#25 The other 10%

12 March 2021

Skill Solid Numeracy

Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone who shared their good news stories this week - it’s been fantastic to read about so many positive things. Our winners this time are:

poetic_passionfruit of Hammond Junior School, who let us know that the coral around Fiji is recovering after a big storm

and...

gentle_theory of Preston Manor School, who explained how people from Africa are being empowered to share their cultures and prevent stereotyping on Wikipedia.

These brilliant examples really stood out from the rest - well done both of you!


This half-term our Issue has a special focus on numeracy in the news - so all of our competitions are going to have something to do with numbers.

Did you know that 90% of all news reported is bad news? This means that only 10% isn't.

This is not because more bad things happen than good things, it's because people are more likely to look at bad news than good news - so more bad news is reported.

We would like your competition entries this week to help balance things out a bit. Your challenge is to tell us about a POSITIVE news story... in 20 words or less.

Try to make sure you mention the key points in your summary and don't forget: it needs to be GOOD NEWS!

Need some help to get going? Pick one of these sentence starters:

The good news story I heard about was...

I heard a news story about...

The story I have chosen is...


The deadline for entries is Friday March 12th at midday. PLEASE ENTER ONLY ONCE and make sure your work is your own. Good luck!

Comments (48)

  • Cheam Park logo eager_reflection | Cheam Park Farm Primary
    05 Mar 2021

    eager_reflection here,
    The good news that I found out was that apes at San Diego Zoo were given an experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
    06 Mar 2021

    I have read in BBC news that in a supermarket, a policeman caught a shoplifter, but instead of arresting them, he actually gave her some food for her family. I think that this is very good news, as it shows that some people care, and people who can't afford these things are being assisted. The policeman was asked to arrest them, but he didn't as he said that the children reminded him of his own. I think that we need some people like him, who serve their duty and help those who deserve it. I know that this was a question from last issue but he is an example of a good policeman.

    Another good news story is actually about a small Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who survived an alligator. The young dog is being teated as a mascot, and he's actually been named 'deputy sheriff' in Florida. The sheriff is displaying the dog to children, for educating them about safety. I think that this is a good news story, as it shows how no matter how little we are, we can stand up. The mere fact that the dog survived a predator is amazing, and if he didn't the story would be really negative, and loads of people would be sad.

    Finally, one last good news story is that the Pfizer jab prevents 94% of symptomatic infections, and that means less people would have a risk of losing health from the virus with it. I thought that I might to something a little more related to the topic for this one. This is mostly good news, apart from people who would like to fuss over the other 6%. This is because if the vaccine works, people's lives could be saved. The Pfizer jab was a while ago now, but that doesn't mean it still isn't important. If people can give these vaccines to people in danger, then we'll be able to fight it.

    Lastly, to answer Katie's question from the previous competition, the Coronavirus started before the pandemic, in a way, as in the beginning, it wasn't an entire 'pandemic' yet. I think that the pandemic started in March 2020, and the coronavirus started in December 2019. So I think I must have messed up my numbers- the pandemic has been going on for about a year now.
    Thank you very much for reading!
    reflective_artic_fox

    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      reflective_artic_fox's comment 08 Mar 2021

      Excellent research, reflective_arctic_fox, but remember the requirement was 20 words - can you take one of the ones you have mentioned and boil it down?

      1. Hammond School logo reflective_artic_fox | Hammond Junior School C
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 08 Mar 2021

        I read that the Pfizer jab has been given to more people, and now less people are vulnerable.

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    07 Mar 2021

    I’m positive to return to school to have fun, learn and to face challenges with my friends and teachers together.

  • Rogiet logo wonderful_photograph | Rogiet Primary B
    08 Mar 2021

    Hi it’s me again wonderful_photograph

    Key workers have been given their test at home kits to help the NHS keep track of the spread of COVID 19.

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    08 Mar 2021

    The good news that’s ive found out is that “maybe” alll adults will be vaccinated before June which is a huge thing and could even help the coronavirus stop spreading!!!

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg delightful_effort | Michael Faraday School
    08 Mar 2021

    Kids are now able to return back to school in England which is very positive thing for their education.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg busy_chicken | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    09 Mar 2021

    The news I have found was (50-50)
    The twin towers were broken down by a teroist attack.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      busy_chicken's comment 09 Mar 2021

      Thousands of people were killed during this tragic event, so it doesn't count as good news. Please research something positive for this week's competition!

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg storytelling_king | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    09 Mar 2021

    The good new story I heard about was that there was only 82 deaths over the weekend for covid-19 patients.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg dedicated_starfruit | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    09 Mar 2021

    I heard that a boy used his mum's thumb to unlock the door because she passed out

  • Preston Manor School sensible_panther | Preston Manor School
    09 Mar 2021

    The good news is that the lockdown will be fully open by 21 June. In my opinion, this is positive and negative because the negative side is that it has been seen that in London people still don't care about COVID-19 and people are dying. The positive side that children could get their education properly because most children haven't been learning and focusing well in remote online work.

