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Topical Tuesdays: Once in a decade – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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This week, millions of people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will complete a survey known as the census. It is designed to count all the people and households in those countries and gather information about them.

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:

  • Here we go again – the ‘Powers That Be’ are prying into our personal lives once more. Is it really necessary for them to have so much information on us? Or is being open and transparent about our lives all part of the deal of living in a caring society? What do you think? ?
  • Write a poem on the theme of the census.
  • Write an imagined recount about an occasion when you followed a recipe where you did not know how much of each ingredient to use, nor how many people you were cooking for.
  • Find the UK population, to the nearest million, in each of the last seven census years. Put the information into a table. If you can, try turning it into a graph.

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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