The Reading / Listening - Free School Meals - Level 2

The UK government voted against giving children free school lunches during the holidays. A huge majority of the government voted against giving a weekly food voucher. The value of the voucher was just $20 per child. The government is now under pressure to make a U-turn. In the summer, the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford campaigned to get the government to provide school lunches for poorer children during the coronavirus pandemic. The government made a U-turn then. Mr Rashford has started another campaign for another U-turn.



The British public is angry that politicians voted against giving the food vouchers. Many children will not get a proper meal during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not U-turn. He said he "totally understands" the issue of hunger. Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand because he comes from a rich family and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 consultants in the UK are paid over $8,000 a day, but children cannot get a $20 lunch voucher. Many stores across 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 1   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. school lunches during
  2. A huge
  3. a weekly food
  4. The value of the voucher was
  5. The government is now under
  6. make
  7. get the government to provide
  8. during the coronavirus
  1. pandemic
  2. voucher
  3. pressure
  4. a U-turn
  5. majority
  6. school lunches
  7. just $20 per child
  8. the holidays

Paragraph 2

  1. The British public
  2. politicians voted against giving
  3. children will not get a proper
  4. he totally understands the
  5. he comes from a
  6. consultants in the UK are paid
  7. Many stores
  8. banning politicians from
  1. meal
  2. their businesses
  3. over $8,000 a day
  4. rich family
  5. is angry
  6. across the UK
  7. the food vouchers
  8. issue of hunger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK government (1) ___________________ children free school lunches during the holidays. (2) ___________________ of the government voted against (3) ___________________ food voucher. The value of the voucher was just $20 per child. The government is now (4) ___________________ make a U-turn. In the summer, the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford campaigned to get the government to provide school (5) ___________________ children during the coronavirus pandemic. The government made a U-turn then. Mr Rashford has (6) ___________________ for another U-turn.

The British (7) ___________________ that politicians voted against giving the food vouchers. Many children will not get (8) ___________________ during the holidays. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he (9) ___________________. He said he "totally understands" the issue of hunger. Many people on social media said Mr Johnson does not understand because he comes from (10) ___________________ and has always had money. People are angry COVID-19 consultants in the UK (11) ___________________ $8,000 a day, but children cannot get a $20 lunch voucher. Many stores across the UK are banning politicians (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKgovernmentvotedagainstgivingchildrenfreeschoollunchesdur
ingtheholidays.Ahugemajorityofthegovernmentvotedagainstgiving
aweeklyfoodvoucher.Thevalueofthevoucherwasjust$20perchild.Th
egovernmentisnowunderpressuretomakeaU-turn.Inthesummer,th
eManchesterUnitedfootballerMarcusRashfordcampaignedtogettheg
overnmenttoprovideschoollunchesforpoorerchildrenduringthecoro
naviruspandemic.ThegovernmentmadeaU-turnthen.MrRashfordh
asstartedanothercampaignforanotherU-turn.TheBritishpublicisan
grythatpoliticiansvotedagainstgivingthefoodvouchers.Manychildre
nwillnotgetapropermealduringtheholidays.PrimeMinisterBorisJohns
onsaidhewouldnotU-turn.Hesaidhe"totallyunderstands"theissueo
fhunger.ManypeopleonsocialmediasaidMrJohnsondoesnotundersta
ndbecausehecomesfromarichfamilyandhasalwayshadmoney.Peopl
eareangryCOVID-19consultantsintheUKarepaidover$8,000aday,b
utchildrencannotgeta$20lunchvoucher.ManystoresacrosstheUKare
banningpoliticiansfromtheirbusinesses.

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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