What if you could encourage your whole class to take pride in their community while boosting their literacy skills? You can do just that by celebrating Non-Fiction November with Rockerbox News!
We’re on a mission to accelerate confidence and independence through SEND and EAL- inclusive, non-fiction reading activities, and we want you to join us!
This November, turn your KS2 classroom into a newsroom as your pupils create their own local newspaper. Download your complementary guide, with tips on how to get your whole class involved with Non-Fiction November and be in with a chance to win a 1-year subscription to Rockerbox News!
‘Non-Fiction November’ is celebrated by Rockerbox News to give your primary school pupils a voice, take pride in their community, and get creative with a national challenge — with non-fiction content accessible at 5+ levels for reading ages of 5-11. It’s free to enter — all you have to do is download your Challenge Pack, which explains how to get involved, how the challenge links to the curriculum, and how to teach non-fiction topics with fun and engaging tips!
Non-Fiction November’ is celebrated by Rockerbox News to highlight the importance of reading for information, give your primary school pupils a voice, and encourage them to take pride in their community — with age-neutral, non-fiction content accessible at 5+ reading levels.
It’s free to enter — all you have to do is login to your free account and download your guide, which explains how to get involved, how the task links to the curriculum, and how to teach non-fiction topics with fun and engaging tips!
Ready for action? Get into research mode...
Unleash their inner explorers by diving into online research, chatting with family, visiting historical sites, and pondering what they can showcase to visitors in their local area. Login to your free Rockerbox News account and check out the articles for inspiration.
Time to get creative! Put their findings into words...
Use the questions prompts in the pack to get them in the fun and factual frame of mind. Each pupil can contribute something different to your newspaper or work in small groups, showcasing the must-visit spots in your pupils’ town's history. Login to your free account to get inspiration from similar stories to ace this project and spread the word.
Dive deeper! Lead progression activities for different reading levels...
Now you’ve got lots of ideas, your pupils can start to think critically about what they are going to produce. Our Critical Thinking guide will guide your pupils to start to understand bias. Challenge your higher readers to craft unbiased articles and discover the diverse world of non-fiction (e.g. instruction manuals, recipes, spoken videos, and more). Let's shape young minds to see the bigger picture!
Prime the presses! Share your newspaper with us...
Create a mini class 'newspaper' together! What’s so great about non-fiction is that your pupils can include whatever they want — from articles to pictures, recipes and videos. This way, everyone can explore and learn the ropes of real-world newspaper creation. Login to get your free access to Rockerbox News before the end of November.
We will announce our favourite articles in THREE key categories: Range of non-fiction included, the focus on your community, and creativity of presentation styles.
We'd love to hear from you about how all the pupils in your class were involved in Non-fiction November.
The top three ‘Non-Fiction November’ articles will also feature on the Rockerbox News & nasen websites, plus the best submission from each region, will get a special shout-out!
Celebrate with certificates of completion for every participating school. You can share, print, display it in class and add another for next year’s ‘Non- Fiction November’ entry!
Wear your ‘Rockerbox News & nasen Literacy Champion 2023’ digital badge with pride. (Well, on your school website!) Share your award across social posts, emails, and newsletters, too!
BONUS: The 3 national winners will get 1 year FREE access to the award-winning reading Rockerbox News platform to continue engaging your whole class with high- quality and reliable non- fiction content that’s SEND and EAL-inclusive.
Just get in touch so we can set you up with a free trial account, and we'll send your guide right over!