Monthly Archives: August 2016
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