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We are offering free access to our newspaper for a limited period of time, to help parents and children during school closures. If you are a school click here to find out about free school-wide access to our digital learning platform, the First News iHub.

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  We report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged.

We cover issues which are relevant to children and which specifically affect them. Inside you’ll find a mix of world news and UK news, but also loads of fun stuff, such as entertainment, games, animals, sport and puzzles.

Even at the moment not all news is bad and we passionately believe there are lots of positive stories out there. We love to cover the nice news too and celebrate what is good about the world.

To access the latest issue simply enter your email address below.  You will then be given an access code that you can use each week to read the latest issue of First News on a tablet, phone, laptop or desktop.


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Every week in First News you’ll find:

Quick News
Quick News

Punchy facts about the week’s news – the children will know ahead of you.

Big News
Big News

Covering the big weekly stories responsibly.

News In Pictures
News In Pictures

Fascinating pictures of the week’s events which get children talking.

Home News
Home News

Coverage of news stories from around the UK.

World News
World News

Covering the big stories from around the globe, with a colourful map to show where in the world they happened.

The Week Ahead
The Week Ahead

An insight into upcoming events for the week, and key dates for your diary.

Science News
Science News

Fast cars, fantastic inventions, climate change, space exploration – it’s all covered here and with weekly updates from our friends at the Science Museum.

Special Report
Special Report

This is where we really explain a complicated news story or relevant issue. Even the adults love this!

Focus On You
Focus On You

Childline ambassadors share their well-being advice.

Entertainment
Entertainment

The latest film releases, new TV shows and showbiz updates. Kids love to know before their friends – read it in First News first!

Big Interview
Big Interview

We get exclusive access to some of the top names in entertainment, sport, politics and more.

Animal News
Animal News

Every child loves a cute animal, so this is where they can feast their eyes on our stories from around the world.

Crazy But True
Crazy But True

Crazy stories you couldn’t even dream up, but they get kids talking!

Your News
Your News

Our readers report on their own news and have the opportunity to see it in print.

Game Zone
Game Zone

An exciting look into the latest video game news and reviews.

Books
Books

Interviews with authors, latest book releases and even reviews from our young readers themselves.

Puzzles
Puzzles

Sudoku, crosswords, spot the difference and more.

First Careers
First Careers

With First Careers you can get behind the scenes of some of the UK’s most interesting jobs and find what’s right for you.

Sport
Sport

All sports covered and lots of interesting facts.