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Topical Tuesdays: Approaching Apologies - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 18th January, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised to the Queen for two parties that were held at No.10 Downing Street the night before her husband Prince Philip’s funeral. At the time, Covid-19 restrictions in the UK meant that socialising indoors was not allowed. 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.

We all know we should apologise for our mistakes or if we hurt or upset others. But what if we are the ones being apologised to? Should we be expected to forgive and move on? Or do we have a right not to accept an apology if we think it is not genuine or is being offered for the wrong reasons? What do you think?

Writing challenges
Write a set of detailed instructions, outlining how to make a proper apology for something you have done wrong.


Write an imagined diary entry for a day when someone apologised to you for hurting or upsetting you. Remember to use the first person and explore your feelings in detail.

The Queen is politically neutral but she does have regular contact with senior politicians. Research where and how often she has meetings with our nation’s leaders and what these involve.

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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