Current Affairs 2021/2022
Every week our pupils have a slot timetabled for current affairs.
w/b 20th September
Volcano eruption La Palma Canary Islands https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/19/spanish-canary-island-volcano-erupts-after-weeks-of-earthquakes
w/b 27th September
Tornado hits Lincolnshire
6.0 Magnitude earthquake in Crete
w/b 4th October
Update on the La Palma volcano that is still erupting and the impact it is having/may have
w/b 11th October
Lebanon 24 hour power cut – imagine what that would be like for us? Read article (link sent https://newsforkids.net/articles/2021/10/11/lebanons-power-returns-after-24-hour-blackout/ ) and discuss the situation in Lebanon described in the article. Share location of Lebanon on a map.
w/b 18th October
Earthshot prize – explain what its purpose is, and some of the projects it will support https://earthshotprize.org/
w/b 1st November
La Palma volcano update https://news.sky.com/topic/la-palma-volcano-eruption-9706 and discussion about impact e.g. homes, schools, air quality.
w/b 8th November
COP26 conference flipchart sent and link to discuss climate change on National Geographic kids website.
w/b 15th November
Discuss Delhi smog https://newsforkids.net/articles/2021/11/16/delhi-smog-closes-schools-may-cause-lockdown/ and human impact. Air quality so poor that it may cause a ‘pollution lockdown’.
w/b 22nd November
Volcano update to discuss impact of volcanic ash and that the land mass has grown. Flipchart sent.
w/b 29th November
Share and discuss that Norway have developed the first ever electric self driving container ship in a bid to combat pollution – discuss potential impact if this technology is shared to other areas and the reduction on climate change/pollution
w/b 6th December
Volcano update https://en.as.com/en/2021/12/06/latest_news/1638785603_431480.html`
w/b 10th January
https://news.sky.com/story/la-palma-volcano-eruption-has-officially-ended-authorities-say-12503770 discuss the human and physical impact of the volcanic eruption now that it has stopped after 3 months!
w/b 18th January
Tonga underwater volcano erupts https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/the-science-behind-the-tonga-eruption-and-tsunami discuss impact across the pacific and tsunami warning
w/b 26th January
Discuss article https://www.dw.com/en/snowstorm-brings-much-of-turkey-and-greece-to-a-halt/a-60542602 Greece has had snow, and this time last year. Previously no snow for 30 years. Why? Global warming?
w/b 31st January
Discuss local flooding as a result of storm Malik. Did the pupils know that storms have names? What is the impact and disruption caused by the flooding? https://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/news/weather/cars-stranded-as-heavy-flooding-hits-lowestoft-8655488
w/b 22nd Feb
With recent bad weather and 3 named storms in a week discuss the content of this page with your class https://www.goodto.com/family/family-news/how-do-storms-get-names-650892 it is all about how UK storms are named.
w/b 7th March
Treaty to fight plastic pollution – meeting took place with representatives from 175 countries last Wednesday.
w/b 14th March
https://newsforkids.net/articles/2022/03/10/polar-explorers-ship-found-after-over-100-years/ discuss what a polar explorer is, which parts of the world are classed as ‘polar’ and the significance of this find.
w/b 21st March
Discuss the Saharan dust cloud which has passed over the UK this week and covered cars and gardens in Saharan sand/dust https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/mar/22/how-saharan-dust-clouds-that-turn-skies-orange-also-nourish-nature discuss benefits in this article and show on a map where it has come from.
w/b 28th March
https://newsforkids.net/articles/2022/03/21/heat-waves-in-antarctica-and-the-arctic/ heatwave in the polar regions – unusual for this to happen in both areas at the same time – possible climate change/global warming