make links between subjects that are studied at school and “real life”. The habit of listening to, reading and discussing current affairs gives a boost to the foundations of understanding and building a coherent general knowledge.
Sometimes children decide to take action and to follow up on something they have become aware of by fundraising, volunteering support or sending off for more information. Through doing this they demonstrate that they are developing a social conscience and becoming active young citizens.