SINGAPORE: Big help from ST's new little paper

The Straits Times launches their new primary school magazine, Little Red Dot, with full explanations of how it can be used in the classroom

The Straits Times
Monday, April 18, 2005

The Straits Times' newest - and youngest - addition is a weekly supplement designed to help tweenies use the daily broadsheet in the classroom.

Little Red Dot, a 16-page publication, is slated to launch in July, and aims chiefly to develop news interest and understanding among upper-primary readers.

All primary school teachers and educators are invited to attend its soft launch this Saturday, from 10am to 11.30am, at the auditorium of the Singapore Press Holdings operating centre in Genting Lane.

The launch programme includes a showcase of how The Straits Times can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom and, of course, a glimpse at the new publication.

Greenridge Primary School will be making a presentation on how the school uses ST for its classes, and teachers will get to meet the creators of Little Red Dot, such as its supervising editor, Ms Bertha Henson.

Little Red Dot pages come with valued-added lesson plans that use news reports and analyses from the ST to teach a range of topics - from the English language to National Education - in classrooms.

Stories in its pages are based on existing formats used within its broadsheet parent. These include a big weekly feature on students' interests and concerns, quizzes, lifestyle trends, local and world news, history, as well as items on science and nature.

What's unique in Little Red Dot is a 'Class Action' box, which appears on each page to help primary school teachers enrich their lessons using the ST.

These include suggested interactive games, projects and group activities, to bring home the relevance of news to its young audience.

Already, educators and heads of department have reserved places to the launch at 82, Genting Lane.