Monthly Archives: September 2016
October is jam packed with educational, historical, yummy trick-or-treat events you must not forget! Of course there is Halloween end of the month but are you aware of The Big draw? Or Black History Month? Or World Space Day? Have a read below and start incorporating them into your learning setting themes and plans.
Feel free to visit our Bcreativetolearn Pinterest Boards for preschool activity inspirations in all learning areas for all possible events that come up throughout the year.
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:
The Big Draw October Month Introduced in 2000, The Big Draw is an arts education event promoting visual literacy and the universal language tool of drawing for expression, learning and invention. It is nowthe world’s biggest festival celebration of drawing! Visit The Big Draw website to see how you and the children can get involved. Related tags on social media: #drawingchangeslives #expressivearts @The_Big_Draw www.thebigdraw.org Black History Month October Month UK Black History Month is a very important time to revisit, value, celebrate and recognise individuals and events from our black human heritage. We remember greats such as Nelson Mandela who changed apartheid in South Africa. The world has come a long way in equality and diversity and there is still a way to go. Involve children in the rich history; ask them how they feel about what happened and the value of an enriched diverse society. The self is a good topic to incorporate with multi-skin tone paints or faces or foam shapes. (add web hyperlinks) Related tags on social media: #blackhistorymonthUK @blackhistoryuk #BlackHistory #BHMUK officialblackhistorymonthuk.co.uk International Walk to School Month October Month Originally a Canadian initiative, The Active & Safe Routes to School program has inspired a global month of walk to school. It’s a great time to encourage preschool/ school walks and outdoor adventures from your learning setting. Promote the key facts why walking or cycling anywhere is best for daily life. For older children there’s even an iSchoolTravel App which calculates calories lost, distance travelled and lots more interesting facts. Here is the UK link for the UK teacher resources: LivingStreets.org.uk. Related tags on social media: #walktoschoolmonth #WalkToSchool #WalkBecause @livingstreets saferoutestoschool.ca/info-teachers and saferoutestoschool.ca/international-walk-school-daymonth World Vegetarian Day 1st Oct Teach children the importance of vegetables and the choice they have to be a vegetarian. Get children to talk, taste, smell and enjoy the full range available to them in class games or in their outdoor education. We need to start living a more balanced diet as a species as there is increasing evidence that our global meat consumption is having a devastating impact on our health, climate and natural land resources. You could even do a vegetable or fruit of the day/week themed lessons! You may have children in class who are already vegetarian who could share their experience of life as a vegetarian (home-eating life, etc). Related tags on social media: #WorldVegetarianDay worldvegetarianday.org BackCare Awareness Week 3rd - 8th Oct A very important issue for early years and special needs educational practitioners. How often have you been careless or taken on too much in the classroom. There is lots of information on back pain prevention, might be good to raise awareness in your learning setting among management and staff. Visit the BackCare website for all the UK news & info. Posture People have been promoting a specially designed early years teacher chair to help with posture/ back care issues. You may want to pay them a visit too! Related tags on social media: #BackCareAwareness , @ backcare.org.uk World Space Week 4th - 10th Oct This year’s WSW theme is “Remote sensing: Enabling Our Future”. This is an inward focus, which celebrates Earth Observations from Space. It highlights many issues such as environment and agriculture monitoring. Visit the World Space Week website for posters and info on ways you can incorporate the event into your learning setting. You can find space themed products on BCreative site such as; the Solar System classroom border or space stencils (call to order). worldspaceweek.org World Teacher Day 5th Oct Established in 1994 by UNESCO, (the sector of the UN promoting science, peace and education) World Teacher Day raises awareness of the valuable work done by teachers and supports their important role. It is also a commemoration of the day the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers was signed in 1966. It is important to come together and support the future role and rights of teachers. The World Teacher’s Day website provides posters and further ideas for you. worldteachersday.org National Braille Week 5th - 11th Oct 200 years after Louis Braille’s (4 Jan 1809 – 6 Jan 1852, educator & inventor) invention, we celebrate the special form of reading and writing for the deaf, blind or visually impaired. He himself was blinded as a child, how wonderful that he grew to master his disability and help others too! Did you know that even some mobile phones are fitted with Braille coding? Yep! We’ve come a long way but not all countries can afford this level of investment yet in helping it’s deaf, blind and visually impaired access the global conversation. Look out for the Louis Braille stamps, ad did you know there is an asteroid called Braille? It’s a rare type of asteroid which lies between Mars and Jupiter in our solar system. Find out more about this event at the Royal Blind website. royalblind.org/national-braille-week World Habitat Day 5th Oct Incorporate this special day into your habitat lesson planning. Initiated by the UN and celebrated since 1986, World Habitat Day is about spreading awareness of the right for all people to have adequate shelter. It’s a big reminder of our collective responsibility. It’s also important to create awareness of the impact we all