By popular demand, the First News iHub used by schools is now available for parents to subscribe to at home.
Our award-winning news reading activity website is comprised of interactive weekly comprehensions, vocabulary puzzles and polls, all based on stories from First News. These activities will engage your children with news from around the world and support the development of their key reading comprehension skills. As well as new activities every Monday morning, there is a huge archive of activities to work through giving your child the opportunity to find stories that of interest to them whether they’re into sport, science, the environment or Crazy but true. In News Gallery section, they can have a go at writing their own news reports. When these are printed, they look like the front page of a newspaper.
The iHub at home will give children feedback on everything they do. There is no set up or marking needed by you. You will receive a regular email from First News letting you know how child is getting on, and letting you know what the week’s news poll is so that you can discuss it as a family.
There are three reading levels to choose from to suit children from seven to fourteen-years-old.
The news content in the iHub is appropriate for all age groups. However, the activities are levelled to support different reading comprehension levels and confidence.
Level 1: For children with reading ages of 7-9 years three short compressions, one crossword and one poll published every week + access to archives and My News Gallery.)
Level 2: For reading ages 10-11 years (one comprehension, one vocabulary puzzle and one poll published weekly + access to archives and My News Gallery.)
Level 3: For reading ages 12-14 years (one comprehension, one vocabulary puzzle and one poll published weekly + access to archives and My News Gallery.)
Please note: we don’t recommend buying a more advanced level, even if your child is a strong reader as they are pitched for the top of the age range. So, if your child is a strong reader in Year 4, purchase the level 1 iHub and if your children is a strong reader in Year 6, purchase the level 2 iHub. If your child needs more support, we’d recommend the level below their current age, as the shorter activities will are designed to motivate and encourage reading. The children are not told what level they are set at.