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

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On 6th June 2022, Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a vote of confidence. Although he won the vote with 211 Conservative Members of Parliament supporting him, there were 148 MPs from his own party who voted against him. 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.


Even though Mr Johnson won his confidence vote, many people in his own party are still not happy with him and want him to resign. If someone has won an election fairly, should the losers be made to stop complaining until the next election? Or is the freedom to speak out, even if you have lost a vote, an important part of living in a democracy? What do you think?

Writing skills

Write a set of “top tips” on how to have self-confidence. As well as suggesting ways to be more positive, also offer warnings about the pitfalls of becoming over-confident. Try to include reasons or examples to reinforce the points you are making.


Compose two or three haikus on the themes of confidence, winning or faith in your leader.


Research famous quotes about democracy. Choose your favourite five and copy them down in order, starting with the one you think is the very best.

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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