have on every life form’s habitat (as well as each other’s) through choices and habits. Have a look at Twinkl’s habitat themed downloadable resources: http://www.twinkl.co.uk/search. urbanoctober.org National Badger Day 6th Oct The UK’s Badger Trust launched this special day to raise awareness of UK badger protection issues and conservation. The UK has 8 breeds of badger. Download great Badger Day teacher resources here. Did you know they eat several hundred earthworms every night?! Badgers are currently protected the Protection of badgers Act 1992 and schedule 6 of the wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Badgers are also classified as a species of conservation concern by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Do you see badgers where you live? Click here for more fascinating facts the children will love. badger.org.uk World Smile Day 7th Oct The famous yellow world smiley face was created in 1963, it stands as a global sign of peace, good will and friendship. The smiley face knows no politics, religion or geography. Creator of the smiley face Harvey Ball created World Smile Day (1999) to ensure his creation didn’t just remain an over-commercialised symbol for corporate gain. "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile" – A valuable lesson to teach children. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa. Related tags on social media: #worldsmileday @WorldSmileDay worldsmileday.com National Poetry Day 6th Oct National Poetry Day a chance for all to share the fun in rhyming, discover poems and share them. Download teacher resources with nursery rhymes, songs and poems here to use in your celebrations today. Related social media tags: #nationalpoetryday @PoetryDayUK nationalpoetryday.co.uk King Harold Day 10th Oct Celebrated since 2004, King Harold was The Saxon King of England at the throne and during the Battle of Hastings in 1066. This year’s a special year at Waltham Abbey as it is the 950th anniversary of the Coronation of King Harold II, the battle of Hastings in 1066 and Kind Harold (the fighting) King’s death. Include this in the British Values topic planning for October. kingharoldday.co.uk Chocolate Week 10th - 16th Oct It’s a chocoholic’s dream week! Celebrate the day in your learning setting making tasty chocolate treats or reading the story of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. It might even be best to take children on a geography adventure, discovering the origins of the cacao bean! It is said that Christopher Columbus’ ambassadors, Hernan Cortes first received cocoa as a gift from the Aztec emperor in the South Americas. In 1527, when he brought the cocoa back to Spain it wasn’t shared with the rest of Europe until a century later! Cocoa arrived in the UK around 1650, but was at first only a drink for the richest of the rich in society. facebook.com/chocolateweek Global Handwashing Day 15th Oct The 2016 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Make Handwashing a Habit!”. Now is an early years learning setting this a topic which is part of the daily awareness, such as after using the toilet or before contact with food. Here is a handy Early Years teacher resource link for hygiene sessions. Click here. globalhandwashing.org World Food Day 16th Oct Today we take actions across the globe against hunger. Access to food and nutrition is a human right. Did you know that 60% of the hungry people in the world are women?! 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished which causes damage to their bodies and brains. Join the online awareness and share the love and care for food nutrition for all in your educational setting. Related social media tags: #FareMealDeal @FareShareUK fao.org Family Learning Festival 15th - 30th Oct A fun and informal event to find out just how smart your family gene pool is. A child’s family can have a massive positive impact on their learning. Find out lots of interesting facts and regarding child development. Lots of free downloads and activities on the events webpage. familylearningfestival.com UK Apple Day 21st Oct Younger generations an apple could be mistaken for a computer, ipad or ipod! We are talking about the fruit! An apple a day really does keep the doctor away, click here and find out why. The UK is renowned for its tasty ranges of apples, of which there are 12. Do you know why apples float? Apples float because they are 25% air. Apparently Ancient Greek men used to toss an apple to a girl as a sign of marriage proposal and catching it was a response of 'yes'! commonground.org.uk Trafalgar Day 21st Oct On Trafalgar Day we celebrate the British Battle of Trafalgar victory. Admiral Horatio Nelson led the British fleet against mixed French and Spanish fleets on the 21st October 1805. More information on the historical event on the History Channel link . historic-uk.com International Stammering Awareness Day 22nd Oct Any stammers’ in your learning setting? Researchers suggest that a combination of a neurological condition (wiring of the brain) and anatomical condition of the brain of those who stammer differs to most other people’s brains. Visit the Stammering website for more info. stammering.org End of British Summer Time (BST) 30th Oct Get those clocks set back an hour, yes it’s that time of the year! Halloween (All Hallows Evening) 31st Oct UK ‘All Hallows Evening’ is rooted in pagan festivals. It is believed that at this time of the year, spirits of dead people come alive and walk the earth amongst the living for one night. We celebrate with costumes and autumn festive treasures such as the pumpkin! Many fun recipes, chocolate and games to be played during this season. ‘Apple Bobbing’ or ‘apple ducking’ is just one of many fun seasonal games, bucket of water... apples... hands behind the back and catch all the apples with your teeth. First person to clear their bucket of apples is the winner. Have a look at our Autumn/Halloween Pinterest Board for lots of fun and educational art & craft activities for Early Years & KS1.