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

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The world’s largest ever report into climate change has been released. The IPCC report lists what countries need to do in order to prevent more extreme weather events in the future. 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.


Surely, by now, every reasonable person is well aware of the perils of man-made global warming. That is why we are all trying to recycle, reduce waste and generally ‘go green’. We’re trying our best! Isn’t it time people stopped going on about it? Or is this too important to keep quiet about? What do you think?

Writing challenges

Despite all the evidence, there are still some people who claim that they don’t believe in man-made climate change. Write an open letter to them, trying to persuade them to change their minds.


Imagine you are Planet Earth and you are going to see the doctor because you feel unwell. Write a dialogue between you and the doctor, describing your symptoms (high temperature, breathing difficulties, etc.) and asking for help.


Research the difference between climate and weather. Write an explanation text to outline what you have learnt. Remember to use clear examples and explain some misconceptions, such as people thinking that the Earth can’t be warming up if we still get snow.

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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