Mystery of the Clyde

This project idea will develop a knowledge and understanding of the writing and research processes of journalists and how they apply these processes in their day-to-day jobs. Working in teams as researchers and journalists, learners will use their creativity and imagination to write an article for a local newspaper/magazine on a recent sighting of a mystery creature spotted on the Clyde.

Through researching reports of historical sightings of other mystery creatures and in particular the 'Loch Ness Monster', pupils will consider the impact and implication of such a 'sighting' on the tourism industry and local economy in Glasgow.

Broad Outcomes of learning

  • Knowledge and understanding of 'Tourism' topic gained and enhanced
  • Writing skills enhanced through focus on language and structures appropriate to genre - report writing
  • Writing skills developed; revising and editing work, focusing on content and elements of style, independently and in collaboration with others
  • Children can identify key language and presentational features of newspapers and magazines through an exploration of the literacy techniques of this writing genre
  • ICT skills developed in use of Microsoft Publisher to write a newspaper-style article with graphics and column formatting
  • Skills in language, communications, and keyboard enriched
  • Enterprising skills enhanced - application of knowledge in a real situation by working as researchers and journalists to create an article for a local newspaper/magazine to meet customer needs
  • Employability skills developed such as; researching and sourcing information, contributing and working in teams, reporting and presenting findings to group
  • Confidence in working independently from teacher-led lessons through specific job roles within groups
  • Pupils take responsibility for their learning through cooperative decision making in their teams
  • Learners have developed enterprising skills identified as 4 capacities of CfE

Relevance to curriculum

  • Supports CfE Language programme - report writing, communicating facts in a real context
  • Relevance of how curriculum topic on report writing is relevant to work and life and how this subject knowledge is put into practice in a real situation
  • Relevance of variety of research methods as a tool to source information

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