During the important learning which was taking place during this year’s UN Day, the Year 5s were busy gathering information and eye witness statements. In class, Year 5 learnt about the tools which journalists use to create an attention-grabbing story and then added comments, from interviews with teachers and students, to their reports. After writing and editing, the children delivered the papers both to secondary and primary classes. Not only did they receive feedback from children from Year 2 and Year 7, they also received feedback from a very special expert.
BSN approached Mr Frank Hossack, chief editor of The Nanjinger, the leading English media outlet in Nanjing, for feedback on their writing.
Discussing the newspaper reports, Mr Hossack commented, ‘ It is fantastic to see such young students at BSN showing a clear understanding of the basics of good journalism. I can see headlines, sub heads and all kinds of good journalistic practice put to good use in these pieces. Well done, year 5!
I loved seeing how each student was mindful to include a quote in their story. The quotes from fellow students and the BSN librarian, Ms Celine, really helped each story come alive!’
Three children’s reports were singled out for comment by Mr Hossack: Veni and Chelsea in 5B and Eunseo in 5A.
Discussing Chelsea’s report, he said, ‘I particularly liked the way you close your article; it is often nice to provide readers with something that they can reflect on long after they have finished reading the story. We call this a ‘feel good ’ending. Nice job!’
About Veni’s report, he gives incisive comments, ‘I really like the paragraph in your article beginning. Here you tell the audience what happened that day and also provide some extra background information in the second sentence. Excellent reporting!’
Perhaps, one day, we will be reading the work of some of these reporters in newspapers across the world! Great reporting Year 5!