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Topical Tuesdays: The Great Jigsaw Revival – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Jigsaw sales are soaring in popularity in the UK, as people spend more time at home because of the coronavirus outbreak – but surely, they’ve had their day?

Jigsaws originally went out of fashion simply because electronic games are more fun and easier to set up.

Could it be that this year has helped to wean people off their screen dependencies? And if so, is that a good thing? What do you think?

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:

  • Write a playscript, dramatizing an imagined conversation between a toy company manager and a game inventor who has just thought up the idea of the jigsaw puzzle.
  • Imagine that all electronic devices suddenly stopped working all at once. Write a list of your top five things that people could do to keep themselves entertained instead
  • Research how jigsaw puzzles were originally made then write a set of instructions to explain to someone else how to make one.

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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