Just some additional ideas (one part of my parents' business is delivering newspaper and media projects in schools and guess who gets brought in to "teacherify" their stuff from time to time): Starter - bring in newspapers, give the children headings of parts of a newspaper and a huge sheet of paper - they can cut and stick captions, headlines, features, sport, adverts, coffee break (makes a horrific mess!) Strange but True (relies on having quite a bubbly class who'll get into it) - give selected children role play characters and stage a press conference where the other children have to interview them about their strange but trues and then write up the story - I generally use ones like a child who went fishing with a friend, they caught a huge creature who swallowed his buddy; a guy who follows people who drop litter, picks it up and throws it back in their garden (have had hilarious results with that one when it's been given to a kid who could take it and really run with it), UFO sightings etc etc. Eyewitness ones where you play part of a clip to half the class (used to use the dognapping scene from 101 Dalmations but I know others on here used Spiderman etc) and their partner has to interview them/write it up. Some of the daft "wacky world"-type Expresso clips are good for this sort of thing as well. Another good fun one while you've got the newspapers out is to tell them they've won the lottery - give them a figure and challenge them to "spend" it using the adverts in the paper - but they have to pick different things so they can't just buy ten houses - brings home the relative cost of things if you have kids able to deal with that level of numbers, but could adapt it to a Christmas budget etc if you wanted smaller numbers. There's a tonne more I've done before (I tend to nick the ideas for interview lessons etc) but they're the main ones I still tend to fall-back on for supply bookings and one-offs I do myself.