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

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Egypt, in north Africa, might have the most famous pyramids in the world but it’s not the only country where this kind of structure exists. Sudan, which lies directly to the south of Egypt, has its Pyramids of Meroë, which were built between 2,700 and 2,300 years ago. Now you can explore these extraordinary monuments without having to jump on a plane, thanks to a new section of Google’s Arts & Culture website and app. 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.


It is remarkable that technology can now let us explore ancient monuments like these without having to leave our homes. Isn’t it time that they were all turned into virtual attractions? Or do you think that there is nothing like seeing something for yourself, rather than a computerised version? In any case, if we made everything a virtual attraction, wouldn’t that deprive countries of vital income from tourism? What do you think?

Writing skills

When Howard Carter first peered inside the tomb of Tutankhamun, he was asked whether he could see anything. He replied, “Yes, wonderful things.” Imagine archaeologists from the future have just reopened your bedroom or classroom door for the first time in thousands of years. Write a short dialogue between them in which they describe the contents of this long-lost chamber of treasures.


Imagine you are the ghost of an ancient king or queen whose tomb has become a visitor attraction. Write a diary entry for a typical day in which tourists crowd in to nose around your final resting place. Remember to use the first person and express your feelings about the events of the day.


What is the history of virtual reality? Create a timeline naming the main events in the development of this technology.

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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