Our school council were invited to City, University of London to discover what university life is like and what opportunities are awaiting us there. We took a tour and found many facilities we don’t have in primary school like a radio station, broadcasting room, a library that has 10 floors and a Costa Coffee!
We were also treated to a brief snapshot of what taking a course in journalism would be like. We explored the broadcasting rooms and played around in the radio booths. We then talked about writing headlines that give the reader the information they need. The 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why) and had to match up mixed 5W’s to create a coherent story. All the news articles we looked at are from the current news and I was very impressed with how much the children understood and was able to piece together. We then had a bit of fun and attempted to create a fake news headline by getting a random mix of the 5W’s and putting them together, which had some hilarious outcomes.
In the afternoon, we had a special workshop learning about politics and how we are all involved in politics every time we vote, debate and even protest. We started talking about what issues we felt affected us right now and decided to create a protest pack to shout about our causes and get our message heard. We worked in four different groups but there was a common theme throughout – climate change. We made banners, posters and stickers and took to the street to shout about our causes. Greta Thunberg would be proud!