Spooner Row pupils create their first school newspaper

Budding reporters of the future are being nurtured at a south Norfolk primary school which has launched its own newspaper.

Copies of the first edition of the new publication, called SpOak, have been snapped up by patients and members of the community since it went on sale last month.

The 18 page newspaper, written and edited by pupils in Oak Class at Spooner Row Primary School, near Wymondham, contains the latest school and sports news, as well as international stories and fun items such as quizzes and puzzles.

The busy young journalists, aged between nine and 11, are now nearing the completion of their second edition which is due to be sent to the printers within the next two weeks.

Alice Scott, who teaches Oak Class, said: 'I'm really impressed with all of them. They now look at the news and think about it more. It's given them increased awareness of world issues.'

She added: 'It links in really well with their literacy skills - their reading and writing - and gets them interested in having their own agenda for their writing.'

Reports in the next SpOak will cover topics such as the school's Halloween disco and Children in Need fundraising efforts, and even contains information on the earthquake in Turkey and the unrest in Libya.

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Editor Emily Bristow, 11, said parents had seemed 'quite impressed' with the newspaper and promised the next edition would be bigger and better than the first.

She added: 'I enjoy it. I have to write an article and then I have to check all of them and then give them to Miss Scott. But I can point out things which I don't think work so well if I want.'

Maddie Rhodes, 11, who is a sub-editor for publication's local news section, said it felt 'amazing' to see the finished first edition.

Money made from the sale of the newspaper, which costs 50p, will be used to buy items for the class.

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