Kids & Teens
The Week Junior

The Week Junior


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.

United Kingdom
Dennis Publishing UK
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in this issue

2 min.
protests against hong kong’s new national security law

On 30 June, the Chinese government passed a new law that affects the city of Hong Kong. Thousands of Hong Kong citizens protested against the decision. The police arrested nearly 400 people on 1 July – the day that the new law went into effect. The UK Government says that the National Security Law breaks an agreement between the UK and China. What is Hong Kong? Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous region of China. This means that although it’s part of China, it has some control (autonomy) over its own rules, and has a separate political and legal system from the rest of the country. This is known as a “one country, two systems” arrangement. People in Hong Kong have previously enjoyed more freedom than those living in China, such as the freedom…

1 min.
hong kong history

Hong Kong is a region of China on the country’s south coast. In 1842, Britain took control of Hong Kong Island, which was an important centre for trade. Over time, nearby territories also came under British control. It was agreed in 1898 that all regions would be returned to China after 99 years. On 1 July 1997, a ceremony was held to hand Hong Kong back to China. At that time both countries agreed that Hong Kong would be semi-autonomous (have some control over its rules).…

1 min.
the fight against coronavirus continues

Although the situation is now improving in the UK, many countries around the world continue to fight the coronavirus outbreak. On 7 July, the total number of cases of Covid-19 (the disease caused by the coronavirus) reported in the US since the outbreak began was 2,932,596. At the time The Week Junior went to press, the US had reported the most infections overall, followed by Brazil, where the president, Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for the virus on 7 July. In India, more than 20,000 new infections were reported each day between 3 and 6 July. The country recently began to relax lockdown rules that had been in place since March. Mexico and Russia are also reporting high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More than 30,000 people have died from the disease in Mexico,…

1 min.
white cliffs are a wild paradise

The National Trust has transformed farmland on the White Cliffs of Dover, England, into a paradise for birds, wildflowers and butterflies. The National Trust is a charity that protects important natural or historic places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has its own National Trust. In 2017, the charity launched a campaign to raise money to buy 700,000 square metres of clifftop land. Within three weeks, it had raised the full £1 million needed to complete the purchase. The cliffs, a rare type of chalk grassland, had previously been used for farming. The chemicals used in farming had changed the soil, so wild flowers would not grow naturally there. In 2018, the Trust planted a cereal plant called barley. This returned the soil to its natural state by removing some of…

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it’s an amazing week for…

MAKING ART Macaire Everett, 14, and her brother Camden, nine, from Illinois in the US, have been making chalk art for 100 days in a row. The siblings have drawn cities around the world, as well as everything from dinosaurs to diners. Every night their dad cleans their drive so they can start again the next day. BEAVERS BORN IN ESSEX A pair of beavers in the wild in Essex have had two offspring. The baby beavers bring hope that a population in the wild could grow again. Having been hunted to extinction centuries ago, the animals were recently reintroduced to the area to help prevent floods by building dams. Beavers are natural dam-builders. AN INSPIRING SKATER A nine-year-old figure skater from the US called Kaitlyn Saunders has become an online sensation. She decided she…

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£1.57 billion to help save arts

The UK’s museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, heritage sites (important historical buildings, landmarks and monuments) and music venues are to receive £1.57 billion from the Government to try and save them from going out of business. The announcement was made on 5 July. Why is the money needed? When the UK went into lockdown on 23 March, cultural venues such as museums, theatres and cinemas had to close. With no visitors paying to see films, shows or exhibitions, these organisations are struggling to survive. Although lockdown has been eased, many venues – especially those that attract an audience – can’t open due to social-distancing rules. How will the money be given out? The Government has pledged £1.15 billion to support cultural organisations in England, such as theatres and concert halls. The money will be a…