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Topical Tuesdays: Coronavirus and Covid-19 – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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The Covid-19 disease is caused by a new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was discovered in humans in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.

This resources includes an article looking at the ways different countries reacted to the disease, and activity ideas based on the story.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • Debate as a class whether you think online learning is possible now. Wouldn’t it be cheaper than keeping schools open? Or are there other benefits for children to all learn together in one place?
  • What should people know in order to prevent the spread of the disease and stop themselves getting sick. Write a set of instructions to let them know.
  • Write a letter to a pen pal in the UK, imagining that you are a child in Italy whose school has closed due to the coronavirus. Explain what it’s like to have to stay home, good and bad.
  • We know a lot about diseases nowadays, but obviously that wasn’t always the case. Research some facts about what people throughout history used to believe caused disease, and what they used in an effort to cure them.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine is 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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