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  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (SEPTEMBER)

    SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (SEPTEMBER)

    We're back to school and September promises to be a fun and educational month! Firstly it's 'Organic September', which we do so well in Brighton. 'The Sky's The Limit' with International Literacy Day, Heritage Open Day is access-all-areas and don't forget to celebrate all your assisting teaching personnel on National Teaching Assistants Day! What would we do without you!

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

     Organic September September Month National Organic Fortnight has now become Organic September. It’s a time to promote organic for a more conscious lifestyle, discover and share news about the best organic products available. To get involved with events around the UK, you can sign up to the Soil Association’s weekly Organic September newsletter. Find out about competitions, offers, promotions and events. Don’t forget to use the Facebook tag on social media posts when sharing your organic experiences! Related tags on social media: #OrganicSeptember  soilassociation.org
     Paralympic Games Rio 2016  7th -18th Sept The Paralympic Games will be taking place in Rio this year.  It’s an international sporting event that involves incredible athletes with a wide range of physical disabilities such as; impaired vision, missing limbs, muscular dystrophy, paraplegia, short stature, etc. The original seed for the idea began to grow around 1948 thanks to a small group of WWII veterans. It became an official event in 1988 with the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea and is run by the official International Paralympic Committee (IPC).  It’s a great time to inspire children with special needs that anything is possible and no dream is too big! Related tags on social media: #Rio2016 or #Paralympics paralympic.org/rio-2016 
      International Literacy Day  8th Sept This day was created by the United Nations with the aim “to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.”. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) established this day in 1965. We continue to celebrate the billions of literate people around the world, and the continued improvement of literacy rates in every country. The World Literacy Foundation’s 2016 campaign ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ is a fun opportunity to participate and promote literacy within your school and local community. Sign up before the 7th of September to join the campaign. Related tags on social media: #IDL literacytrust.org.uk or wolodliteracyfoundation.org 
    Heritage Open Days 8th – 11th Sept Explore the UK’s incredible historic architecture and uncover the mysteries of history. During this special time (established in 1994) 4000 buildings which are normally closed or charge entry fees will be FREE to view on Heritage Open Days! Great time to plans a class history trip. Related tags on social media: #heritageopenday #HODs #treasureyourtreasures heritageopendays.org.uk 
    Roald Dahl Day 13th Sept Roald Dahl is one of the UK’s most loved children’s storytellers and authors. He is responsible for classics such as ‘TheBFG’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘House of Twits’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and so many more. Enjoy exploring and sharing the tales on this special day, you will find more inspiration on the Roald Dahl website. Related tags on social media: #RoaldDahl or #TheBFG roalddahl.com 
    National Teaching Assistants Day 16th Sept This is a special day to celebrate and recognise the contribution made by teaching assistant personnel, support schools and children throughout the UK. Start nominating your teaching assistant of the year via the National Teaching Assistants Day website. Look out for special offers and activities on the website too. Related tags on social media: #NationalTADay nationalteachingassistantsday.co.uk 
    Mexican Independence Day (“Grito de Dolores”)  16th Sept Viva Mexico! On this day Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain. It’s celebrated with picnics, fireworks, fiestas and parades. Father Miguel Huildago of Dolores, rang the church bells in 1810 (11pm) to rally and begin the revolt to free their country from Spanish rule. Now it is tradition on the eve of the 15th of September to ring the bells as Miguel did so long ago following the day celebrations on the 16th. Related tags on social media: #MexicanIndependenceDay , #CincoDeMayo
    British Food Fortnight 17th Sept – 2nd Oct Since 2002 we celebrate British seasonal foods, wholesome British foods that are also economical. Find new recipes, events to share yummy inspirations, seasonal recipes to make in class incorporating British Values.  It’s a time to share your home-grown produce and all that is possible to grow and enjoy on our lovely green island. Have you got healthy ideas you’d like to share? Get involved and raise health awareness by visiting the Love British Food website. Related tags on social media: #lovebritishfood, #buybritish, #lovebritish LoveBritishFood.co.uk 
    Great British Beach Clean 18th – 21st Sept In these increasing environmentally conscious times, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) wants us to remember the importance of taking care of our beautiful and bio diverse coastlines. All the data collected from people’s findings helps us to gain a greater picture of our behaviour with regards to littering and the impact this has on sea life in the Big Weekend survey. It will be the 23rd year running, what will we discover this year? Last year 64% of rubbish was made up of some of these top four items: plastic sweet rappers, bottle lids, rope and plastic pieces. There are an increasing amount of videos being released on social media and You Tube with sea life being rescued from plastic waste ending up in the ocean. This is a great topic and activity to get the whole class involved in. Related tags on social media: #beachclean, #GreatBritishBeachClean mcsuk.org  or  beachclean.net 
    International Talk Like A Pirate Day 19th Sept A great excuse globally celebrating all things pirate oooh arrr & yo ho! Forget your woes and get into the spirit of your favourite pirate character. You can visit the Talk Like A Pirate website for ideas on the pirate lingo. Have a look at our pirate themed arts and crafts.  Related tags on social media: #TalkLikeAPirateDay talklikeapirate.com 
    International Day of Peace  21st Sept As the great former Beatles singer John Lennon said in his song, ‘Imagine’; imagine a day of peace and ceasefire across the world. The United Nations has worked every year since 1981 to encourage on this day ceasefire and the promotion of peace talks among nations for a brighter future. Related tags on social media: #InternationalPeaceDay , #PeaceDay, #DayofPeace internationaldayofpeace.org
    Autumnal Equinox 22nd Sept Today Autumn has officially begun. In pagan tradition this is when they celebrate the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth. By this time there is equally 12 hours of daylight and darkness at the equator. From here on the hours of daylight begin to decrease until we reach the Winter Solstice and the shortest day around the 20th of December. Related tags on social media: #autumnequinox, #autumnterm
    European Day of Languages  26th Sept Are there many languages spoken in your learning setting? This day is a great initiative to learn new languages and to share the colourful range to languages spoken in the world. This day was initiated by the Council of Europe in 2001 and has been growing in popularity across Europe. There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world, it’s nice to know the basics to as many as you can whilst travelling and meeting new people! You could sing a multilingual song in your learning setting for the occasion. On You Tube there are lots of nice songs have a look here. Related tags on social media: #EuropeanDayofLanguages

