School Events Calendar 2016 (June)
May 20, 2016
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
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
April 25, 2016
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 (May)
April 19, 2016
May is well and truly here, marking the start of Spring and the lead up to summer. This month we celebrate and remember the day World War II ended and the beginning of the industrial revolution. Women's roles were never the same again.
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April 6, 2016
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School Events Calendar 2016 (April)
March 15, 2016
What a month of inspired special events there are in April! So many opportunities to incorporate the prime areas of learning into every special event!
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