Sign In
Sign In
Register for Free

Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – HS2 rail line could put natural habitats at risk

Key Stage

KS2, KS3


Years 3-9


A recent report produced by 14 local wildlife trusts and other charities that looked into the planned HS2 rail line between London and the West Midlands has shown that the project will put several species at risk of extinction, including barn owls and rare bats.

The route of the high speed train link, which also goes on to Manchester and Leeds, will reportedly cause damage to almost 700 local wildlife sites, over 100 ancient woodlands, five internationally protected wildlife sites and other places of special scientific interest.

Their study is said to be the most thorough investigation into the project so far.

The project, which could cost £106 billion or more, has been criticised by experts who have been gathering information for the Government about whether it should go ahead.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • It has long been agreed that we need to do more to help the northern areas of our country prosper, and the HS2 is a major project designed to do just that. Debate whether you think this is worth the cost, both financially and environmentally?
  • Think of an experience you’ve had with local wildlife and write a recount using descriptive language both of the landscape and/or animals as well as your feelings
  • Write your own version of William Wordsworth’s poem, ‘Daffodils’ based on a natural scene that has inspired you
  • Research and write factfiles for at least three wild animals found near you. For an extra challenge, try to choose ones that are endangered or threatened and outline things that could be done to protect their populations.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to

Find the whole range of free Topical Tuesday resources here.

DOWNLOAD A FREE RESOURCE! Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – HS2 rail line could put natural habitats at risk

You'll also receive regular updates from Teachwire with free lesson plans, great new teaching ideas, offers and more. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

Which sectors are you interested in?

By signing up you agree to our Terms & Conditions and privacy policy

Explore teaching packs

Pie Corbett Ultimate KS2 Fiction Collection
Fire up KS2 pupils' imagination with this collection of 16 fictional stories, written by literacy expert Pie Corbett. Each r... more
17 x resource packs
Pie Corbett KS2 Non-Fiction Collection
Use Pie Corbett’s non-fiction texts to inspire your KS2 pupils to get writing. Each resource contains an original text in ... more
5 x resource packs
Pie Corbett KS2 Poetry Collection
Inspire KS2 pupils to be creative and express themselves with this pack of Pie Corbett poetry. Each of these Pie Corbett Tal... more
6 x resource packs
Expert Medium-Term Science Plans for Primary
Sorting out your medium term planning for KS1 science and KS2 science? Let science experts such as Deborah Herridge and ment... more
6 x resource packs
Amazing Handwriting Worksheets for EYFS & KS1
Help your EYFS and KS1 pupils with their handwriting practice with these simple and eyecatching free printable handwriting w... more
21 x resource packs
Bumper Lesson Plan Templates Pack
Get your lesson plan done in a jiffy with this range of teacher-made printable lesson plan templates, including a 5 minute l... more
11 x resource packs