Squiz Kids for Schools offers curriculum-aligned podcasts and resources that use the news to teach critical literacy skills.
We’ve developed Squiz Kids for Schools with primary teachers and home educators in mind - particularly for those working with Year 3-6 students. We also have librarians, administrators, teacher-trainers, and after school tutors using our resources.
- A premium version of the weekday Squiz Kids Today podcast - it’s ad-free.
- Differentiated classroom activities, aligned to the Squiz Kids Today podcast and to the Australian curriculum. And they are available at 3.30pm the day before the podcast is released, so you can plan.
- A weekly Squiz Kids Shortcut podcast - and comprehension and extension activities aligned to the Squiz Kids Shortcut podcast.
- A weekly Squiz the World podcast - an audio excursion to a different country each week
- A range of teaching resources that’ll help you unleash a world of creativity and understanding about the news and literacy.
We know that predictability is a good thing in teaching… so we’ve mapped out a plan for the term, which you can find here. But if the news warrants it, we reserve the right to change things up!
We love the planet too! Every Classroom Companion and Shortcut activity is created as an editable PDF, so you can download it, then assign it through Google Classroom, or any other classroom management software.
Here are the steps for Google Classroom:
Our target audience is Stage 2 and Stage 3 primary students, aka years 3-6. But every teacher knows that the average classroom spans three grade levels, so each Squiz Kids Classroom Companion and Shortcut comes with three levels of literacy resources. A general rule of thumb to our astrological system is:
Moon: Years 2-4
Star: Years 3-5
Sun: Year 5+
As the school year progresses, each level will also get more challenging.
In lots of different ways! Some use them in small groups during literacy blocks; others do one level with the whole class. Some assign it for homework, others as an extension exercise. Some display the activities on the screen and discuss; others print and have it waiting on desks for each child in the morning. You’ll get into your own rhythm!
We are giving you access to Squiz Kids for Schools for one month. We’re confident you’ll love it, and we’ll help you have the conversation with your principal or administrator about signing up to a paid subscription.
The prices are on our website, but it works out to be about $9 per student for a classroom of 25 students - that decreases when multiple teachers from the same school join. Check the pricing plans here.
At this stage we accept credit card payments, and we’ll soon have the ability to accept direct payments.
Easy - your membership is good for 365 days, so it will just carry over to the next school year.
No. Members of Squiz Kids for Schools will access an ad-free podcast feed. And our website does not accept advertising.
We've got you - Amanda will take you through the best way to use Squiz Kids for Schools in this handy 3 minute video.
First of all, congratulations! Second, yes you can. We want your kids to have continuity as much as you do.
Generally speaking, we follow the New South Wales, Victorian, Queensland schedules. Our schedule for 2022:
- Term 1 - 31 January - 8 April
- Term 2 - 22 April - 1 July
- Term 3 - 19 July - 23 September
- Term 4 - 10 October - 16 December
We’d love to hear it! Email Amanda at [email protected]
The host and producer of the Squiz Kids Today podcast is journalist Bryce Corbett. The head of Squiz Kids for Schools is former journalist and primary school teacher Amanda Bower. You can read more about them here.
Squiz Kids is part of The Squiz - an independent media business that specialises in agenda-free news and information. You should check them out for your shortcut to news for older people - there's a weekday newsletter and podcast, as well as Shortcuts to all sorts of topics that are in the news.