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Topical Tuesdays: New Year’s Honours – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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The New Year’s Honours List is chosen by the government to recognises those who have done outstanding work in their communities or professions, whether they are celebrities of members of the general public.

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

  • While most people probably agree that it is important to recognise public service and exceptional achievement, debate whether it’s time to change the sorts of honours we give? For a start, we don’t really have an empire anymore, and many bad actions were carried out in its name. What do you think?
  • Write a pretend letter to the Government, using persuasive language, nominating someone who you think deserves a special award
  • Write a set of instructions for becoming a knight in the UK. You can make them as serious or humorous as you like. Include the steps you need to take in order to deserve such an honour, as well as outlining what you have to do at the ceremony.
  • The UK is not the only place to offer knighthoods (or something similar). Give an example of another country that awards such honours and briefly describe the ceremony.

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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