  • Preston Manor School sensible_panther | Preston Manor School
    09 Mar 2021

    The good news is that the lockdown will be fully open by 21 June

  • Preston Manor School ambitious_blackberry | Preston Manor School
    09 Mar 2021

    Hello BNC
    The good news I have heard is that children will be able to return to school and high schoolers will receive covid tests to make sure they are safe and they will then be able to return back to school safely.

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg glorious_lynx | Upton Cross Primary School
    09 Mar 2021

    The good new news story that I have read is that schools are reopening and other buisnesses will reopen soon.

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg trusting_owl | Noel Park Primary School
    09 Mar 2021

    The good news I heard is that now poeple can go and visit other people

  • Preston Manor School gentle_theory | Preston Manor School
    09 Mar 2021

    I have heard that Africans Are Being Empowered to Write and Edit Wikipedia Articles About Their Own Countries and Culture.

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg creative_moth | Upton Cross Primary School
    09 Mar 2021

    A positive story I heard is that lockdown measures have relaxed and that schools have now opened.

  • Hammond School logo enterprising_night | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    I read on the BBC website that a boy used his mum’s thumb to unlock her phone so he could call 999 (she had passed out)

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      enterprising_night's comment 10 Mar 2021

      That sounds like an interesting story. Could you summarise it in 20 words?

  • Hammond School logo funny_meteor | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    My good news is Covid rates have gone down in the past few weeks!!!

  • Hammond School logo wondrous_drum | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    People can get home covid test so they don't have to travel all over the UK

  • Hammond School logo poetic_passionfruit | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    Fijis coral is growing back quickly after being reduced down to rubble after the historic storm of Cyclone Yasa.

  • Hammond School logo extraordinary_dinosaur | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    The good news I heard in the news during the pandemic was, Captain Tom Moore walked round his garden 100 times wanting to raise money for the NHS. After he did his 100 laps he had raised 17 million pounds for NHS. He was a national hero. He put some joy into lockdown

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      extraordinary_dinosaur's comment 10 Mar 2021

      This was lovely news, extraordinary_dinosaur. Now can you say it in 20 words to enter the competition?

  • Hammond School logo eager_chocolate | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    My good news is that more and more people are getting vaccinated

  • Hammond School logo consistent_bell | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    Good news is that people are getting vaccinated so things can go back to normal.

  • Hammond School logo active_guava | Hammond Junior School A
    10 Mar 2021

    Postive news when it came to rewilding and various species reintroductions in 2020. They haven’t roamed the country for thousands of years, but bison are poised to return to English woodland.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      active_guava's comment 10 Mar 2021

      I've taken your second sentence as your competition entry, active_guava, as I think the first sentence is your introduction?

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    10 Mar 2021

    The good news that I have heard is that after several people taking the vaccines it looks like the death rates are going down unlike before

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ the BNC
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 10 Mar 2021

      Could you fit this into 20 words, discreet_drum?

      1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
        Katie @ the BNC's comment 10 Mar 2021

        Do you mean me or decisive_redcurrant, if me I did do it in 20 words

        1. tom Tom @ the BNC
          discreet_drum's comment 11 Mar 2021

          Yes, sorry our mistake - it was decisive_redcurrant!

          1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
            Tom @ the BNC's comment 12 Mar 2021

            Okay sorry Tom about the late response The good news that I have heard many people taking the vaccine causing the death rates to go down

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    10 Mar 2021

    The good news that I read is that kids are going back to school which is good for their education.

  • trusting_dragonfly | Whyteleafe School E
    10 Mar 2021

    The good news story I heard about was: Borris saying we could go back to school. He said that soon other things would open which is good!

  • Hammond School logo emotional_night | Hammond Junior School F
    10 Mar 2021

    I have heard a very interesting news story about a new kind of soap, which call kill coronavirus very effectively!

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_shark | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    11 Mar 2021

    Good news I have heard is that over a whopping 18 million people in the UK have had the vaccine!

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg quirky_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    Its amazing to be at school. The vaccine for the covid-19 is almost ready. One day, everything will be back to normal
    soon.😊😊

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg bold_buffalo | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    The story that I heard is that lots of schools have opened so lots of kids can go to school!

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg aware_rabbit | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    The good news I have heard was when it was a day before PANACAKE DAY 😊😂😁👌👌👌 and all the BBC news people had to flip pancake. I also have another good news, it was when Boris Jonson said that schools will be reopened.😁👌

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg quirky_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    In the news, covid-19 is herd that there is a vaccine that will cure it, but I don't believe it because we already have a vaccine that no one check so, its false.

    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      quirky_apple's comment 11 Mar 2021

      Could you explain what you mean here, quirky_apple? There are some vaccines that have been checked many times by safety regulators and now going out to the public.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg lucky_pineapple | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    11 Mar 2021

    I have heard that the stay-at-home restrictions will be released on the 29th of March.

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg humble_studio | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    11 Mar 2021

    People can get home COVID tests so they dont have to travel all over the UK and dont have to get tested all the time
    that is my good news

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg insightful_orca | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    11 Mar 2021

    Children are allowed back at school which gives them a chance to further their education along with their social needs.

  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg comfortable_chemistry | Michael Faraday School
    11 Mar 2021

    The good news story I heard about was, in Israel, cases have reduced by 94% because of the new vaccine.

    comfortable_chemistry

This competition is now closed.