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

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The charity Action for Children has launched its annual Secret Santa campaign to help children in the UK who are facing a difficult Christmas. 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.


As a caring society, we should support poorer people, especially families with children. But is the idea of connecting it to Christmas a mistake? In difficult times, shouldn’t we be encouraging people to cut back and lower festive expectations? Or is Christmas exactly the right time to urge those who have enough to think about others? What do you think?

Writing challenges

Write a radio advertisement calling for donations of food and clothing to a charity such as a homeless shelter.


Write a set of instructions for doing a Secret Santa amongst your friends.


Make a list of three to five charities that help poor or disadvantaged people in your local area. For each one, give a brief description of their work and the sort of donations they welcome

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 https://schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.

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  • Activities sheet
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