20 THINGS TO KNOW AND TELL
Quick news to read yourself and share WITH FRIENDS...
1 World space week
Did you know it’s World Space Week from 4-10 October? This year’s theme is ‘Exploring New Worlds In Space’. The week is held annually to celebrate space science and technology, with lots of events taking place across the world. Check out our space cover!
2 Get spotty!
Schools across the UK are being encouraged to join BBC Children In Need’s The Big Spotacular! The event helps to raise money for disadvantaged children and young people in the UK. You could have a spotty bake sale or wear spotted clothing! Schools can find out more at bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/schools.
3 Bath Festival
Look out for First News at the Bath Children’s Literature Festival this weekend (7-8 Oct). Please do come and say hello! To find out more about the festival and to book tickets, visit
bathfestivals.org.uk/childrens-literature. 4 dropped duo
England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales “will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice,” says the England and Wales Cricket Board. The team-mates were involved in a fight in Bristol, and Stokes was arrested. Police are now investigating.
5 Black history month
This month is Black History Month in the UK – a time to celebrate amazing achievements by black people. Throughout history, contributions by the black community weren’t always celebrated because people were treated differently because of their skin colour.
6 Henley fest
First News will be at the Henley Literary Festival this weekend. There are loads of fun things happening! To get tickets and see what’s on, visit henleyliteraryfestival.co.uk.
7 Cat crisis
The RSPCA has taken nearly 12,000 cats into its care this summer. Every year around this time, their centres get very busy as a result of unplanned kittens being born, and unwanted older animals being given up. The RSPCA also received more than 11,000 complaints about abandoned cats from May to the end of August.
8 poll results
American footballers refused to stand for the US national anthem at Wembley Stadium, in protest at police brutality and other social issues. Last week, we asked what you thought. Should sports stars be allowed to kneel in protest during their national anthem? 77% of you voted YES. Yes! “I say yes. It might mean they are accused of disrespecting the monarchy/president/leader, but it is a free world full of free people who should have free rights,” says fox64 on First News Live! No! “I think they shouldn’t as they need to respect their own country,” says Bonnie from Greenfields primary.
9 Rugby rules
Experts are calling for scrums and tackling to be banned in school rugby. They say harmful contact should be avoided, to prevent children from getting injuries that could affect them in later life.
10 toy surprise
A man who had a cough for 40 years has finally discovered what the problem is, and you might be a little shocked! Doctors were worried the man might be very ill, but when they did some more tests they found out the problem was a toy traffic cone! The man thinks he must have swallowed the toy when he was seven years old.
11 Giant rat
A new species of giant rat has been discovered on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The giant is thought to be four times bigger than normal rats and feeds on nuts.
12 mountain climbing
A man has climbed all 446 mountains in England and Wales. James Forrest took 82 days to do it, setting a new record for the fastest time to complete the challenge.
13 Fake news
First News has joined forces with the National Literacy Trust (NLT) for an inquiry into fake news and how you are taught about it. You can get involved by taking the survey at www.literacytrust.org.uk/fakenews.
14 Twitter limit
Twitter is trialling a longer 280-character limit, to allow users to “easily express themselves.” The current limit is 140.
15 travel chaos
There’s been lots in the news about airplane companies in the last few weeks. Firstly, Ryanair announced it was cancelling thousands of flights. Up to 50 flights a day will be cancelled throughout October, which could affect people going away over the half term. Then, Monarch Airlines collapsed, leaving thousands of people stranded abroad. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has had to step in to help bring passengers home. Lots of people who have tickets booked will also miss out on their planned holidays.
16 world book day
A selection of stories has already been picked for next year’s World Book Day. Among those you’ll be able to pick up with your tokens are The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Balding, Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story by Nadiya Hussain, and Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher.
17 Speak out!
UNICEF UK has launched its annual schools campaign, OutRight. The campaign helps children and young people to speak out about children’s rights. This year, pupils will speak out in support of refugee children. To find out more and sign your school up, go to unicef.uk/Outright2017.
18 Electric cars
Sir James Dyson has announced plans to build electric cars. The inventor, who is best known for Dyson vacuum cleaners, says he hopes the cars will be on the roads by the year 2020.
19 Flat world
American rapper B.o.B has started a GoFundMe campaign to help see if our planet is really round! The rapper, who believes the Earth is actually flat, wants to raise money to prove his theory.
20 Dyslexia week
It’s Dyslexia Awareness Week from 2-8 October. This year’s theme is Positive About Dyslexia.