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Topical Tuesdays: Budget Day – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 3 March 2021, Rishi Sunak, the Government minister in charge of managing the UK’s money, announced the Budget to Members of Parliament in the UK’s House of Commons.

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:

  • Budget Day is a key date in our calendar. How the country uses its money is very important to everyone, and that should include you too. Or do you think that only grown-ups should bother with this? What do you think? Debate as a class or in groups.
  • Write a list of instructions for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to include in his next budget.
  • Imagine you had just been given £500. Detail what you think you would do with that money. Remember to give a cost for each item and check that it all comes to £500 in total.
  • Research and write a brief explanation of the origins of the words economy, finance, chancellor, revenue and parliament.

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 schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.



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