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (AUGUST)

    SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (AUGUST)

    August is here and school is well and truly out! Let the long summer of play commence. Enjoy a month of National Bank holidays, fascinating native bats, valued friends in our lives, the unique qualities of lefthanders and more.

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

     Summer Bank Holiday  1st Aug Also known as Lughnasadh, the Gaelic festival for the beginning of the harvest, today is a national day off work in Scotland to enjoy the season with family and friends.
     UK Play Day 3rd Aug It all began in 1986 when many play centres and adventure playgrounds nationally were being threatened with cuts. Thanks to Kim Holdaway, Mick Conway and Paul Bonel a day celebrating playful activities, play areas and the importance of play was established, it was a great success. In 2016 we face similar cuts to play areas so it is important to keep supporting this day and ensure that we never lose our local play centres and playgrounds. Today is a great day to plan a day out celebrating the importance of play.  Visit PlayDay.org for ideas and more info on how to get involved with the day’s events.  www.playday.org.uk
     World Friendship Day  7th Aug Established in 1935 by US congress, this is a day to express love and gratitude for all friends in our lives and across the world. In 1997, the United Nation even named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. www.friendshipday.org
     National Allotment Week 8th-14th Aug Time to celebrate our beautiful garden of England. We celebrate our own grown veggies, fruits, flowers and raise awareness of all the allotments that are readily available to us in our local areas across the UK. The National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners and National Allotments Garden Trust will be teaming up with local authorities to spread awareness. There are many benefits to having allotments; good for your health spending time working in nature, growing your own fruit and veg is a fresh and delicious experience unlike anything you buy, extra flowers grown help our bees and other mini beasts, it’s a continual learning experience, you can grow organic and chemical free and so much more. www.nsalg.org.uk//national-allotments-week
    International Youth Day 12th Aug  Led by the United Nations and initiated in 1998, on this day we celebrate the contribution young minds and lives have had on our society. Young people have led the way with new innovative ideas and technologies such as; social global network communications (i.e. Facebook), mobile phones, new methods and innovating engineering in attempts to take better care of the environment for generations to come, and so much more. You can check the UN website for news, events to get involved with and links. You can also email youth@un.org  about any events and news you wish to share. It’s a great opportunity to showcase new ideas by young inventors and entrepreneurs. www.un.org 
      International Lefthanders Day 13th Aug  Have you got lefthanded learners in your learning setting?  There are studies that claim lefthanded people are prone to having more creativity and imagination but struggle in a school environment. It is worth researching and sharing awareness of left handedness, as for some it is seen as a disability with so much of the majority of the world being right-handers.  With the right support a left handed child can excel in its learning setting. Here’s a handy article on tips of how best to support a child who is left handed: http://bit.ly/29IJgXs .  Build your lefthanded child’s confidence with examples of successful public figures such as; Paul McCartney, Prince William, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, President Barack Obama, to name a few. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin. A New York university conducted tests and found that more left-handed people then right-handed had an IQ of over 140, out of those who did have such a high IQ.
     Tish B’Av 14th Aug In Judaism this is a feast day commemorating the anniversary of five major misfortunes in Jewish history, such as the destruction of the second and first temples in Jerusalem. www.jewfaq.org
    Assumption of Mary  15th Aug This is a special Christian day remembering and commemorating the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is considered a holy day of obligation where Catholics are required to attend Mass.
    27th -28th Aug – International Bat Night - Its Bat night! From Sweden to Belgium to the UK, They are vampires but only drink insect blood, you also get fruit bats. Conservation agencies may be running bat walks, exhibitions or a chance to listen to bat sounds using  ultrasound technology. Find out who’s getting involved in your country on International Bat Night via the EuroBats.org website.  www.eurobats.org/international_bat_night  or  www.bats.org.uk
     Summer Bank Holiday  29th Aug  A day off work for all UK families and friends to enjoy together.

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (JULY)

    SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (JULY)

    July is a great month to incorporate water creature life cycles due to featured special events such as National Fishing month and National Marine week. 

