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Topical Tuesdays: All Hail the Lionesses! - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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There have been celebrations in England after the country’s footballers beat Germany 2–1 on 31 July at Wembley Stadium to win the 2022 UEFA European Women’s Football Championship (Euro 2022). 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.


The Lionesses winning the European Championship, especially in such an admirable fashion, is a truly outstanding achievement. But is it rather embarrassing how carried away we get as a nation? Shouldn’t we be celebrating without going to such extremes? Or is it wrong to devalue the Lionesses’ achievement? Does our lack of success entitle us to celebrate louder and longer than nations who are used to winning on a more regular basis? What do you think?

Writing skills

Be a poet laureate! Write two or three different limericks to celebrate the great victory of the England women’s football team.


Write an imaginary letter from the England women’s football team to the England men’s football team. Try to sound like you are consoling them for their recent disappointments but include subtle digs at them without sounding too much like you are bragging about your success.


Lions do not live naturally in England so why are they used on the badges of the English national football teams? Investigate, then write a brief summary of what you discover, possibly including any relevant images you find in your research.

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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