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1 World space week

Did you know it’s World Space Week from 4-10 Oc­to­ber? This year’s theme is ‘Ex­plor­ing New Worlds In Space’. The week is held an­nu­ally to cel­e­brate space sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, with lots of events tak­ing place across the world. Check out our space cover!

2 Get spotty!

Schools across the UK are be­ing en­cour­aged to join BBC Chil­dren In Need’s The Big Spotac­u­lar! The event helps to raise money for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and young peo­ple in the UK. You could have a spotty bake sale or wear spot­ted cloth­ing! Schools can find out more at bbc­chil­drenin­need.co.uk/schools.

3 Bath Fes­ti­val

Look out for First News at the Bath Chil­dren’s Lit­er­a­ture Fes­ti­val this week­end (7-8 Oct). Please do come and say hello! To find out more about the fes­ti­val and to book tick­ets, visit

bath­fes­ti­vals.org.uk/chil­drens-lit­er­a­ture. 4 dropped duo

Eng­land crick­eters Ben Stokes and Alex Hales “will not be con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion for Eng­land in­ter­na­tional matches un­til fur­ther no­tice,” says the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board. The team-mates were in­volved in a fight in Bristol, and Stokes was ar­rested. Po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

5 Black his­tory month

This month is Black His­tory Month in the UK – a time to cel­e­brate amaz­ing achieve­ments by black peo­ple. Through­out his­tory, con­tri­bu­tions by the black com­mu­nity weren’t al­ways cel­e­brated be­cause peo­ple were treated dif­fer­ently be­cause of their skin colour.

6 Hen­ley fest

First News will be at the Hen­ley Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val this week­end. There are loads of fun things hap­pen­ing! To get tick­ets and see what’s on, visit hen­leylit­er­aryfes­ti­val.co.uk.

7 Cat cri­sis

The RSPCA has taken nearly 12,000 cats into its care this sum­mer. Ev­ery year around this time, their cen­tres get very busy as a re­sult of un­planned kit­tens be­ing born, and un­wanted older an­i­mals be­ing given up. The RSPCA also re­ceived more than 11,000 com­plaints about aban­doned cats from May to the end of Au­gust.

8 poll re­sults

Amer­i­can foot­ballers re­fused to stand for the US na­tional an­them at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, in protest at po­lice bru­tal­ity and other so­cial is­sues. Last week, we asked what you thought. Should sports stars be al­lowed to kneel in protest dur­ing their na­tional an­them? 77% of you voted YES. Yes! “I say yes. It might mean they are ac­cused of dis­re­spect­ing the monar­chy/pres­i­dent/leader, but it is a free world full of free peo­ple who should have free rights,” says fox64 on First News Live! No! “I think they shouldn’t as they need to re­spect their own coun­try,” says Bon­nie from Green­fields pri­mary.

9 Rugby rules

Ex­perts are call­ing for scrums and tack­ling to be banned in school rugby. They say harm­ful con­tact should be avoided, to pre­vent chil­dren from get­ting in­juries that could af­fect them in later life.

10 toy sur­prise

A man who had a cough for 40 years has fi­nally dis­cov­ered what the prob­lem is, and you might be a lit­tle shocked! Doc­tors were wor­ried the man might be very ill, but when they did some more tests they found out the prob­lem was a toy traf­fic cone! The man thinks he must have swal­lowed the toy when he was seven years old.

11 Gi­ant rat

A new species of gi­ant rat has been dis­cov­ered on the Solomon Is­lands in the Pa­cific Ocean. The gi­ant is thought to be four times big­ger than nor­mal rats and feeds on nuts.

12 moun­tain climb­ing

A man has climbed all 446 moun­tains in Eng­land and Wales. James For­rest took 82 days to do it, set­ting a new record for the fastest time to com­plete the chal­lenge.

13 Fake news

First News has joined forces with the Na­tional Lit­er­acy Trust (NLT) for an in­quiry into fake news and how you are taught about it. You can get in­volved by tak­ing the sur­vey at www.lit­er­a­cytrust.org.uk/fakenews.

14 Twit­ter limit

Twit­ter is tri­alling a longer 280-char­ac­ter limit, to al­low users to “eas­ily ex­press them­selves.” The cur­rent limit is 140.

15 travel chaos

There’s been lots in the news about air­plane com­pa­nies in the last few weeks. Firstly, Ryanair an­nounced it was can­celling thou­sands of flights. Up to 50 flights a day will be can­celled through­out Oc­to­ber, which could af­fect peo­ple go­ing away over the half term. Then, Monarch Air­lines col­lapsed, leav­ing thou­sands of peo­ple stranded abroad. The Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (CAA) has had to step in to help bring pas­sen­gers home. Lots of peo­ple who have tick­ets booked will also miss out on their planned hol­i­days.

16 world book day

A se­lec­tion of sto­ries has al­ready been picked for next year’s World Book Day. Among those you’ll be able to pick up with your to­kens are The Girl Who Thought She Was a Dog by Clare Bald­ing, Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story by Nadiya Hus­sain, and Brain Freeze by Tom Fletcher.

17 Speak out!

UNICEF UK has launched its an­nual schools cam­paign, Out­Right. The cam­paign helps chil­dren and young peo­ple to speak out about chil­dren’s rights. This year, pupils will speak out in sup­port of refugee chil­dren. To find out more and sign your school up, go to unicef.uk/Outright2017.

18 Elec­tric cars

Sir James Dyson has an­nounced plans to build elec­tric cars. The in­ven­tor, who is best known for Dyson vac­uum clean­ers, says he hopes the cars will be on the roads by the year 2020.

19 Flat world

Amer­i­can rap­per B.o.B has started a GoFundMe cam­paign to help see if our planet is re­ally round! The rap­per, who be­lieves the Earth is ac­tu­ally flat, wants to raise money to prove his the­ory.

20 Dys­lexia week

It’s Dys­lexia Aware­ness Week from 2-8 Oc­to­ber. This year’s theme is Pos­i­tive About Dys­lexia.

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