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

    International Reggae Day

    1st July Since the 1960s, reggae music and artists have touched most people’s lives globally, especially since the iconic Bob Marley who had timeless hits such as “No Woman No Cry”, “One Love” and “Three Little Birds”.  Reggae music sprouted from R&B and Ska music and now it  falls under the three styles; roots reggae, skinhead reggae and ‘Dub’. This timeless music also represents the values and message of the Rastafarian movement of peace and relaxation. Have a look at the International Reggae Day website for a fascinating video where founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell talks about the special day and the history of reggae. www.iReggaeDay.com

    Laylat al-Qadr Day (Night of Destiny)

     2nd July Muslim holiday: Also known as the ‘Night of Power ’ or ‘The Night of Destiny’ honours the night when Allah (God) revealed the Qur’an to prophet Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

    Eid-al-Fitr

     7th July Muslim holiday: Eid-al-Fitr represents the “festival of the breaking of the fast” marking the end of ‘Ramadan’ (an important Islamic religious holy month of fasting and praying to Allah). It is a time of giving, the are many great organisations in the UK such as www.Islamic-Relief.org.uk raising funds and spreading the values and good intentions of UK Muslims to the world. Islam-Relief.org.uk

    National Disability Awareness Day

    10th July National Disability celebrates and focuses on what people can do rather than what they cannot do. We spread and change our national view of people labelled as disabled and promote new ideas and ways in which we can change, work together and create a culture that promotes and supports independence. It’s a day where one can showcase what people of different abilities CAN do in the field of sports arts, entertainment and much more. There is an annual exhibition held at Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington. The event is completely voluntary-led and 'not for profit'. DisabilityAwarenessDay.org.uk

    International World Population Day (DAD)

    11th July We were 2.5 billion people globally in 1950, now we are 7 billion! Another special day promoted by the United Nations to spread awareness of our current world population. We look into details of the impact also on health access, urbanisation, sustainability and youth empowerment. www.un.org 

    Emmeline Pankhurst Day

      14th July Mrs Pankhurst was an important woman in the 20th century for British women, leading the women’s suffrage movement. She is known for being a political activist and for being hugely instrumental in helping women to get the vote. “In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave voting rights to women over 30. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men (at 21).” www.BBC.co.uk

    National Cherry Day

     16th July National cherry day, well, why not? Did you know cherries came from Persia to first introduced in Britain by the Romans? Cherries are an important part of our five-a-day, super cherries help us sleep, relieve pain and age well. We used to have many cherry orchards but now we import over 95% of cherries sold in the UK. Take the opportunity today to support and spread awareness of the need to maintain our traditional orchards! Great time to plant a cherry tree with children and teach them to nurture this great land we live on. www.EnglishCherry.co.uk

    Battle of the Boyne

    12th July This is a Northern Irish bank holiday. It was in 1690, and was the last time two crowned kings (William of Orange and James II) of Scotland, Ireland and England fought each other on the battle field. William of Orange’s win secured Ireland’s Protestant ascendancy for generations to come. This day still is of great importance to all Northern Irish citizens. www.BBC.co.uk/History
    National Fishing Month 22nd July – 29th August Learn to fish with professionals! Fishery organisers, owners and angling coaches give up some of their time to support National Fishing Month. There are many FREE angling events taking place across the country.  Visit National Fishing Month website to find out what’s happening in your area. www.NationalFishingMonth.com 
    National Marine Week 23rd July – 7th August The Wildlife Trust promotes a day of awareness and appreciation of our marine life. It’s a great chance to book a trip or to a marine themed lesson plan investigating more about  marine life; seals, puffins, basking sharks, dolphins, jelly fish and so much more. There’s nothing like a good marine treasure hunt to get everyone exploring and making independent discoveries. More info and ideas can be found on the Wildlife Trust website. www.WildLifeTrusts.org
    National Parks Week 25th- 31st July Book a trip to a National Park! National Parks are areas of natural beauty in the UK which are protected due to their fascinating wild life, cultural importance and cultural heritage. Today we appreciate, celebrate and spread awareness of the best ways to support and protect our beautiful National Parks. www.NationalParks.gov.uk
    International Day of Friendship 30th July The United Nations declared this date as a day for celebrating friendship globally (Many countries before where celebrating on different days).  On this day all countries focus on promoting friendship among people, countries and cultures. It is also a time to celebrate diversity, respect, encourage peace, and build bridges among people. The UN supports goals and objectives of the 'Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace' and the ' International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)'. www.un.org

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (JUNE)

    SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (JUNE)

    June is a super conscientious month! Raising awareness of the wonders of nature, recycling, health & fitness, the environment, the summer solstice, family and remembrance of the end of WWII.

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

    Butterfly Education & Awareness Day

     4th June Today we get ourselves into a flutter! Observe the fascinating life of a butterfly. Did you know that the larger the butterfly is the longer its life span? The average life span is one precious month! Some garden butterflies may live only one week! Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks and some tropical Heliconians have a 9 month average life span. Perhaps a day out with the children photographing the butterflies is in order! You may wish to visit the Butterfly Conservation website to help identify your findings. butterfly-conservation.org/52/first-butterfly-sightings-2016.html   or  visit  www.forbutterflies.org

    World Environment Day 

     5th June The UN has been hosting World Environment Day every year since 1972, encouraging people to be more mindful and kind to our environment and realise that we are all responsible for the changes that need to be made. Climate Change has become a reality with global warming causing sea levels to rise. You can take a ‘call to action’ and arrange a community clean up. Be an example to our future younger generations and inspire responsible clean action. www.unep.org

