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

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On 7 November 2019 heavy rain caused widespread flooding in parts of the UK, with at least one person having died, and 1,200 people have had to evacuate their homes because of the damage.

In some counties there was more rainfall in a single day than they usually get in a month, which caused rivers to flood, overwhelming towns and cities with water.

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

  • Following these floods, there have been calls for the Government to do more to help. Debate whether you think this is fair, or if homeowners should have insurance that pays for the clean up rather than tax payers. Or is it partly the Government’s fault anyway? Should they be investing in better flood defences?
  • Imagine your house has been flooded by rising river water. Write a recount of what happened, remembering to describe the sights, the smells and your feelings. Don’t forget, flood water is not clean and it ruins anything it affects.
  • Write a powerful acrostic poem using each letter of the word ‘flooding’ to start a new line.
  • 2012 was another very bad year for flooding in the UK. Investigate when the worst of the flooding happened and which areas were worst affected. If possible, find out what action was taken to try and prevent it happening again.

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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