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  Summarising
Updated 14 July 2003, 13.09

Learning aims
  • Summarise main aspects of a news story

  • Find the 'Who, What, Where, When, Why and How' of a news story
Introduction
Display these question starter words (known as the '5 Ws' and '1 H'):
  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?
  • Why?
  • How?
Point out that a reader usually reads a text to find answers to questions like these.

Read through this story with the class and get them to find answers to these questions.

  • Who...(is the story about? - the government)
  • What...(has happened? - they are giving the go-ahead to build thousands of new wind turbines)
  • Where...(has it happened? - off the British coast)
  • When...(did it take place? - 14 July 2003)
  • Why...(has this happened? - producing energy by using wind is seen as much more environmentally-friendly than burning fossil fuels)
  • How...(did it occur? - the turbines will create electricity through wind power)
Main activity
Children answer the same six questions about the story:

Answers to Potter questions:

  • Who? - Harry Potter and Bradford City F.C.
  • What? - his scarf's colours
  • Where? - Bradford's supporters' club
  • When? - 13 Nov 2001
  • Why? - Harry's house colours are same as Bradford City's
  • How? - the colours are claret and amber
Extension activity
Children write own report called Countryside crime on the increase from the facts below:
  • Who? - police want to catch criminals
  • What? - stealing birds' eggs, rare plants, disturbing wild animals
  • Where? - North Wales
  • When? - over the last year
  • Why? - so that criminals can sell them
  • How? - police hope to stop them by teaming up with the Countryside Council
Compare children's reports with the original news story

Plenary
Recap on the '5 Ws' and '1 H'.
Discuss the children's answers and hear their reports written in the extension activity.


For all links and resources click at top right.


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TeachersEngland: KS2 Citizenship/PSHE relevance
TV/FilmHarry's honorary Bradford City fan
AnimalsCountryside crime on the increase
Sci/TechUK getting windpower go-ahead
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ClubWe need to stop global warming

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