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Topical Tuesdays: Magical Thinking - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Seeing magic being done is fun - but performing it can be even more thrilling. 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.


Much though we enjoy watching magic shows, we all know deep down that we are just being cleverly deceived. The question is, does magic – real magic – actually exist? Can some people, either instinctively or through secret knowledge, manipulate natural forces in a way that is beyond most of us? Or is it all simply luck, coincidence or skilled trickery? Do we have some strange need to believe that there are powers beyond our control? What do you think?

Writing challenges

Write a short narrative extract about someone from over a thousand years ago who has been transported to the present day. Describe a scene in which they encounter a modern device such as a TV, smart phone or car for the first time.


Write instructions for a simple magic trick. If you don’t know one, write about an everyday activity such as surprising your parents by getting ready for school on time, as if it were a magic trick.


Research and write a short biography of a famous magician, past or present. Include details of where and when they were born and grew up as well as giving an insight into their act.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download in our Topical Tuesdays collection.

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 The Week Junior website.

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