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Topical Tuesdays: Is it Fair? – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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The UK Government has said that National Health Service (NHS) staff in England should receive a 1% pay rise.

This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.

Activities include:

  • The year or more of Covid has been truly unique. The country has had to spend huge amounts of money on extra expenses, such as help for people who have lost their jobs. Surely, we can all recognise this, and nurses and other people who have done such a great job understand that we have to lower our hopes and expectations, at least until the country has recovered from this costly time? Or is it outrageous that people who have risked their lives and worked so hard have been offered what is effectively a pay cut? Debate as a class or in groups
  • Write a thank you letter to the NHS for its efforts over the last year.
  • Write an internal monologue to show what you might be thinking but not saying when you receive a disappointing birthday present.
  • Investigate the annual rate of inflation (as a percentage score) for the last ten years by create a table. Highlight all the years when prices increased less than 1%.

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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  • Activities sheet
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