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Topical Tuesdays: Thank you, teacher! – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 23 June, the UK is due to mark National Thank a Teacher Day to celebrate those working in schools and colleges.

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:

  • It’s important to say thank you but is the excessive thanking of teachers becoming ridiculous? Surely, it would be more meaningful to give a hand-made card, or to say thank you in person, or even to show gratitude by always behaving well and trying your best? Or is it right to shower educators with gifts? After all, most teachers go far beyond what is expected of them to give their pupils the best possible chance. What do you think?
  • Write a genuine thank you letter for your teacher. Remember to include all the features of an informal letter.
  • Write a pretend thank you letter from your teacher to you. Make it as serious or light-hearted as you like, but you still need to use the conventions of an informal letter.
  • Research and write a Did You Know? list, giving between five and ten interesting facts about being a teacher.

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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