    D Day (WWII)

     6th June The 'D' in D-Day is a military term used to refer to a date and doesn't stand for anything but we now remember it as the special day we begun our winning invasion against Nazi Germany and its leader Adolf Hitler. The Nazis had taken over nearly the whole of Europe. In 1944, 6.30pm on the 6th of June our troops and allied troops invaded the Normandy coastline in Northern France. www.britishlegion.org.uk 

    Child Safety Week

     6th-12th June Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust this week is aimed at anyone working with children to help creative positive awareness and solutions to helping children live happy, healthy, safe and active lives without being wrapped in cotton wool.  Accidental injury is one of the biggest killers of children in the UK. It’s a time not for paranoia but rather of gaining greater understanding for real risks and gain skills in how to deal with them  in our every day learning setting.  www.capt.org.uk 

    Ramadan

    7th June  Today marks the beginning of the Muslim holy fasting period of Ramadan. It falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It’s a period of prayer, self accountability, fasting and charity-giving. It is when the first verses of the Koran (Qu’ran) were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, a very special holy time for all Muslims in the UK.

    Bike to School & Work Week 

      11-19th June There are many bike events happening throughout the UK this week (i.e. Tour de Wolds) all in aid of promoting cycling road awareness, health benefits and environmental impact.  bikeweek.org.uk  &  www.bikehub.co.uk/news/sustainability/theme-for-bike-week-2016-will-be-cycling-to-work/

    National Recycling Week

     13th – 19th June Held since 2004, National Recycling Week is a time to encourage all generations to recycle more and to promote innovative recycling solutions. Have you got any budding young green inventors in your learning setting? Inspire children and young people with stories of young inventor Boyan Slat  (www.theoceancleanup.com) who as a child  began pursuing his dream of cleaning up the ocean, now age 19 his dream has become a reality! He is founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup responsible for the inventing technologies to tackle global issues in sustainability starting with the ocean. Companies like Recycle Now and Keep Britain Tidy are some of the organisations that get involved in campaigning during this week of awareness. Visit  Recycle Now for more info on recycling.  www.recyclenow.com

    Bug Busting Day

     15th June It’s that time of the year again to be aware of head lice. In the UK we spread awareness nationally 3 times annually; also on 31st January and 31st of October. Bug Busting days (supported by the NHS) are in place to zap head lice and stop them from endlessly circulating throughout the rest of the year. Find out more on the National Bug Busting Day website or ring the Bug Buster Help Line on 01908561928. www.chc.org
     Father’s Day 19th June  This is a day to honour all fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws and all father figures in our lives.  
     Summer Solstice 20th June  Also known as ‘Midsummer’ it’s the longest day of the year. On this day the sun will not set at the North Pole! It may vary between June 20th and June 22 around the rest of the world depending on your time zone. Solstice comes from the Latin meaning ‘sun-stopping’ referring to the horizon point which the sun rises and sets. On the solstice the sun doesn’t rise precisely in the East but in the North East and sets in the North West, making it visible for a longer period of time.
    National School Sports Week 20th – 24th June  On your marks, get set, go! Organised by the Youth Sport Trust, we spread awareness throughout schools in the UK of the importance of sports to children with the running of extra sports days and events. In 2015 over a million children took part in events in the whole country. It’s a great time for young people to discover new sports and have go! www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week

    National Insect Week

     20th – 26th June This is an opportune week for focusing awareness in your learning settings on mini beasts! We remind ourselves this week of the importance of the role of insects in our environment and everyday lives. You can incorporate it into literacy, science arts and design and sessions of life cycles. Have a look at the National Insect Week website for events happening near you. www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk
     National Women in Engineering Day (NWED)  23rd June  Time to promote gender equality in engineering across the country throughout our schools and organisations  with engineering related activities.  There is a shortage of women in engineering in the UK of less than 10%!  Visit the NWED website for inspiration.  www.nwed.org.uk
     St John’s Day (Midsummer Day) 24th June  St John the Baptist Day is celebrated by Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics. John the Evangelist is said to be one of Jesus’ twelve apostles.
     Wrong Trousers Day  26th June   

    This is a chance to celebrate our British animator Nick Park’s creation of world loved characters, Wallace and Gromit..  Wear the wrong trousers and raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation throughout the UK.

    wallaceandgromitcharity.org
     #GoGadgetFree National Unplugging Day 28th June  We are living in a high speed digital age so it is important we all learn to know when it is time to unplug and balance our on-line and off-line computer time. Time for family and time for outdoor play!  According to MyFamilyClub.co.uk parents check their phones up to 240 times per day (6000 UK parent survey). Instead of spending time on computer games, mobiles,  ipads, etc, how will you #GoGadgetFree  and spend the day together?  Visit the National Unplugging Day website. www.nationalunpluggingday.co.uk

  • Allergy Awareness Week 25th April – 1st May

    Allergy Awareness Week 25th April – 1st May

    With 50% of children suffering from allergies, it is crucial to become more familiar with allergic conditions, deal with sudden reactions in all fields dealing with child care. Avoiding ingredients in school lesson planning for instance will reduce scenarios where any child may feel excluded. Ideally you want to provide an environment where allergy sufferers can thrive and participate in as many activities as possible.

