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Topical Tuesdays: A Right Royal Celebration! - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 6 February, Queen Elizabeth II marked 70 years since her accession to the throne. This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.

Her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has had a remarkable reign. But should we now set an upper age limit for our monarchs? After all, no other job expects you to keep working until the end of your life. Or do you think that it is important to preserve our national traditions? After all, monarchs have the option to abdicate (hand over the crown) in favour of the next in line if they have had enough, so they do have a get-out clause, should they wish to use it. What do you think?

Writing challenges
Coronation Chicken was a dish specially created to mark the Queen’s coronation. Invent your own recipe for a platinum jubilee sandwich, pudding or pizza and write instructions for making it.


Imagine you are the Queen on the night before her coronation. Write a diary entry, expressing all your hopes, fears and uncertainties about your coming reign.

How many royal residences does the Queen use? Try to order them according to how much time she tends to spend in each and write a brief description, including where it is and what she uses it for.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to https://schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.

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