Capita and C2k launch online literacy resource service, Junior NewsDesk for all NI primary schools
Capita and C2k have announced the launch of the new Junior NewsDesk service for Key Stage 1 pupils.
The Junior NewsDesk has been rolled out across all 821 primary schools in Northern Ireland following the success of the main NewsDesk service which was launched in January 2015. An event celebrating the launch took place at Bridge Integrated Primary School on Monday 12th September.
The site offers pupils and teachers an innovative and interactive platform to develop language and literacy skills acting as a topical news and curriculum resource. The NewsDesk is popular with teachers and pupils who use the service as an engaging literacy resource both in class and at home. Pupils can read and listen to relevant news articles and curriculum fact files, play games, watch topic videos and create their own articles for publication. The Junior NewsDesk service was created following requests from Key Stage 1 teachers for a similar resource to meet the needs of younger readers and will focus on providing relevant material on a wide range of Literacy and The World Around Us topics.
Ed Brown, managing director for Capita Managed IT Solutions, said: “We are delighted to be able to respond to the demand from primary school teachers for a version of the NewsDesk tailored to the needs of their Key Stage 1 pupils and curriculum. Capita and C2k are pleased to deliver this platform which will help increase literacy skills in Key Stage 1 pupils in Northern Ireland.”
Speaking at the launch, Tim Matchett, head of C2k managed services said: “Similar to the main NewsDesk, C2k and Capita are confident that the Junior NewsDesk platform will soon become embedded into classroom practice and will help schools further develop their pupils’ literacy and ICT skills.”
Teresa Devlin, principal from Bridge Integrated Primary School said: “The staff at Bridge Integrated Primary have found the NewsDesk service an excellent platform to engage the children in reading and writing, allowing them to develop literacy and ICT skills in a fun way. We feltour Key Stage 1 pupils would greatly benefit from using a similar service to the Key Stage 2 pupils and are thrilled Capita and C2k are now offering this.”
The Junior NewsDesk lets pupils watch, read, listen to and comment on age-appropriate news articles, news in pictures features, fact files, and videos.
NewsDesk editor David Huntley said: “The NewsDesk has proved popular with schools in Northern Ireland as a great learning resource. The NewsDesk crew characters provide suitable activities and news stories which allow pupils to write comments and stories and produce their own news reports. It’s fantastic to see such an interest from the younger Key Stage 1 pupils and I’d encourage them to make use of Junior NewsDesk.”
Guests at the launch watched a short video presentation by pupils highlighting how they have been using and enjoying the NewsDesk.