Curriculum - Young Journalist Academy

Young Journalist AcademyAbout

Paradigm Arts has partnered up with C1 Media to deliver a wide range of creative and cultural opportunities to support the learning and teaching at Birchwood Junior School. Working collaboratively with staff on curriculum programming and sequencing, we have provided the school with access to materials, delivered workshops and supported staff to develop a cohesive model for enrichment that is not bolted on but built into curriculum across the school.

Our main aim is to support the work teachers do day in day out and the learning that takes place in school by creating real world outcomes and connectivity to the community around the school, be that local, regional, national or international.

A snapshot of some of the work can be seen below.

The Young Journalist Academy:

The school has been running the Young Journalist Academy programme for a number of years and have developed their own team of journalists capable of producing broadcast standard film, radio and written content. All of which is published on

Hello Black Swan:

Working with historians, local authority, the RAF and veterans the school undertook a project to explore the history of their school and its connection with World War 2 by interviewing and analysing historical sources. The team of children then worked to create their own dedicated website to house the content they themselves produced:

This project was supported by lincolnshire County Council, The Armed Forces Covenant & The National Lottery.

Lincoln Christmas Market 2019:

Pupils from the school's journalism team visited Lincoln's annual Christmas Market to find out what really goes on:

Good Looking Cooking:

The school ran a family learning session with Good Looking Cooking to explore food ingredients and cooking together as a family. Here is a short film made by the pupils to share the successful Birchwood Bake off!

Eat Them To Defeat Them:

In Spring 2020 prior to the lockdown staff began developing their resources to support the Eat Them to Defeat them. Working with Paradigm Arts & C1 media the staff developed their assembly resources and classroom activities to launch the scheme. This will resume later this year.

The FLiX Awards:

As a school regularly producing high quality media content the school is a participant in the annual FLiX Awards for schools. This national scheme with Patron Jim Broadbent celebrates and showcases the work of schools in media production and learning.