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Topical Tuesdays: U-turn if you want to… - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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On 3 October, Kwasi Kwarteng, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced that the Government would no longer be getting rid of the top rate of income tax. 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.


Sometimes, it feels like the worst thing politicians can do is to change their minds. But is having another think really such a bad thing? Isn’t it the sign of a thoughtful, considerate person who wants to make the correct decision? Or are there some jobs in which it is essential to make the right decision first time? What do you think?

Writing skills

Write a first-person, possibly diary-style account on the theme of “The Biggest Decision of my Life”. It could be fictional or based on your own experiences.


Imagine you are being encouraged by your friends to do something that seems like it might be fun but you are not sure whether it is the right thing to do. Outline your decision-making process as a set of instructions


Research an event from history when someone stuck by the wrong decision when they had the chance to change their mind. Give a brief account of what happened, including names, places and dates and show how we know a better choice was open to 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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