All-change for BBC School Report

BBC School Report has changed its name to BBC Young Reporter, offering students aged 11-18 the chance to work with the BBC and learn journalism skills.

Trinity Academy students will be taking part again this year, starting after Christmas with the BBC Young Reporter after-school club, held on Thursdays in Room 207. Come and take part, and help make the news for real!

In the meantime, the BBC has launched a competition for students to submit story ideas, in two age categories: 11-15 and 16-18.

More details can be found at:

BBC School Report Day highlights

On Thursday 15th March, 10 Trinity Academy students travelled from our school in Thorne to MediaCity in Salford, Manchester for BBC School Report.

We got to try the new iReporter game and in our opinion it was very good but it was lengthy so you had to play it in small sections. Our students thought of some improvements that could be made to the game. “I thought they should add subtitles so people who are deaf can read it,” said Matthew, “and maybe it could have different difficulty levels too.”

Ryan added: “They could add text boxes on the side, which would let you progress through the game quicker and not have to wait to watch the full video.”

Meanwhile, Ewen’s favourite part of the day was “playing the VR (virtual reality game), where we got to play a ski jump game”. Matthew agreed: “I had to go and sit down after that as it made me feel very nauseous!” Ryan thought the VR was good, but suggested an improvement in the headset graphics quality so that it was less pixelated.

By School Reporters Ryan, Ewen and Matthew

A full roundup of the day from a national perspective can be found here:

The main piazza at MediaCity, taken by Ryan from the BBC’s main meeting room for the School Reporters

Trinity students at MediaCityUK

Trinity Academy students were privileged to be given the opportunity to visit the BBC’s studios at MediaCityUK, Salford, as part of the national BBC School Report News Day on Thursday 15th March.

We took part in workshops on careers in the media; using Smartphones to create videos; sports reporting, producing and presenting; and even got to test the BBC’s newly-launched ‘iReporter’ fake-news game.

From left: Adam, Cara, Matthew, Ryan, Liam, Amy, Ryan, Sam, Konna, Ewen
Konna, Ryan, Liam and Cara meeting BBC Sports presenter Hugh Woozencroft
Mrs Backhouse, Ryan, Liam, Konna and Cara looking at home on the BBC Sports sofa
Ryan operating the autocue for Cara and Konna
Cara and Konna getting prepared for their screen debut
Cara and Konna in action
Amy, Ewen, Adam and Sam were among the first students in the country to test out the BBC’s brand new ‘iReporter’ fake-news game
Amy, Ewen and Adam concentrating hard
Ryan clearly approved of the BBC’s new ‘iReporter’ game
Matthew tries his hand at a special BBC quiz
Ryan, Ewen, Matthew and Adam on the ‘BBC Breakfast’ sofa
Mrs Backhouse and Miss Lloyd

The high cost of ‘microtransactions’

How much have young people spent on microtransactions for Star Wars Battlefront 2? You might be surprised to learn that one 19-year-old has spent over $10,000 worth on the habit.

Microtransactions involve spending money on enhancing games and is actually a form of gambling as, quite often, the gamer gets nothing in return for their money.

Another person spent $100 on Star Wars Battlefront 2 and got hardly anything back for the amount they spent.

One 14-year-old had a gambling addiction due to this and other games, and spent more than $10,000 over a few years.

What gaming companies Dice and EA did to stop this is that, on launch of the game, they disabled all of the payments of microtransactions due to the massive outrage of the government and people spending loads on them. They therefore put a ‘day one’ patch to disable the process, even though millions had been spent on it already. However, since release, it has been disabled.

By Ryan, BBC School Reporter

BBC School Report 2018

Students from Trinity Academy will be making the news for real on 15 March 2018 as they take part in BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the following day (as we will be visiting MediaCityUK in Salford on News Day itself!), so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.

Just some of Trinity’s School Reporters, from left: Amy, Sam and Ryan

BBC School Reporters at Sheffield Hallam University

By Cara, Thomas, Kyle and Thomas

Three schools were invited to Sheffield Hallam University for BBC School Report News Day (16th March 2017) and we were lucky enough to be one of the chosen schools.

We produced a radio report about what some of the other students decided to do on the day for their news stories, and also interviewed a Sheffield Journalism graduate to see why Media is such an important subject. Listen to our report below:

England just one game away from world record

By Daisy, Liam, Archie and Jack

Following their monumental victory against Scotland last weekend, England’s rugby team now face their toughest challenge yet as they seek to break the world record for the most consecutive wins when they face Ireland in the Six Nations tournament on Saturday.

On the 11th of March 2017, the England rugby team clashed with Scotland in an all-out match in the competition. The games in the first rounds were played between Ireland, Wales, England, Scotland, Italy and France, ending with a long anticipated English victory.

The victory allowed England to match up with the current world record holders ‘New Zealand’s All Blacks’, holding 18 consecutive wins. In doing so, this opened up a chance for England to steal their limelight and break the world record, as long as they win their match against Ireland providing them with the crucial 19th win.

The history making event will be happening this very Saturday on the 18th of March in the Avian Stadium, in Dublin. The kick off will begin at 17.00, so be prepared for the most intense match ever played for England!

We interviewed Archie, a supporter of the England rugby team. When we asked how England’s victory over Scotland made him feel, he responded with: “this win made me proud to be English”. With everything riding on the Irish result, how would an English victory make him feel?

“It would fill the English supporters with confidence about upcoming games because we’d be the champions!” he laughed.

Does P.E. waste valuable learning time?

by Thomas, Kyle and Thomas

Do P.E. lessons waste valuable learning time? Some people say the two lessons a week that keeps young people from gaining too much weight does not impact their learning to a certain degree. These lessons, for some students, are the only physical exercise they get in a week. For this reason alone it could be seen as vital that P.E. is not only advised but made compulsory. As the UK’s national average weight is slowly rising, the two P.E. lessons students have a week could be the only cure to stop the average weight in this country rising further.

However, there are countries, such as Germany, that already don’t have P.E. as an essential in schools. One of the students we interviewed said: “I think P.E does waste valuable learning time as we could be learning something else”. The argument that we could be learning something else like English or Maths, say, could be a valid argument as how much could those two lessons a week improve students’ GCSEs? However, many of the students we interviewed in Trinity Academy disagree with the suggestion that P.E. wastes valuable learning time.