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Programme 8: Getting Your Facts Right, 13th November

SELB code: RF 0328 Although the series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote the SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

The skills required to gather, sift, check and present factual information are presented in this programme. By examining the work done by pupils in St Patrick's Primary School Legamaddy, the skills required are explored. Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • Two projects are dealt with: P4 pupils explain how they went about their project on 'Schools in the Olden Days' and P5 worked on a project topic, 'Rubbish'.
  • The pupils lead Leon McAuley through the various stages of their work. The history based topic of P4 required discussion, identifying sources and specific questions, method of recording responses and the information gathered, structuring the material and their ways of displaying and disseminating it.
  • P5's approach to their environmental topic 'Rubbish' involved a more hands-on and experimental method. It needed field trips, reliable informants and good information sources from library books to IT. They also sifted and arranged their information for an audience to share.
  • The programme looks at some of the ways that pupils can pass on what they have collected and learned in their work.
Key Words:

factual, fictional; project; recording; sources; check; cross-check; presentation.

Before The Programme:
  • Re-examine the concepts factual and fictional and how they influence the writing style employed in the final product.
  • Have a class discussion to:-

  1. Consider ways of gathering information.
  2. Think of sources of information.
  3. How you can establish how reliable your sources are.
  4. Look at ways of presenting the information gathered.

    (All these will be dealt with in the programme)
After The Programme:
  • Class discussion on the programme and the differences in the methods of P4 and P5
  • Discuss and list the different methods and sources mentioned in the programme for information gathering. Can the class add to that list?
  • Make up a list of information sources available to the class; in school, locally, personally, IT etc.
  • Devise a project and involve pupils in the planning stages as much as possible. Share the finished product with the wider school community.
  • Worksheet 18: Compose an interview questionnaire to make a fact file of a classmate.
      - Ask each other questions.
      - Record the answers.
      - Think of a way of telling the class what you have learned about your class mate.
  • Worksheet 19: Checking and finding out facts. Use the school library or IT resources to find out the information.

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