Story: School nativity plays, and musical concerts have taken place in various formats this year. Health minister, Edward Argar, has said festive plays are important. Question: Who are school performances for?
Story: Founder of Facebook (a social media platform), Mark Zuckerberg, has announced Meta, a new company brand for its apps and technologies that will concentrate on building a new way of using the internet through virtual reality. Question: Do we need to create a virtual universe?
Story: Brazil's indigenous people came together at COP26 earlier this month to share their message: the world needs their expertise in protecting the Amazon rainforest to solve the global warming crisis. Question: Is the world a better place if we live more natural lives?
Story: Travel company, Expedia, has announced a ban on sales of holidays involving captive marine animals following calls led by public figures such as Joanna Lumley. Question: Should we be allowed to swim with dolphins?
Story: Professor Rolf Schwarz, of Karlsruhe College of Schooling in Germany, believes that secure playgrounds prevent young people from finding out important dangers during their early years. Question: Do we need to experience danger to learn how to be safe?
Story: A new study published in a science magazine found that in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, a rare genetic condition that causes tuskless elephants has become increasingly common. Question: Should we do more to protect elephants?
Story: The COP26 climate summit, one of the biggest ever world meetings on how to tackle climate change, is taking place between 31st October and 12th November 2021 and is being held in Glasgow. Question: What are the best ways to tackle climate change?
Story: This year’s Nobel Prize winners have been announced and include two American scientists jointly winning the 2021 Nobel Prize for medicine. Question: Is it important for all our achievements and good deeds to be recognised?
Story: Children’s TV channel CBeebies has hired George Webster as its first ever presenter with Down’s syndrome. The 20-year-old, from Leeds, is an actor, dancer and ambassador for the disability charity, Mencap. Question: What does a good role model look like?
Story: Encouraging people to use buses more often is to be a central part of the Government’s plan to reach net zero by 2050. New transport stations, called ‘mobility hubs’, will act as a focal point for cyclists, electric car drivers and rail commuters to switch easily between different modes of transport. Question: What would encourage you to use public transport?
Story: It is estimated that people in Britain are sending over 1.6 billion non-biodegradable face masks to landfill every single month. In Wales, one company is working to turn hospital waste into new masks with 65% recycled materials. Question: Should disposable face masks be banned?
Story: Following the trail of devastation left by Hurricane Ida, President Biden declared that ‘historic investment’ is needed to deal with the impact of the climate crisis. Question: How does facing disasters change us?
Paralympics Story: At the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, ParalympicsGB launched a campaign to change perceptions of those with disabilities called, Impossible to Ignore. Question: Can the Paralympics help us become more inclusive of others? Virtual Assembly: Found on the Picture News website, just add /discuss
Afghanistan Special Story: The Taliban have taken control of Kabul, the capital city in Afghanistan. Some people are worried about how their lives will change and have been trying to leave the country. Question: What’s happening in Afghanistan?
Story: Research by BookTrust Research and CLPE showed that the number of children’s books published in the UK between 2017 and 2019 featuring characters from an ethnic minority background was just 10%. Question: Are we all reflected in the books we read?
Story: UNESCO have said that the Great Barrier Reef in Australia should be put on a list of World Heritage Sites that are ‘in danger’ due to damage caused by climate change. Question: Are some places around the world more important than others?
Story: Danish captain, Simon Kjaer, was hailed a hero for giving lifesaving first aid to his team-mate Christian Eriksen during a recent Euro 2020 football match against Finland. Question: What life skills should we learn at school?
Story: Transport for London (TFL) and other parts of the UK are trialling e-scooters as a new means of getting around using a more energy efficient mode of transport. Question: Should e-scooters be allowed on our roads?
Story: The world number two tennis player Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the French Open after finding it difficult to speak to the media at the tournament. Question: Should sports stars be expected to do interviews?
Story: The government is trying to encourage greener farming methods and believes that the next generation of farmers will be best equipped to make these changes. Question: How important is the role of farmers?
Story: Project Sing2G7! Children from the choir at Truro cathedral will sing, Gee Seven, a song about climate change written by Sir Tim Rice, to world leaders at G7 Summit in Cornwall next month. Question: Does music have the power to change our behaviour?
Story: The retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) has begun legal action against supermarket Aldi, arguing the supermarket's Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake infringes its Colin the Caterpillar trademark. Question: Is it always wrong to copy others?
Story: The Union Jack will be flown on UK Government buildings every day of the year under plans to celebrate the United Kingdom’s heritage and pride. Question: Should we be allowed to fly flags anywhere?
Story: Thousands of red telephone boxes across the UK are being transformed into museums, libraries and other practical uses in order to preserve this historic icon! Question: Should we keep red telephone boxes?
Story: A group have been evicted from a tunnel under Euston Square Gardens after protesting about the building of the new HS2 railway link Question: How far should you go to stand up for what you believe in?
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