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (SEPTEMBER)

    We're back to school and September promises to be a fun and educational month! Firstly it's 'Organic September', which we do so well in Brighton. 'The Sky's The Limit' with International Literacy Day, Heritage Open Day is access-all-areas and don't forget to celebrate all your assisting teaching personnel on National Teaching Assistants Day! What would we do without you!

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

     Organic September September Month National Organic Fortnight has now become Organic September. It’s a time to promote organic for a more conscious lifestyle, discover and share news about the best organic products available. To get involved with events around the UK, you can sign up to the Soil Association’s weekly Organic September newsletter. Find out about competitions, offers, promotions and events. Don’t forget to use the Facebook tag on social media posts when sharing your organic experiences! Related tags on social media: #OrganicSeptember  soilassociation.org
     Paralympic Games Rio 2016  7th -18th Sept The Paralympic Games will be taking place in Rio this year.  It’s an international sporting event that involves incredible athletes with a wide range of physical disabilities such as; impaired vision, missing limbs, muscular dystrophy, paraplegia, short stature, etc. The original seed for the idea began to grow around 1948 thanks to a small group of WWII veterans. It became an official event in 1988 with the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea and is run by the official International Paralympic Committee (IPC).  It’s a great time to inspire children with special needs that anything is possible and no dream is too big! Related tags on social media: #Rio2016 or #Paralympics paralympic.org/rio-2016 
      International Literacy Day  8th Sept This day was created by the United Nations with the aim “to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.”. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) established this day in 1965. We continue to celebrate the billions of literate people around the world, and the continued improvement of literacy rates in every country. The World Literacy Foundation’s 2016 campaign ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ is a fun opportunity to participate and promote literacy within your school and local community. Sign up before the 7th of September to join the campaign. Related tags on social media: #IDL literacytrust.org.uk or wolodliteracyfoundation.org 
    Heritage Open Days 8th – 11th Sept Explore the UK’s incredible historic architecture and uncover the mysteries of history. During this special time (established in 1994) 4000 buildings which are normally closed or charge entry fees will be FREE to view on Heritage Open Days! Great time to plans a class history trip. Related tags on social media: #heritageopenday #HODs #treasureyourtreasures heritageopendays.org.uk 
    Roald Dahl Day 13th Sept Roald Dahl is one of the UK’s most loved children’s storytellers and authors. He is responsible for classics such as ‘TheBFG’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘House of Twits’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and so many more. Enjoy exploring and sharing the tales on this special day, you will find more inspiration on the Roald Dahl website. Related tags on social media: #RoaldDahl or #TheBFG roalddahl.com 
    National Teaching Assistants Day 16th Sept This is a special day to celebrate and recognise the contribution made by teaching assistant personnel, support schools and children throughout the UK. Start nominating your teaching assistant of the year via the National Teaching Assistants Day website. Look out for special offers and activities on the website too. Related tags on social media: #NationalTADay nationalteachingassistantsday.co.uk 
    Mexican Independence Day (“Grito de Dolores”)  16th Sept Viva Mexico! On this day Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain. It’s celebrated with picnics, fireworks, fiestas and parades. Father Miguel Huildago of Dolores, rang the church bells in 1810 (11pm) to rally and begin the revolt to free their country from Spanish rule. Now it is tradition on the eve of the 15th of September to ring the bells as Miguel did so long ago following the day celebrations on the 16th. Related tags on social media: #MexicanIndependenceDay , #CincoDeMayo
    British Food Fortnight 17th Sept – 2nd Oct Since 2002 we celebrate British seasonal foods, wholesome British foods that are also economical. Find new recipes, events to share yummy inspirations, seasonal recipes to make in class incorporating British Values.  It’s a time to share your home-grown produce and all that is possible to grow and enjoy on our lovely green island. Have you got healthy ideas you’d like to share? Get involved and raise health awareness by visiting the Love British Food website. Related tags on social media: #lovebritishfood, #buybritish, #lovebritish LoveBritishFood.co.uk 
    Great British Beach Clean 18th – 21st Sept In these increasing environmentally conscious times, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) wants us to remember the importance of taking care of our beautiful and bio diverse coastlines. All the data collected from people’s findings helps us to gain a greater picture of our behaviour with regards to littering and the impact this has on sea life in the Big Weekend survey. It will be the 23rd year running, what will we discover this year? Last year 64% of rubbish was made up of some of these top four items: plastic sweet rappers, bottle lids, rope and plastic pieces. There are an increasing amount of videos being released on social media and You Tube with sea life being rescued from plastic waste ending up in the ocean. This is a great topic and activity to get the whole class involved in. Related tags on social media: #beachclean, #GreatBritishBeachClean mcsuk.org  or  beachclean.net 
    International Talk Like A Pirate Day 19th Sept A great excuse globally celebrating all things pirate oooh arrr & yo ho! Forget your woes and get into the spirit of your favourite pirate character. You can visit the Talk Like A Pirate website for ideas on the pirate lingo. Have a look at our pirate themed arts and crafts.  Related tags on social media: #TalkLikeAPirateDay talklikeapirate.com 
    International Day of Peace  21st Sept As the great former Beatles singer John Lennon said in his song, ‘Imagine’; imagine a day of peace and ceasefire across the world. The United Nations has worked every year since 1981 to encourage on this day ceasefire and the promotion of peace talks among nations for a brighter future. Related tags on social media: #InternationalPeaceDay , #PeaceDay, #DayofPeace internationaldayofpeace.org
    Autumnal Equinox 22nd Sept Today Autumn has officially begun. In pagan tradition this is when they celebrate the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth. By this time there is equally 12 hours of daylight and darkness at the equator. From here on the hours of daylight begin to decrease until we reach the Winter Solstice and the shortest day around the 20th of December. Related tags on social media: #autumnequinox, #autumnterm
    European Day of Languages  26th Sept Are there many languages spoken in your learning setting? This day is a great initiative to learn new languages and to share the colourful range to languages spoken in the world. This day was initiated by the Council of Europe in 2001 and has been growing in popularity across Europe. There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world, it’s nice to know the basics to as many as you can whilst travelling and meeting new people! You could sing a multilingual song in your learning setting for the occasion. On You Tube there are lots of nice songs have a look here. Related tags on social media: #EuropeanDayofLanguages

