Skip to content

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 – Viking Treasure Stolen
    Free

    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 ...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – TV Debates
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Dramatic Flooding
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Monkey Behaviour
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Found Painting Sells for £20m
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Kapow
    Free

    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 ...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Alien Life
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – 50p Coin
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Staying the Distance
    Free

    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 ...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Rise of the Robots
    Free

    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...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Greta Thunberg and Climate Action
    Free

    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Greta Thunberg and Climate Action

    This feature looks at the global climate change action that took place on the International Day of Peace, this 21 September. Your pupils will find ...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Organ Donation
    Free

    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Organ Donation

    This lesson looks at organ donation and how it saves lives. Children will explore what each of the major organs do, and what happens to the body wh...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Amazon Fires
    Free

    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Amazon Fires

    This resource explores at the devastating Amazon rainforest fires, as well as the protests that took place all over the world to ensure their prote...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Life Without Electricity Science Resource
    Free

    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Life Without Electricity Science Resource

    This resource includes a news feature about a power cut that affected a million people in the UK, the biggest in a decade, as well as accompanying ...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Animals and the Environment Science Resource
    Free

    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Animals and the Environment Science Resource

    In this lesson children look at the effect plastic bags have on animals in the ocean, exploring how these carrier bags can stay around for 1,000 ye...

    View full details
  • Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – ‘Volcano Island’ Science and Technology Resource
    Free

    Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – ‘Volcano Island’ Science and Technology Resource

    With this resource, children will learn about Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai – an island that emerged from the sea just five years ago, and which scient...

    View full details