On 10th March 2016, 30 specially selected year 8 students were allowed out of lessons all day to experience life as a BBC Journalist. Armed with lanyards, video cameras and curious minds, our roving reporters roved around the school looking for the latest hot news topics.
Sleep and technology were the most popular topics, with researchers working on the use of smart watches in school and the advances in Segway’s and 3 D printing, alongside the effects that this technology can have on teenagers sleep and consequently on health issues. Other groups looked at a wide range of topics, including the ideas around depression, school dinners, parents’ impact on sporting achievements, and the current junior doctor’s strike.
With a tight deadline of a 2pm live broadcast, linked up with thousands of other school around the country, students found themselves under an unaccustomed amount of pressure to produce a completed report in a short amount of time. Their teamwork and enthusiastic attitudes meant that all groups met them deadline, so at 2.05pm, a large sigh of relief was heard as they settled down for the broadcast of ten varied, excellent quality reports.
Student comments on the day ranged from:
“it was fun, inventive and gave me experience in making news”
“The independence in this activity was great”
“I really enjoyed interviewing people and doing all the research and writing the reports. I am proud of our TV news report and I think we worked well as a team”
“It’s been a great day and one I won’t experience again. However, I felt quite stressed coming up to the deadline.”
“Today we have all learnt skills that will help us in our life.”
Reports are available to view at our BBC School Report Blog by clicking here