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Topical Tuesdays: Money for Nothing - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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The cost of living crisis in the UK is having an impact on young people’s pocket money, with a third of parents giving less cash to their offspring as family finances get tighter, according to one survey. 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.


In times of economic uncertainty, it is hardly surprising that children’s pocket money is being reduced. The question is, should children get pocket money in the first place, unless they have done something to earn it? Doesn’t it just create an unrealistic expectation that you can get something for nothing? Or does it help children to develop important money-awareness skills? What do you think?

Writing skills

Imagine there is a competition for schoolchildren to win £1,000. All you have to do to enter is say what you intend to spend the money on and why.


Imagine you are in charge of your family’s finances. Unfortunately, with prices rising, there is less cash left over for fun things. Using a playscript format, write a dialogue between you and your parents or carers in which you discuss where the ‘spare’ money goes and how you think they could cut back.


Research the average amount of pocket money given to UK children each week. Try to find at least three different sources and put your findings in a table. Are they all the same? Can you explain any differences? Write a short paragraph discussing your findings

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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