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Topical Tuesdays: The Power of Protest - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 23 October, protesters from Just Stop Oil staged a protest by blocking a famous zebra crossing on Abbey Road, in north-west London. Just Stop Oil is a group that campaigns against the UK Government’s support of fossil-fuel industries. Burning fossil fuels is one of the main causes of climate change. 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.


Should we ban all sorts of protest that disrupt everyday activities? Isn’t it simply wrong to make life a misery for people who probably have nothing to do with the issue you’re angry about? Or are some issues too important for polite protests? What do you think?

Writing skills

Aesop was famous for writing fables, usually involving animals, such as The Hare and the Tortoise, that end with a clear moral, simply stated. Write your own fable about someone or something protesting about an issue to a more powerful person or creature.


Write a letter to the Just Stop Oil protesters. If you agree with them, explain why you think their aims and methods are justified. If you disagree with what they are doing, say why and outline what you think they should do differently.


Who were The Beatles? Write a short biography of the group, outlining who they were, where they came from and why they made such an impact. If possible, listen to a few of their songs. Have you heard them before? Which is your favourite and why? (Or, explain why you don’t like any of them!)

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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