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (AUGUST)

    August is here and school is well and truly out! Let the long summer of play commence. Enjoy a month of National Bank holidays, fascinating native bats, valued friends in our lives, the unique qualities of lefthanders and more.

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

     Summer Bank Holiday  1st Aug Also known as Lughnasadh, the Gaelic festival for the beginning of the harvest, today is a national day off work in Scotland to enjoy the season with family and friends.
     UK Play Day 3rd Aug It all began in 1986 when many play centres and adventure playgrounds nationally were being threatened with cuts. Thanks to Kim Holdaway, Mick Conway and Paul Bonel a day celebrating playful activities, play areas and the importance of play was established, it was a great success. In 2016 we face similar cuts to play areas so it is important to keep supporting this day and ensure that we never lose our local play centres and playgrounds. Today is a great day to plan a day out celebrating the importance of play.  Visit PlayDay.org for ideas and more info on how to get involved with the day’s events.  www.playday.org.uk
     World Friendship Day  7th Aug Established in 1935 by US congress, this is a day to express love and gratitude for all friends in our lives and across the world. In 1997, the United Nation even named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. www.friendshipday.org
     National Allotment Week 8th-14th Aug Time to celebrate our beautiful garden of England. We celebrate our own grown veggies, fruits, flowers and raise awareness of all the allotments that are readily available to us in our local areas across the UK. The National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners and National Allotments Garden Trust will be teaming up with local authorities to spread awareness. There are many benefits to having allotments; good for your health spending time working in nature, growing your own fruit and veg is a fresh and delicious experience unlike anything you buy, extra flowers grown help our bees and other mini beasts, it’s a continual learning experience, you can grow organic and chemical free and so much more. www.nsalg.org.uk//national-allotments-week
    International Youth Day 12th Aug  Led by the United Nations and initiated in 1998, on this day we celebrate the contribution young minds and lives have had on our society. Young people have led the way with new innovative ideas and technologies such as; social global network communications (i.e. Facebook), mobile phones, new methods and innovating engineering in attempts to take better care of the environment for generations to come, and so much more. You can check the UN website for news, events to get involved with and links. You can also email youth@un.org  about any events and news you wish to share. It’s a great opportunity to showcase new ideas by young inventors and entrepreneurs. www.un.org 
      International Lefthanders Day 13th Aug  Have you got lefthanded learners in your learning setting?  There are studies that claim lefthanded people are prone to having more creativity and imagination but struggle in a school environment. It is worth researching and sharing awareness of left handedness, as for some it is seen as a disability with so much of the majority of the world being right-handers.  With the right support a left handed child can excel in its learning setting. Here’s a handy article on tips of how best to support a child who is left handed: http://bit.ly/29IJgXs .  Build your lefthanded child’s confidence with examples of successful public figures such as; Paul McCartney, Prince William, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, President Barack Obama, to name a few. Famous left-handed intellectuals include Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin. A New York university conducted tests and found that more left-handed people then right-handed had an IQ of over 140, out of those who did have such a high IQ.
     Tish B’Av 14th Aug In Judaism this is a feast day commemorating the anniversary of five major misfortunes in Jewish history, such as the destruction of the second and first temples in Jerusalem. www.jewfaq.org
    Assumption of Mary  15th Aug This is a special Christian day remembering and commemorating the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is considered a holy day of obligation where Catholics are required to attend Mass.
    27th -28th Aug – International Bat Night - Its Bat night! From Sweden to Belgium to the UK, They are vampires but only drink insect blood, you also get fruit bats. Conservation agencies may be running bat walks, exhibitions or a chance to listen to bat sounds using  ultrasound technology. Find out who’s getting involved in your country on International Bat Night via the EuroBats.org website.  www.eurobats.org/international_bat_night  or  www.bats.org.uk
     Summer Bank Holiday  29th Aug  A day off work for all UK families and friends to enjoy together.

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (JULY)

    July is a great month to incorporate water creature life cycles due to featured special events such as National Fishing month and National Marine week. 

