History KS2: How to research newspapers

Newspapers are sometimes described as 'a first draft of history'.

Presented by Joe Crowley, this is designed to help primary school children to use newspaper archive sources to find out more about historical figures or subjects.

It explores a variety of archives, from local to national newspapers, looking at the different forms of papers from original copies to micro-fiche.

The clip contains some useful advice on how to use the information contained in newspaper archives.

This clip is from the series History Hunt Episode 2.

Teacher Notes

Pupils could use the online archive of their local newspaper, after viewing the clip.

Ask: "How has our school featured in the local paper over the years?"

The children could track down news items and photographs relating to the school.

You could also task pairs or groups of pupils to find out about specific local topics (such as sports events or the history of prominent public buildings).

You may be able to arrange a visit to a local newspaper archive (libraries often keep one), to view material that does not appear online.

This can give children the chance to experience researching in formats such as microfiche.

They may even find themselves looking through files of old-fashioned newspaper cuttings.

Pupils could compile their own set of local newspaper cuttings about their school or neighbourhood, over the coming year.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at National 2 Level in Scotland.

More from History Hunt:

An investigation into the life and work of Muriel Matters
An investigation into the life and work of Thomas Andrews
How to use archives
How to interview people
How to research archive pictures
How to research film archives