Literacy at Kearsley Academy ……


More Research…

As we are developing our news room drama we know that we need to add more detail.  For this we have interviewed Miss Godwin (English Teacher) and Mr Wride (Science teacher) for their views on the literature story.  We are also contacting a local library and book store!



SPORTS RELIEF article – Article 2 (School Report)

Sports Relief Article Update

On the 21st March 2014 Kearsley Academy took part in a mile challenge run to raise money for charity. As an Academy our Sports Relief challenge was to travel from John ‘O’Groats to Lands’ End (equivalent of 603 miles as the crow flies), with many students travelling as many miles as they could during their PE  lesson.

After they did their mile walk (they could do as many miles as they wanted). To add, competitive students were earning house points for their form and attendance! Year 7 has completed over 130 miles in just 1 session of 30 minutes time. Excellent participation and determination was shown throughout the challenge with a huge amount of spare time. After this event Kearsley Academy raised £240 towards Sports Relief!

We had an Interview with Mr Baxter, our sports teacher who answered a few questions….

How many miles were ran during this event?                                                                                           

In an educational point of view, how much effort did the students and staff put into it?

 ‘’On a scale of 1-10, Making 1 no effort at all and 10 putting in all the effort they had. So I would say definitely 10.’’

…the rest of the interview will form part of our final BBC School Report.

Mary – Jane


Interview with a primary teacher, an opinion on…’Keep children far away from talking bears’

As part of the research process for our story we interviewed a primary teacher and her thoughts on the article, which highlighted how “Traditional stories hinder children’s learning and damage youngsters’ ability to tell the difference between fact and fiction in other areas of life”.

The primary teacher we interviewed said that she “believed that children should be exposed to both fact and fiction to ensure that there  is a good balance.” She also believes “fiction sparks children’s imagination and also creates a better education”.


This morning we started to work on our News Report for the BBC School Report.  We met in our LRC (Learning Resource Centre) and began reading todays news.

The pace of the morning was quick, I am updating on the key timings and focus of the next hour!

09:20: Student journalists at Kearsley Academy begin to scan through local and national newspapers searching for eligible stories to take up.

09:25: Editors also begin to research using the internet and popular news websites such as Newsround on the BBC website.

09:30: Children are choosing and proposing certain articles to the Year 10 editors.  We are writing articles that are going to be of interest to our local community, as well as school children.  This means we need to find articles that are ‘newsworthy’ as well as suitable for our target audience.

09:35: Editors are building a collection of possible articles ranging from ‘carrots that cure cancer’ to the missing plane in Kuala Lumpur.

09:45: We begin to take photos of different aspects of the new room, taking some photographs of the busy journalists!

09:50: The working atmosphere is flowing. Year Seven students are constantly providing us with news story ideas that have real potential of making it on to the BBC website.

09:55: As we have been developing our journalism techniques in journalism club we have previously focused on community stories.  We have decided that we will cover the charity run within our own school from Lands End to John O’ Groats and even more ! We ran a collective of 700 miles together a massive 97miles extra ! This was for Sports Relief.

10:05: Select students begin to enquire about how children’s literature can impact on children’s development from an article in today’s Metro.

10:10: Mr Baxter interviewed about the sports relief day.

10:15: An audio file taken from Mrs Godwin has been downstairs to the technicians to try and see if having it on our blog is a possibility.

10:40: Kaine and Oliver interview a teacher from a local primary school about the story as it has roots in how literature impacts on the early development of children.

11:00 Blog wrapped up and newspaper reports ready to be finalized and headlined !
! YEAH !