“Primary pupils to report the news”


| 23 October 2007

Primary school children are trying their hand at journalism to boost literacy skills, get their voices heard and ease the transition to secondary school.

More than 20 primary schools in Rotherham are taking part in pilots run by the Student Journalist Project, which has already been working with secondary school children in the borough.

The project's Cub Reporters initiative will see primary pupils producing podcasts, websites and articles for a local newspaper. Barrie Morgan, the project's co-ordinator, said: "Having seen how popular the project is with secondary school students, we wanted to extend the opportunity to primary-aged pupils."

Morgan said the work should increase children's literacy and communication skills and would help them move into secondary school. "We want primary school reporters to work with our journalist teams in secondary schools, so when they moveto their comprehensive they know someone there already," he said.

The children will also have the chance to gain an OCN podcasting qualification and will get to contribute to a monthly collection of articles by children and young people in the Worksop Guardian.