BCHS historians reporting for The Guardian

Year 9 BCHS history students had a fantastic opportunity to visit the Guardian Newspaper recently to take part in a workshop run by its education centre whereby they created their own front page as if they were reporting during WW1.  The workshop helped students develop their research literacy skills using a variety of media including original archive news stories from The Guardian and Observer, reference books and the Internet.

After an introduction to WW1 and key themes, students were told about the Defence and Realm Act and the implications of this censorship for news reporting.  Students working in pairs  researched several news stories to create their own front page.

These workshops are an excellent opportunity for students to learn to evaluate resources when researching a project and to remind them of the 5 Ws; What? When? Who? Where? And Why?  Visits to such prestigious institution serves to raise students’ aspirations and on this occasion students had opportunity to hear about the different roles occupied in producing a newspaper and experience a number of these roles themselves.

BCHS have developed an excellent working relationship with The Guardian over the past several years and are now represented on their teacher panel for the development of new and exiting workshops for primary and secondary students.