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Topical Tuesdays: A Thrilling Time - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fly through the sky then riding on a zip wire is one fun way to find out! 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.


Thrilling experiences such as extreme zip wiring and high ropes challenges are becoming increasingly popular but are they as positive as they might seem? Is it right that areas of natural beauty such as mountains and forests should be turned into activity centres? Or do you think it’s just harmless fun and a good way to get people out into the fresh air? In any case, they don’t take up a lot of space, which leaves plenty of scenery left for the rest to enjoy? What do you think?

Writing skills

Write a dialogue between two squirrels whose habitat has been turned into a venue for high ropes challenges or extreme zipwires. Are you scared, annoyed or amused? Try to make it more interesting to the reader by conveying your furry characters’ feelings through their thoughts about, and reactions to, what’s happening around them rather than making them say outright that they are terrified, furious or amused.


Write an imaginary leaflet or poster advertising a new outdoor adventure activity. Remember to use exciting, persuasive language, including an eye-catching headline, to attract the reader’s attention.


How do rides such as rollercoasters affect us? Research and summarise three to five ways in which our bodies respond to thrilling, high-speed experiences.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download in our Topical Tuesdays collection.

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 The Week Junior website.

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