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Topical Tuesdays

Get fascinating news stories and free resources every week with Topical Tuesdays. All of the news is hand picked from the excellent current affairs magazine for children, The Week Junior, and the creative activities that go with this are written by experienced teachers.
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Why do we put the clocks forward?
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Why do we put the clocks forward?

    At 2am, Sunday March 29th 2020, all the clocks in the UK were put forward an hour, marking the start of British Summer Time (BST). This ritual, des...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Kindness
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Kindness

    People around the world are showing extraordinary kindness and compassion to one another, as they deal with the outbreak of Covid-19. In amongst al...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Coronavirus and Covid-19
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Coronavirus and Covid-19

    The Italian government has placed the whole of Italy in quarantine, as part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus that cau...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Children not connecting with nature
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Children not connecting with nature

    A new National Trust survey of over 1,000 children and 2,000 adults, found that more than three quarters of children aged between eight and 15 rare...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Beavers reduce river flooding
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Beavers reduce river flooding

    A new study researching wild Eurasian beavers living on the River Otter, in Devon, have discovered that their activity helps to reduce flooding and...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Mysterious sounds from outer space
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Mysterious sounds from outer space

    A team of astronomers led by Dongzi Li at the University of Toronto say they have detected a strange signal in deep space. The signal is called a f...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Tom & Jerry turn 80
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Tom & Jerry turn 80

    This week we look at the classic cartoon characters Tom & Jerry, who turned 80 on 10 February 2020. The duo, who have starred in more than 150 ...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Uncovering history
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Uncovering history

    This week's story is all about Nancy Grace, a detective and storyteller who finds clues from the past. Nancy is part of the archaeology team at the...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Animals and the environment
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Animals and the environment

    This week's story is about how the HS2 rail line could cause permanent damage to England’s natural habitats and wildlife, according to a recent rep...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Atlantic Ocean rowing record smashed
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Atlantic Ocean rowing record smashed

    Three Scottish brothers have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days, smashing three world records in the process. The MacLean brothers – E...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step down
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Meghan Markle and Prince Harry step down

    This week's big news was that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement saying they wanted to “step back as senior members of the royal f...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – New Year's honours
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – New Year's honours

    The 2020 New Year's Honours List was recently announced, with over a thousand people from various professions being celebrated.The list is chosen b...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – New apple variety stays fresh for a year
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – New apple variety stays fresh for a year

    Scientists in America have spent the last two decades cross-breeding a new variety of apple which, if kept in the fridge, will stay fresh for a yea...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Thousands of Children without Books
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Thousands of Children without Books

    A study by the National Literacy Trust has revealed that more than 380,000 children in the UK do not own a single book. The charity conducted a sur...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Viking Treasure Stolen
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Viking Treasure Stolen

    Two men have been jailed for stealing Viking treasure worth as much as £12 million. The detectorists (people who enjoy searching for objects using ...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – TV Debates
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – TV Debates

    You can't have failed to notice that on 19 November, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson took part in the first live televised debate of the general el...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Dramatic Flooding
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Dramatic Flooding

    On 7 November heavy rain caused widespread flooding in parts of the UK, with at least one person having died, and 1,200 people have had to evacuate...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Monkey Behaviour
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Monkey Behaviour

    With this week's resource we're learning about scientists have observed two groups of long-tailed macaque monkeys in Thailand, Southeast Asia, usin...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Found Painting Sells for £20m
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Found Painting Sells for £20m

    This week's resource is based on a recent story of a 13th-century painting that fetched £20 million at auction. It was found in the home of an elde...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Kapow
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Kapow

    In this feature the focus is on the creation of new words and phrases and how they are added to the dictionary. The most recent version of the OED ...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Alien Life
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Alien Life

    This week we're taking a trip to K2-18b in search of aliens. Known as 'Super-Earth', K2-18b was recently discovered by scientists at University Col...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – 50p Coin
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – 50p Coin

    With this week's resource we're looking at the recent 50 year anniversary of the 50p coin. First introduced on 14 October 1969, it was the first se...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Staying the Distance
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Staying the Distance

    This week’s feature looks at perseverance versus giving up. Its main story is about Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the heptathlon athlete and her long ...

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  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Rise of the Robots
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    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Rise of the Robots

    This week's feature is all about robots. A robotics company in Massachusetts, USA, called Boston Dynamics, has created 'the world's most dynamic hu...

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