We have used Picture News for several years now (click here to read how it is our tool of choice for teaching British Values). It focuses around a key, thought-provoking question (this is changed fortnightly) for the children to debate. The resource is adapted to be appropriate for children in Reception, while further versions are delivered in school to Key Stages 1 and 2. As such, Picture News is already a familiar resource to the children. We will continue to use this to cover the personal and social aspects of our curriculum via child-sensitive, yet thought-provoking topical subjects to debate, with further social and citizenship learning incorporated.
Each fortnight, we will post below, on this page, "The Question", the background to the news, its linked British Value and other topical information for you to debate as a family. This includes a News Paper to read together. We will also share with you the teacher guidance we receive, as this may be helpful. It might be an idea if you set a day of the week for this conversation; for example Thursdays when we "Clap for Carers", would be topical.
This week's Picture News question:
SpaceX founder, Elon Musk, has a dream of providing the whole world with high speed internet
using satellites in the sky. Mr Musk recently announced on Twitter that the firm’s Starlink service
will be available to certain locations in six months. The project aims to have the devices form a
constellation around the planet from a distance of 200 miles to 700 miles above the surface and
transmit data to stations and customers on the ground.
Things to talk about at home…
Did you see the Starlink satellites in the last week of April? Imagine you saw them but didn’t
know what they were, what might you have thought they could be?
Do you think having satellites around the world to enable internet access everywhere is a good
Do you think that anyone should be allowed to send things like satellites into space? Talk about
What is VE Day?
Picture News Special! 27th April
Inspired by Captain Tom Moore who is 100 years old(!) this Thursday (April 30th). Please enjoy a discussion about this amazing man and his epic work for the NHS during this difficult time.
How can one person make a big difference?
The Question this fortnight is :
Do we think people will travel less in future?
April 20th 2020
This fortnight's linked British Value is:
New figures revealed on April 7th from the Department of Transport show that only a very small proportion of people in the UK are still travelling during the lockdown period the government have imposed
during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visits to shops, museums and cafes in the UK have fallen by 85% since the coronavirus outbreak, according to data shared by Google. The government has supported Google in using data in this way.
Useful Vocabulary to help understand this question:
Imposed – force a decision or ruling or put a restriction in place.
Proportion – a proportion of an amount is part of it.
Revealed – expose, view or show something that was hidden.
Outbreak – something bad that suddenly starts to happen like violence or a disease.
Replacement – a person or thing that takes the place of another.
Virtual – carried out, accessed or stored by a computer or the internet.
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