Euro 2012: JCoSS students report on historic final
School Reporters from JCoSS in north London have been paying close attention to the recent Euro 2012 tournament, despite England's relatively early exit from the tournament.
Budding sport journalists Nathan, Ben, Dan and Jonah came up with these reports on the final of the tournament in which Spain made a special piece of football history...
Nathan, Year 8
ABOUT THE STORY - School Reporter Nathan explains all
We wrote a summary of the recent European Championship final between Spain and Italy. The session was led by Lucie Kon, a journalist for the BBC, who had also previously worked with a selection of JCoSS students in the School Report project in March.
We were informed that one second of speech was equivalent to three words, and that we were to write a 30-second piece of writing. We were told to make it familiar and to write it how we would speak it.
You can see a selection of the reports that the group created! All in all, it was an interesting session which taught us about the pressures of journalism.
The record-breaking European Championship final between two of the world's best teams ended in despair for Italy.
With David Silva opening the scoring with a bullet header after 14 minutes, and Jordi Alba hitting home after 41, the result seemed certain.
However, the Kiev Stadium could hardly have expected Fernando Torres and Juan Mata to make the score 4-0 to Spain. Italy couldn't complain, getting little possession, making few chances, and struggling to finish.
Torres took home the golden boot, and with his performance in the final, it was well deserved.
Dan, Year 8
Last Sunday the Euro 2012 final took place in Kiev. Spain went in as the favourites and finished on top with a 4-0 victory over Italy.
This was a memorable moment as Spain won the treble which has never been done in the history of football. By half-time, Spain had enjoyed more possession and they were looking confident.
At the end of the 90 minutes, the Spanish team ran onto the pitch celebrating their victory over Italy and winning the Euros again. The Spanish fans flew back home with looks of glory on their faces.
Ben, Year 8
Last Sunday Italy took a thrashing in the Euro 2012 final, beaten by Spain 4-0. They broke the record of the biggest win in the history of the final and the first team to win three major tournaments in a row.
Spain surely have the best team since the Brazilians in the 1970s. Their quick and fluent passing was too good for the Italians to handle.
The goalscorers were Silva, Alba, Torres and Mata. All of these made great contributions to a great win. Hopefully we can see this amazing Spanish football again at the next World Cup in Rio.
Jonah, Year 8
A spectacular European football final in Kiev saw Spain take home the title. Spain dominated throughout, and ended with a smashing 4-0 victory over Italy.
Spain were able to show a wide range of passes, skills and, obviously, goals.
The goals started off with what some said was a 'fluke' header by Silva, and goals followed from Alba, Torres and Mata. It seemed that Spain were being spoonfed.