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

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Last week, the UK Government announced a plan that will allow people to travel abroad more easily during the summer.

Does this mean that families can start planning holidays in the sun again? What might a socially distanced vacation look like? And is this really the right time to be encouraging ‘frivolous’ travel?

This resource includes a story about the changes from The Week Junior, and a set of activities designed to get children thinking, writing and researching around the topic.

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

  • No doubt, we could all do with a holiday. But is this really the right time? There are plenty of signs that coronavirus is still ‘out there’. Surely, the last thing we want to do is get it spreading again by encouraging people from lots of different places to mingle? And anyway, would it really feel like a holiday if everyone is keeping a strange distance from each other on the beach or around the pool? Or do you think this is the right time to be returning to normal? Do you believe that infections are probably decreasing enough to make it likely that you will be safe? What do you think?
  • Write an advertisement for taking a holiday in your own house. You can be as serious or funny as you like but make sure you use persuasive writing techniques such as appealing descriptions, and questions
  • Write an imagined postcard from an overseas holiday destination during this lockdown period. Describe what it is like with people keeping a safe distance from each other, wearing masks and so on
  • This virus is not the first pandemic to have affected the world. Investigate the Black Death and write a fact file about it, including key details like when it happened and how it spread

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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