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Orchard Primary Academy

Picture News

At Orchard Primary Academy, we weekly read and discuss 'Picture News'. Picture News enables us to develop our social, moral, social and cultural elements of our learning. It teaches us about current affairs and allows us to see more clearly into the wider community and world around us. We are able to develop other elements too, including an understanding into different beliefs, feelings and faiths. The pictures and news articles we receive encourages discussions, challenges ideas and pre-conceptions we may have already developed and ultimately, broadens our horizons and enables us to prepare and develop knowledge of the ever changing, fast-paced world that we live in. 

Each week, we receive our pack from Picture News for us to discuss. We receive a whole-school pack as well as an EYFS pack, which is titivated to suit the younger children that we have in school. Each week, we change our working wall which, is displayed in the main area of school and encourage children to add their opinions to it.


We also ensure parents are aware of our current weekly newsletter from Picture News on here and via Twitter. Teachers regularly tweet discussions and ideas on their pages. We also display the 'British Value' link to ensure our children are aware of the reasoning behind the news article we are discussing. 

Impact Awards 

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Picture News Overviews


Key Stage One and Two