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The Week Junior

The Week Junior

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"When you are young, you’re naturally curious about the world and everything in it. But the world seems made for grown-ups; complex and unknowable. That’s why we’ve created The Week Junior. It explains the news and events in ways that children understand; immediate, colourful, exciting. From news to nature, science to geography, and sport to books, The Week Junior explores an extraordinary array of topics from around the globe. Written to engage a young person’s point of view, without spoon-feeding or patronising, it explains events in a safe, accessible and inspiring way."

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dennis Publishing UK
Frequency:
Weekly
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51 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
voters across britain head to polls

On 6 May, people in England, Scotland and Wales were due to vote in one of the biggest sets of elections in British history outside of a general election. What are the elections in England? In England, voters are electing nearly 5,000 councillors and other officials to 143 local councils. Councils are in charge of local services, such as bin collections and libraries. Thirteen mayors are also being elected across the country. This includes the capital city, London, where current mayor Sadiq Khan is expected to be re-elected. In England and Wales, voters are electing 39 Police and Crime Commissioners – who are in charge of policing in their local area. What’s happening in Hartlepool? In Hartlepool, voters are choosing a new Member of Parliament (MP) in a by-election. Usually, voters choose their new…

1 min.
arlene foster resigns

On 28 April, Arlene Foster said that she was resigning (stepping down) as the First Minister of Northern Ireland and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). She made the decision after members of the DUP signed a letter saying they weren’t happy with the job she was doing and asking for a new leader. Foster became leader of the DUP in December 2015 and First Minister in January 2016 – the first woman and youngest ever person to hold both positions. Foster said it had been the privilege of her life to serve the people of Northern Ireland.…

1 min.
china launches first space station module

On 29 April, China successfully launched the first part of its new space station. It is the first of at least 10 launches that China has planned to take modules into space, where they will be put together into a Chinese space station called Tiangong (which means “Heaven’s Palace”). The first module was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on a Long March-5B rocket. No people were on board. The module is 16.6 metres long and 4.2 metres wide. It is the main living area of the space station and three astronauts are due to be sent to live on board in June. The module detached from the rocket successfully. However, at the time The Week Junior went to press it was unclear whereabouts on Earth the rocket would land. It…

1 min.
colosseum given new floor

Italy’s government has announced plans to create a special floor in the Colosseum in Rome. The new floor will allow visitors to stand where gladiators battled 2,000 years ago. The Colosseum is an ancient stadium, called an amphitheatre, which opened in AD80 during the Roman Empire. It was used for thousands of gladiatorial contests, where men fought against one another, or against dangerous animals, sometimes to their death. These contests drew huge crowds of around 50,000 people. The ruin remains hugely popular today. In 2019, around 7.6 million tourists visited the Colosseum. There were far fewer visitors in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, though. At the moment, the Colosseum has no floor. It was removed in the 19th century by archaeologists (experts who study ancient objects to help us understand…

1 min.
it’s an amazing week for…

A STRIKING DEBUT Owen Forbes, who is 12, made a winning contribution in his first cricket game in an adult league. The bowler for Allendale Cricket Club, in England, got four batsmen out with four deliveries. “I was really happy when I got the first wicket,” he told the BBC. A RECORD-BREAKING CUCKOO PJ the cuckoo has become the first satellite-tagged cuckoo to clock up more than 50,000 miles. He was tagged in 2016 as part of a project to protect the birds’ declining population. At the end of April, PJ arrived back in Suffolk, England, in time for summer breeding, after his fifth winter trip to Africa. ART LOVERS A new video artwork by one of the UK’s greatest living artists is being shown in five cities this May. David Hockney’s two-and-a-half-minute animation of…

2 min.
mental health awareness week

From 10 to 16 May, Mental Health Awareness Week is being marked in the UK. This year’s theme is nature, and the aim is to get people to connect with the natural world. What is mental health? Mental health is how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are examples of mental health problems. Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, and depression is when someone feels sad and loses interest for weeks or months in things that they used to enjoy. What is Mental Health Awareness Week? Mental Health Awareness Week is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, which is a charity that works to improve everyone’s mental wellbeing. The week is designed to encourage people to talk about their mental health and find ways of making it…