Mesty Croft Primary

Believe and Achieve


Picture News

In our commitment to develop children’s critical literacy skills we have teamed up with Picture News to help develop their understanding and appreciation of the news and current affairs.

Having age-appropriate conversations with your child about the news keeps them interested and informed about what’s happening in the world…and you too!

They move from wanting to know what happens in MY world to what is happening in THE world and their place in it.

By having regular conversations about the news, you are able to share a whole range of topics and together make more sense of different events, issues and stories.

There are no rules or script to follow but you might want to watch, listen, read and discuss the news selectively.

Some significant news stories can be frightening, and you will need to consider what your child can cope with and whether they are developmentally ready to understand certain events. For example, you might decide to listen to the news rather than watch it as there may be images they might find upsetting.    

Talking about the major headlines of the day and current affairs is important so that children grow up as global citizens but it’s important too to share a variety of fun and exciting news stories from the worlds of sport, entertainment, music, science, etc as well as local news closer to home.   


Here are some quick tips:

  • Initiate discussions about the news using the Picture News resources.
  • Read and watch some news stories together from different sources.
  • Find out what your child knows about the news and explore their understanding.
  • Listen to what your child says and value their opinions.
  • Explain simply and in a way that makes sense to them.
  • Promote a habit of enquiry and make asking questions your child’s default setting.
  • Help your child to spot fake news and how-to fact-check.  
  • Develop a news habit by accessing the news daily. 
  • Defuse bad news and offer reassurance.
  • Protect your child from distressing and disturbing news.
  • Avoid repeated viewings of the same news event.
  • Monitor your child’s exposure to the news.


Discussing the news of the day doesn’t have to be formal but can be done naturally and casually in everyday moments such as on the way to school or preparing a meal.

The important thing is to keep the conversation going about the news and make it a feature of your daily lives.


By working together, we can help children become critical consumers of the news so that they are ‘news savvy’, articulate and confident citizens.  

Try these useful resources to help you to talk about the news with your child(ren)

An additional picture news resource to help discuss the current news.

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14th February 2022 - What does a city of the future need?

7th February 2022 - Should everyone using our roads learn the Highway Code?

31st January 2022 - What type of events do you think deserve a celebration?

24th January - Should everyone learn sign language?

17th January - Is it ever fair to judge others on their appearance?

10th January - Do you think it it important for us to know the history of the universe?

20th December - What do we look for in a good friend?

13th December - Who are school performances for?

6th December - Do we need to create a virtual universe?

29th November - Is the world a better place when we live a more natural life?

22nd November 2021 - Should we be allowed to swim with dolphins?

15th November - Do we need to experience danger to learn how to be safe?

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25th- 31st May: Should we always believe what we hear from the news?

18th- 24th May: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

11th- 17th May: Who does Outer Space belong to?

8th May: What is VE Day?

4th- 10th May: What makes some toys more popular than others?

30th March- 5th April: Can you think of ways to remain positive during difficult times?

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27th April: How can one person make a big difference?

20th-26th April: Do we think people will travel less in the future?

13th-19th April: Are tests the best way to check our learning?

Have a look at the home learning ideas below to support this week's image: are tests the best way to check our learning?

6th- 12th April: Whose job is it to protect animals in the wild?

Have a look at the home learning ideas below to support this week's image: Whose job is it to protect animals in the wild?