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Topical Tuesdays: The Price of Freedom - KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions in England. 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.


No one enjoys wearing a mask or living in isolation so we all look forward to the lifting of Covid restrictions. But is it too early? Considering the effort we put into keeping one person alive with complicated transplant surgery, for example, isn’t it ridiculous to put people – especially those with serious health conditions – at risk for the sake of a few more weeks of being responsible? Or do you feel that enough is enough? The vaccines have clearly had an amazing impact so why not take advantage of that protection and get back to normality? Why should the rest of us put our lives on hold a minute longer, just to safeguard others who would be at risk whatever happened? What do you think?

Writing challenges

Write a letter to yourself, as you were four years ago, to prepare you for the pandemic.


The nursery rhyme Ring a Ring o’ Roses is thought to have been about a deadly plague in 1665. Write your own nursery rhyme about Covid, hinting at the danger without making it sound too scary for young children.


What do you have to do to become a doctor? Write a brief explanation of the types of qualifications you need and the amount of training it takes.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

What is The Week Junior magazine?

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 https://schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.

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