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

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Netflix may be the most popular streaming service in the world but it is struggling to stay as popular as it has been. The total number of subscribers around the world went down by 200,000 in the first three months of 2022. 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.


One of the problems for Netflix appears to be the number of subscribers who share their accounts with friends and family outside their homes. But is it fair to blame people for helping themselves to something that is free? Why pay if you don’t have to? Or should we try to encourage a greater sense of honesty in society? Don’t we all benefit when we share fairly? What do you think?

Writing challenges

It is said that people only have a very short time to ‘sell’ their ideas to TV producers – about the time it takes to travel a few floors in a lift. Write an ‘elevator pitch’ (brief, persuasive speech lasting about 30 seconds) to describe your own idea for a new TV series.


Critics are paid to write reviews of films, plays, concerts and TV shows. But what about real life? Write a review of a walk in the woods as if it were a show and the trees and wildlife were actors.


What are the top five best-selling board games of all time? Write them in order, along with a one-sentence summary of what each one involves.

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

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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