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Topical Tuesdays: Back to School – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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The UK Prime Minister has announced when schools in England will reopen, as part of a four-step plan to lift the lockdown.

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.

Activities include:

  • Many children have now had a long experience of home learning. Is it better than being taught in school? Or is there no substitute for being in a classroom and having that human contact with teaching staff and other pupils? Debate as a class or in groups.
  • Compose two or three haiku poems about returning to the classroom after the long period of homeschooling.
  • Write a persuasive advertisement for your school, suggesting why it is better than being at home, using techniques such as hyperbole and rhetorical questions.
  • Research the history of going to school in the UK and write a short report about it, identifying who was originally allowed to go, then how the laws changed to mean that more and more children would be offered an education.

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

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