News Corp launches news site aimed at kids to support homeschooling families

News Corp Australia has launched Kids News – a site to help families during their COVID-19 homeschooling.

The announcement:


Education website Kids News is helping bridge the gap for parents across Australia who, as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, have children at home without access to online learning from their school.

Building on its reputation for providing quality daily educational news in a child-friendly and appropriate format for classrooms, kidsnews.com.au is now offering free daily lesson plans for at-home students during the coronavirus disruption.

Each school day, qualified practising teachers prepare a full day’s lesson plan on kidsnews.com.au with a mix of fun and educational content, all linked to the National Curriculum for Prep-Year 2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6 and Years 7-9.

The lesson plans are linked to the National Curriculum and focus on literacy, numeracy, wellbeing, fitness, health, the arts and much more to maintain students’ day-to-day school routine. Kids News is used by students in every state and territory across Australia.

The Kids News brand has also expanded to support Kids@Home in the Hibernation section of News Corp’s metropolitan and regional papers. HiberNation, launched last week, contains practical advice and tips to help Australians with their lives during this crisis, including providing parents with much needed educational news, games, activities, recipes, fitness fun and viewing guides for all ages.

Chairman of the Herald & Weekly Times and News Corp Australia’s Community Ambassador Penny Fowler said Kids News played an important role in supporting parents and students as they adapt to distance learning due to Coronavirus.

“The website was launched in 2017 as part of our News in the Community program and what better way to help the community than to assist families with their education needs at a time like this,” Ms Fowler said.

Kids News publisher Toni Hetherington said she was proud the site could help parents and children during this disruption to schooling.

“Educators and parents have found the at-home plans and resources provided by Kids News to be invaluable. Parents appreciate that it’s written in appropriate language for children and matches the curriculum needs for their child’s age and learning levels.”

Ms Hetherington said Kids News would remain free to use in 2020.

Source: News Corp Australia media release


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