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The Week Junior

The Week Junior

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The Week Junior is a brilliant current affairs magazine for children aged between 8 and 14. It’s filled with fascinating stories and information, written to engage curious young minds and encourage them to explore and understand the world around them.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
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2 min.
world unites in applause for those helping fight coronavirus

On 26 March, millions of people across the UK applauded all the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are tackling the Covid-19 outbreak. Covid-19 is the disease caused by a type of newly discovered coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It can cause fever (a high temperature), coughing and breathing difficulties. Around the world, similar events have been held as people show their appreciation to everyone working to keep us all safe. What happened in the UK? In the UK, at 8pm on 26 March, millions of people banged pots, cheered and applauded from their balconies, doorsteps, gardens and open windows. The event, called Clap for Our Carers, was started by Annemarie Plas. She was inspired after she saw people in other parts of the world doing the same thing. Landmarks across the UK…

2 min.
the oldest man in the world celebrates his 112th birthday

The world’s oldest man has celebrated his 112th birthday. Bob Weighton was born on 29 March 1908 – meaning he has lived through 22 UK Prime Ministers and five ruling monarchs. Weighton lives in Hampshire, England, and has three children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He met his wife in Taiwan, where he was teaching English classes, before working as a codebreaker during the Second World War (1939–1945). Once the conflict was over, he returned to teaching in England before retiring in 1973. Weighton’s birthday party this year had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, but he says he’s used to things not going to plan. He grew up during the First World War (1914–1918), and years later was stopped from travelling back to the UK from the US because…

1 min.
the lights go off for earth hour 2020

On 28 March, millions of people around the world switched off their lights to mark Earth Hour. Earth Hour is an annual event run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – an organisation that protects wildlife and the environment. At 8.30pm people were encouraged to turn off any non-essential lights for one hour, as a way to combat climate change (the long-term change in world weather patterns caused by human activities). This is because the production of electricity often leads to the gas carbon dioxide (CO2) being released into the Earth’s atmosphere. CO2 is one of the main causes of climate change. Sydney Opera House was one of many famous landmarks to turn off its lights this year. Others included Tower Bridge and The Shard in London, and the Brandenburg Gate…

1 min.
it’s an amazing week for…

ONLINE BIRDWATCHERS More than 90,000 people watched the first peregrine falcon egg of 2020 being laid on top of Salisbury Cathedral, in England, via a webcam. It happened on 22 March, with further eggs laid on 25 and 27 March. The birds of prey typically nest on cliff ledges, so the tall cathedral is perfect for them. A FISH AND CHIP MYSTERY A mystery person has bought fish and chips for everyone in their village, to bring a bit of cheer during the lockdown. Stephen Davidson, owner of The Fox Inn at Denchworth, Oxfordshire, England, said an anonymous person had recruited him to deliver fish and chips to 171 residents every Friday for at least 12 weeks. A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY Around 20 neighbours sang Happy Birthday to eight-year-old Theo last week on his street…

2 min.
corbyn puts his final questions to the pm

On 25 March, Jeremy Corbyn took part in his last Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) as leader of the Labour Party. What is PMQs? PMQs is a weekly meeting where the Prime Minister answers questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of Commons (where MPs debate and vote on new laws). PMQs takes place to ensure that the Government is held responsible for its actions. It is shown live on TV and online so that the public can watch. As leader of the main opposition party, Corbyn can ask the Prime Minister six questions during each PMQs. However, this PMQs was a longer session than usual, so he was allowed to ask 12 questions. Why was it Corbyn’s last PMQs? Corbyn is standing down as leader of the Labour Party, following the party’s…

1 min.
the week in history

4 April 1975 Microsoft is founded On 4 April 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft, a computer software company. At that time, most people were still using typewriters. Gates and Allen, who were childhood friends from Seattle, US, decided to make their own computer software. In 1985, they launched Windows, and by 1993 nearly 90% of the world’s personal computers were using it. Today Microsoft is one of the world’s biggest companies and its success has made Gates and Allen billionaires.…