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

    International Reggae Day

    1st July Since the 1960s, reggae music and artists have touched most people’s lives globally, especially since the iconic Bob Marley who had timeless hits such as “No Woman No Cry”, “One Love” and “Three Little Birds”.  Reggae music sprouted from R&B and Ska music and now it  falls under the three styles; roots reggae, skinhead reggae and ‘Dub’. This timeless music also represents the values and message of the Rastafarian movement of peace and relaxation. Have a look at the International Reggae Day website for a fascinating video where founder of Island Records Chris Blackwell talks about the special day and the history of reggae. www.iReggaeDay.com

    Laylat al-Qadr Day (Night of Destiny)

     2nd July Muslim holiday: Also known as the ‘Night of Power ’ or ‘The Night of Destiny’ honours the night when Allah (God) revealed the Qur’an to prophet Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

    Eid-al-Fitr

     7th July Muslim holiday: Eid-al-Fitr represents the “festival of the breaking of the fast” marking the end of ‘Ramadan’ (an important Islamic religious holy month of fasting and praying to Allah). It is a time of giving, the are many great organisations in the UK such as www.Islamic-Relief.org.uk raising funds and spreading the values and good intentions of UK Muslims to the world. Islam-Relief.org.uk

    National Disability Awareness Day

    10th July National Disability celebrates and focuses on what people can do rather than what they cannot do. We spread and change our national view of people labelled as disabled and promote new ideas and ways in which we can change, work together and create a culture that promotes and supports independence. It’s a day where one can showcase what people of different abilities CAN do in the field of sports arts, entertainment and much more. There is an annual exhibition held at Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington. The event is completely voluntary-led and 'not for profit'. DisabilityAwarenessDay.org.uk

    International World Population Day (DAD)

    11th July We were 2.5 billion people globally in 1950, now we are 7 billion! Another special day promoted by the United Nations to spread awareness of our current world population. We look into details of the impact also on health access, urbanisation, sustainability and youth empowerment. www.un.org 

    Emmeline Pankhurst Day

      14th July Mrs Pankhurst was an important woman in the 20th century for British women, leading the women’s suffrage movement. She is known for being a political activist and for being hugely instrumental in helping women to get the vote. “In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave voting rights to women over 30. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men (at 21).” www.BBC.co.uk

    National Cherry Day

     16th July National cherry day, well, why not? Did you know cherries came from Persia to first introduced in Britain by the Romans? Cherries are an important part of our five-a-day, super cherries help us sleep, relieve pain and age well. We used to have many cherry orchards but now we import over 95% of cherries sold in the UK. Take the opportunity today to support and spread awareness of the need to maintain our traditional orchards! Great time to plant a cherry tree with children and teach them to nurture this great land we live on. www.EnglishCherry.co.uk

    Battle of the Boyne

    12th July This is a Northern Irish bank holiday. It was in 1690, and was the last time two crowned kings (William of Orange and James II) of Scotland, Ireland and England fought each other on the battle field. William of Orange’s win secured Ireland’s Protestant ascendancy for generations to come. This day still is of great importance to all Northern Irish citizens. www.BBC.co.uk/History
    National Fishing Month 22nd July – 29th August Learn to fish with professionals! Fishery organisers, owners and angling coaches give up some of their time to support National Fishing Month. There are many FREE angling events taking place across the country.  Visit National Fishing Month website to find out what’s happening in your area. www.NationalFishingMonth.com 
    National Marine Week 23rd July – 7th August The Wildlife Trust promotes a day of awareness and appreciation of our marine life. It’s a great chance to book a trip or to a marine themed lesson plan investigating more about  marine life; seals, puffins, basking sharks, dolphins, jelly fish and so much more. There’s nothing like a good marine treasure hunt to get everyone exploring and making independent discoveries. More info and ideas can be found on the Wildlife Trust website. www.WildLifeTrusts.org
    National Parks Week 25th- 31st July Book a trip to a National Park! National Parks are areas of natural beauty in the UK which are protected due to their fascinating wild life, cultural importance and cultural heritage. Today we appreciate, celebrate and spread awareness of the best ways to support and protect our beautiful National Parks. www.NationalParks.gov.uk
    International Day of Friendship 30th July The United Nations declared this date as a day for celebrating friendship globally (Many countries before where celebrating on different days).  On this day all countries focus on promoting friendship among people, countries and cultures. It is also a time to celebrate diversity, respect, encourage peace, and build bridges among people. The UN supports goals and objectives of the 'Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace' and the ' International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)'. www.un.org

  • SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR 2016 (JUNE)

    June is a super conscientious month! Raising awareness of the wonders of nature, recycling, health & fitness, the environment, the summer solstice, family and remembrance of the end of WWII.

    We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!

    Have a look at the fun things you can look forward to -  help children in understanding the world more by celebrating each special day at a time:

    Butterfly Education & Awareness Day

     4th June Today we get ourselves into a flutter! Observe the fascinating life of a butterfly. Did you know that the larger the butterfly is the longer its life span? The average life span is one precious month! Some garden butterflies may live only one week! Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks and some tropical Heliconians have a 9 month average life span. Perhaps a day out with the children photographing the butterflies is in order! You may wish to visit the Butterfly Conservation website to help identify your findings. butterfly-conservation.org/52/first-butterfly-sightings-2016.html   or  visit  www.forbutterflies.org

    World Environment Day 

     5th June The UN has been hosting World Environment Day every year since 1972, encouraging people to be more mindful and kind to our environment and realise that we are all responsible for the changes that need to be made. Climate Change has become a reality with global warming causing sea levels to rise. You can take a ‘call to action’ and arrange a community clean up. Be an example to our future younger generations and inspire responsible clean action. www.unep.org

