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

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Team GB has continued to make history at the Tokyo Olympic Games. 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.


The founder of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin said, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning, but taking part.” Do you agree that the Olympics should be about people from around the world coming together in the spirit of friendship and doing the best they can without worrying about the result? Or does that miss the point completely? Shouldn’t every athlete’s ultimate goal be to come first? What do you think?

Writing challenges

Pick an Olympic sport and write a set of instructions for how to compete in that event.


Unfortunately, sports reporters and competitors often use a lot of cliches and filler phrases when they are doing interviews. Write a humorous, imagined dialogue between a sports star and TV presenter after an Olympic event, including as many of these over-used phrases as you can.


Research at least two top Olympic athletes, past or present, and write a fact file for each of them.

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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