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Topical Tuesdays: Is There Anyone Out There? – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 25 June 2021, the US government released a report on 144 sightings of UFOs. It said there was no evidence to say the UFOs were extraterrestrial. However, the report did not rule it out and said that more information was needed to find out what the objects were. 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.


Exciting though the thought of UFOs might be, is it really likely that beings from other worlds really exist? Do you feel that there are so many stars and planets out there that some other life must have started somewhere? Or is it clear to you that we are alone? Surely, if there is intelligent life out there, it would have got in contact with us by now? What do you think?

Writing challenges:

Imagine you are a visitor from another galaxy who has just spent a few days on Earth. Write a report back to your home planet, describing what you discovered.


Imagine you (and you alone) saw an alien spacecraft land in your back garden, school field or local park. Write a diary entry about your experience.

There have been a number of suspected UFO sightings in the UK. Research and write a brief account of three of them, describing what was seen in each case.

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.

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