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

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People across the UK have enjoyed the sunshine this week, but they have also been advised to be careful as a heatwave hits much of the country. This KS2 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.


Once again, we are having lovely sunny weather in June and July when we’re all stuck in a classroom. Then, the moment we break up for the summer holidays, August arrives, usually bringing windy wet weather with it. Isn’t it time we completely rearranged school terms so that families can enjoy the warm weather together? Or would you prefer to keep things the way they are, as it fits neatly with our traditional winter and spring celebrations? What do you think?

Writing skills

Imagine the temperature has risen so much that something serious or unusual has happened, such as the roads starting to melt. Write a news report of the event, including direct quotes from local people and members of the emergency services.


Find the lyrics of the famous song Summertime, written by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin and Heyward Du Bose, which starts Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Rewrite the words, keeping the same rhyming and rhythmic structure, to describe a heatwave in the UK. Why not learn the tune, too, and sing it to your class?


We all know that the world’s climate is getting warmer but is that true of the UK too? Research and summarise the best evidence you can to show that either the UK is getting steadily warmer or that climate change isn’t really having an effect on our country.

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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