From: St Osmunds
Star wars has been a worldwide phenomenon, entertaining almost three generations and has been the inspiration of many toys, video games and much more. But how has this film franchise become what it is today? Star Wars was created by a director called George Lucas, who owns a film company called LucasFilm. The first film he made was called A New Hope and was released in 1977. At that time Mr Lucas did not know the phenomenon it would become so he did not use the fanciest effects. In fact the lightsaber that Luke Skywalker used was made of a bike handlebar, a rod and finally a camera shutter for the button to switch it on. The same lightsaber is used in The last Jedi which is coming out this week. After the fans' reaction to the first film it became clear that George Lucas and his team would have to make a sequel. Not soon after, there were three films : A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi. Those films made their director think in greater depth about the story line, so number one became number four and two became five and three became six. Three prequels were made and they all made fans crazy about this new franchise, it was like that for a few years. Nothing really was made except for a couple of new toys and video games until Disney (a much loved film company) decided to buy the company which Mr Lucas owned. By then, all the famous Star Wars actors such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher had aged so they not only had to ask them to join again but had to summon a cast full of fresh new faces. Since then two films have been made : The Force Awakens (another sequel) and Rogue One (a spin off). The Last Jedi is released in the UK on Friday the 15th of December. Buckle up your seat belts, Star Wars fans, because Disney are planning to make at least four more films.  Will you watch them all? By : Inigo  
From: St Osmunds
Every year companies spend thousands of pounds on their Christmas advertisement campaigns, and this year is no different. It is estimated that a record of £6 billion will be spent in total on creating festive adverts. In Aldi's Christmas campaign you are introduced to Kevin and Katie, a couple of carrots, and in M&S's to Paddington bear, who mistakes a thief for Santa Claus. During the John Lewis advert, reportedly made at a cost of £7 million, you meet Moz "the monster under the bed" and enjoy the touching two minute tale of his friendship with a young boy named Joe. Did you ever wonder if these adverts work? Last year, Aldi's sales were increased by 15%, and it is believed its advertising campaign is the main cause, and John Lewis's ad was viewed online 26 million times. This year, however, John Lewis have been accused of copying award-wining illustrator Chris Riddell's very first picture book, Mr Underbed. However, John Lewis argue that "monsters under the bed disturbing children from sleep" is a well known theme, so therefore it was not specifically copied from his best selling novel. This incident is not the first time they have been have been accused of copyright infringement: Monty the penguin was also similar to the main character in 'lost and found' by Oliver Jeffers.
From: Belmont Primary
In the US, Thanksgiving is celebrated at the end of November. Here you get to know what it is and why it is celebrated. This year Thanksgiving falls on the 23rd November, but it is always on the fourth Thursday in November. It is a tradition to eat turkey on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in the US and has been originated from the harvest festival. People usually eat turkey, stuffing, mashed potato, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn and green bean casserole. Americans really like Thanksgiving because you spend time with your family and it is not so much about buying things and giving presents. By: Helen
From: Barnes
John Lewis has banned girls' and boys' labels on their clothes. They have also separated the areas where the girls' and boys' clothes are put. Styles haven't changed though - you'll still find floral dresses and skirts but the retailer is simply proving that they can be worn by girls and boys. Caroline Bettis, the head of children's wear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear." John Lewis's website still has separate sections but changes are planned. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “I have no idea what would possessed John Lewis to do this. Boys and girls labels and signs are informative. I think removing them could be very confusing for the consumer. It appears political correctness continues to march and, whether it is going in the right direction, is a point for debate. I cannot see many customers buying a dress for their six-year-old boy.”