    D Day (WWII)

     6th June The 'D' in D-Day is a military term used to refer to a date and doesn't stand for anything but we now remember it as the special day we begun our winning invasion against Nazi Germany and its leader Adolf Hitler. The Nazis had taken over nearly the whole of Europe. In 1944, 6.30pm on the 6th of June our troops and allied troops invaded the Normandy coastline in Northern France. www.britishlegion.org.uk 

    Child Safety Week

     6th-12th June Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust this week is aimed at anyone working with children to help creative positive awareness and solutions to helping children live happy, healthy, safe and active lives without being wrapped in cotton wool.  Accidental injury is one of the biggest killers of children in the UK. It’s a time not for paranoia but rather of gaining greater understanding for real risks and gain skills in how to deal with them  in our every day learning setting.  www.capt.org.uk 

    Ramadan

    7th June  Today marks the beginning of the Muslim holy fasting period of Ramadan. It falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It’s a period of prayer, self accountability, fasting and charity-giving. It is when the first verses of the Koran (Qu’ran) were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, a very special holy time for all Muslims in the UK.

    Bike to School & Work Week 

      11-19th June There are many bike events happening throughout the UK this week (i.e. Tour de Wolds) all in aid of promoting cycling road awareness, health benefits and environmental impact.  bikeweek.org.uk  &  www.bikehub.co.uk/news/sustainability/theme-for-bike-week-2016-will-be-cycling-to-work/

    National Recycling Week

     13th – 19th June Held since 2004, National Recycling Week is a time to encourage all generations to recycle more and to promote innovative recycling solutions. Have you got any budding young green inventors in your learning setting? Inspire children and young people with stories of young inventor Boyan Slat  (www.theoceancleanup.com) who as a child  began pursuing his dream of cleaning up the ocean, now age 19 his dream has become a reality! He is founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup responsible for the inventing technologies to tackle global issues in sustainability starting with the ocean. Companies like Recycle Now and Keep Britain Tidy are some of the organisations that get involved in campaigning during this week of awareness. Visit  Recycle Now for more info on recycling.  www.recyclenow.com

    Bug Busting Day

     15th June It’s that time of the year again to be aware of head lice. In the UK we spread awareness nationally 3 times annually; also on 31st January and 31st of October. Bug Busting days (supported by the NHS) are in place to zap head lice and stop them from endlessly circulating throughout the rest of the year. Find out more on the National Bug Busting Day website or ring the Bug Buster Help Line on 01908561928. www.chc.org
     Father’s Day 19th June  This is a day to honour all fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws and all father figures in our lives.  
     Summer Solstice 20th June  Also known as ‘Midsummer’ it’s the longest day of the year. On this day the sun will not set at the North Pole! It may vary between June 20th and June 22 around the rest of the world depending on your time zone. Solstice comes from the Latin meaning ‘sun-stopping’ referring to the horizon point which the sun rises and sets. On the solstice the sun doesn’t rise precisely in the East but in the North East and sets in the North West, making it visible for a longer period of time.
    National School Sports Week 20th – 24th June  On your marks, get set, go! Organised by the Youth Sport Trust, we spread awareness throughout schools in the UK of the importance of sports to children with the running of extra sports days and events. In 2015 over a million children took part in events in the whole country. It’s a great time for young people to discover new sports and have go! www.youthsporttrust.org/national-school-sport-week

    National Insect Week

     20th – 26th June This is an opportune week for focusing awareness in your learning settings on mini beasts! We remind ourselves this week of the importance of the role of insects in our environment and everyday lives. You can incorporate it into literacy, science arts and design and sessions of life cycles. Have a look at the National Insect Week website for events happening near you. www.nationalinsectweek.co.uk
     National Women in Engineering Day (NWED)  23rd June  Time to promote gender equality in engineering across the country throughout our schools and organisations  with engineering related activities.  There is a shortage of women in engineering in the UK of less than 10%!  Visit the NWED website for inspiration.  www.nwed.org.uk
     St John’s Day (Midsummer Day) 24th June  St John the Baptist Day is celebrated by Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics. John the Evangelist is said to be one of Jesus’ twelve apostles.
     Wrong Trousers Day  26th June   

    This is a chance to celebrate our British animator Nick Park’s creation of world loved characters, Wallace and Gromit..  Wear the wrong trousers and raise money for the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation throughout the UK.

    wallaceandgromitcharity.org
     #GoGadgetFree National Unplugging Day 28th June  We are living in a high speed digital age so it is important we all learn to know when it is time to unplug and balance our on-line and off-line computer time. Time for family and time for outdoor play!  According to MyFamilyClub.co.uk parents check their phones up to 240 times per day (6000 UK parent survey). Instead of spending time on computer games, mobiles,  ipads, etc, how will you #GoGadgetFree  and spend the day together?  Visit the National Unplugging Day website. www.nationalunpluggingday.co.uk

  • Allergy Awareness Week 25th April – 1st May

    With 50% of children suffering from allergies, it is crucial to become more familiar with allergic conditions, deal with sudden reactions in all fields dealing with child care. Avoiding ingredients in school lesson planning for instance will reduce scenarios where any child may feel excluded. Ideally you want to provide an environment where allergy sufferers can thrive and participate in as many activities as possible.

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