Newsthink

Topical teaching resources exploring the news from a humanitarian perspective.

Newsthink is our free, topical news resource with engaging activity ideas regularly emailed directly to teachers’ inboxes.

Resources are packed full of ideas to help young people explore current affairs and the world around them from a humanitarian perspective. The resource uses real-life examples through film clips, photographs and stories linked to the news to prompt discussion and to develop critical thinking and media literacy.

Primary children drawing together.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Key dates and awareness days to help plan your lessons.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
Children in class with their hands up.

Age: 5-19

Type:

Request or download a free teaching pack which includes a guide to our resources, a pen and a poster.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
A boy holding an aid parcel.

Age: 7-19

Type: Teacher briefing

Subjects: Cross-curricular

A handy glossary of some of the words that commonly appear in our online teaching resources.

  • Conflict
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • First aid and the bystander effect
A traffic jam in the snow.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan

Subjects: PSHE

Consider how to be prepared for a journey disrupted by winter weather.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink
A group of Rohingya people arrive by boats in the safety of darkness on 26 September 2017 on Shah Porir Dwip island, Bangladesh.

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photo

Subjects: PSHE

Discuss the crisis in Myanmar and consider what people fleeing the violence may need.

  • Conflict
  • Newsthink
Teaching Resources - Photo quiz 2017

Age: 11-19

Type: Lesson plan, photos, quiz

Subjects: PSHE, Citizenship

Look back over the news events of 2017 with this topical photo quiz.

  • Refugees and migration
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Conflict
A pilot flying a plane

Age: 11-16

Type: Quick activity, photo

Subjects: PSHE

After a safe year for airline passengers, this fun activity explores the idea of communicating clearly and safely to avoid emergencies.

  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Newsthink