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Topical Tuesdays: HS2 Rail Line – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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This story is about how the HS2 rail line could cause permanent damage to England’s natural habitats and wildlife, according to a recent report.

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

  • It has long been agreed that we need to do more to help the northern areas of our country prosper, and the HS2 is a major project designed to do just that. Debate whether you think this is worth the cost, both financially and environmentally?
  • Think of an experience you’ve had with local wildlife and write a recount using descriptive language both of the landscape and/or animals as well as your feelings
  • Write your own version of William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘Daffodils’ based on a natural scene that has inspired you
  • Research and write factfiles for at least three wild animals found near you. For an extra challenge, try to choose ones that are endangered or threatened and outline things that could be done to protect their populations.

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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