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Protect Pets From Fireworks – Topical Tuesdays Activities from First News

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With fireworks season here, vets are pleading with pet owners to take care of their furry family members.

This resources pack includes an article from First News, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.


It’s that time of year again when it seems every evening is punctuated with bright flashes and loud bangs. Isn’t it time we banned the general public from buying fireworks? Aren’t they too disturbing for people and pets, especially when they seem to be set off from mid-October to mid-November? Shouldn’t they be restricted to organised, official public displays? Or would it be a shame to ban back garden Bonfire Night celebrations? Aren’t people sensible enough to keep their pets safe and reassured without spoiling the fun for everyone else? What do you think?

Writing skills

Write an acrostic poem about fireworks from a cat or dog’s perspective. Remember, it doesn’t need to rhyme as long as you use powerful descriptions and the first letter of each line spells the word FIREWORKS when you read down the page. Or Write a descriptive passage about a firework display. Try to use vivid language, probably including figurative techniques such as similes and metaphor, to capture the beauty and excitement of the spectacle.


Research how and when fireworks were first invented. Present your findings in a brief explanatory paragraph or two.

What is First News?

Launched in May 2006, First News is the most trusted weekly newspaper for young audiences, covering global headlines and empowering children with an understanding of the world in which they are growing up.

To find out more about how First News could help your school unlock the power of news-based learning, through high quality, weekly resources alongside the print and digital newspaper, visit the First News Education website.

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