The Reading / Listening - Free School Meals - Level 1

The UK government voted against giving free school lunches to children in the holidays. Most of the government voted against giving children a weekly $20 food voucher. The government is under pressure to make a U-turn. In the summer, the footballer Marcus Rashford campaigned to get the government to give school lunches to poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic. The government listened and made a U-turn.



British people are angry because many children will not get a proper meal in the holidays. The UK's Prime Minister said he would not U-turn. He said he "totally understands" the issue of hunger. People on social media said this was not true because he comes from a rich family. People are also angry that COVID-19 consultants in the UK are paid over $8,000 a day, but children cannot get a free lunch. Many stores in the UK are banning politicians from their businesses.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Free School Meals - Level 0 Free School Meals - Level 2   or  Free School Meals - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/oct/25/no-10-under-growing-pressure-to-u-turn-over-free-school-meals
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/uk-doctors-demand-free-meals-for-kids-as-covid-fuels-hunger/2020/10/25/d133c606-16c6-11eb-8bda-814ca56e138b_story.html
  • https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/tories-misunderstood-mood-nation-free-school-meals-bernard-jenkin-boris-johnson-marcus-rashford-737047


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. free
  2. in the
  3. the government voted
  4. a weekly $20 food
  5. The government is under
  6. give school lunches
  7. during the coronavirus
  8. The government listened and
  1. made a U-turn
  2. against
  3. voucher
  4. pandemic
  5. school lunches
  6. holidays
  7. to poorer children
  8. pressure

Paragraph 2

  1. British people are
  2. children will not get a proper
  3. The UK's
  4. He said he totally
  5. the issue of
  6. he comes from a rich
  7. paid over $8,000
  8. Many stores
  1. family
  2. understands
  3. in the UK
  4. meal
  5. a day
  6. hunger
  7. angry
  8. Prime Minister

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK government (1) ___________________ free school lunches to children in the holidays. Most of the government voted against giving (2) ___________________ $20 food voucher. The government is (3) ___________________ make a U-turn. In the summer, the footballer Marcus Rashford (4) ___________________ the government to give school lunches to (5) ___________________ the coronavirus pandemic. The government (6) ___________________ a U-turn.

British (7) ___________________ because many children will not get a (8) ___________________ the holidays. The UK's Prime Minister said he would not U-turn. He said he "totally understands" the (9) ___________________. People on social media said this (10) ___________________ because he comes from a rich family. People are also angry that COVID-19 consultants in the UK (11) ___________________ $8,000 a day, but children cannot get a free lunch. Many stores in the UK (12) ___________________ from their businesses.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKgovernmentvotedagainstgivingfreeschoollunchestochildreni
ntheholidays.Mostofthegovernmentvotedagainstgivingchildrenawe
ekly$20foodvoucher.ThegovernmentisunderpressuretomakeaU-t
urn.Inthesummer,thefootballerMarcusRashfordcampaignedtogetth
egovernmenttogiveschoollunchestopoorerchildrenduringthecorona
viruspandemic.ThegovernmentlistenedandmadeaU-turn.Britishpe
opleareangrybecausemanychildrenwillnotgetapropermealintheholi
days.TheUK'sPrimeMinistersaidhewouldnotU-turn.Hesaidhe"tota
llyunderstands"theissueofhunger.Peopleonsocialmediasaidthiswas
nottruebecausehecomesfromarichfamily.PeoplearealsoangrythatC
OVID-19consultantsintheUKarepaidover$8,000aday,butchildrenc
annotgetafreelunch.ManystoresintheUKarebanningpoliticiansfromt
heirbusinesses.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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