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Topical Tuesdays: Who comes first? – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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A group of politicians has tried to persuade the UK Government to change its mind about how much foreign aid it gives to poorer countries.

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

  • Even during times of great hardship, such as a global pandemic, we are lucky enough to live in one of the richest nations in the world. So, isn’t it right that we keep sending money to help people in countries not as fortunate as ours? Doesn’t a happy world serve our national interests too? Or is it crazy to send lots of money abroad when there is already so much pain and suffering in our own land? What do you think?
  • Write an advertisement encouraging people to send money to your favourite charity.
  • Write two contrasting thought bubbles, each outlining the feelings that different passers-by might have about seeing a homeless individual.
  • The fact bubble mentions the five countries that receive the most aid from the UK: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen. Pick one of them and write a fact file about that country.

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.

  • News story
  • Activities sheet
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