Monthly Archives: December 2016
Cocka-doodle-dooo! Not only is it now the brand New Year of 2017 but we also have the pleasure of celebrating this January month the new Chinese New Year of the Rooster!
There are some lovely themed days you can incorporate into your learning planning this winter term; the snowman, SOS day, ancient storytelling week, Winnie the Pooh, kid inventors, bird watch week, Martin Luther King day and so much more!
'Calendars are not just for Christmas' - have a look at our article for these card calendars on the right hand side image, great for a start of the year calendar making activity. Children in EYFS and primary age groups will enjoy creating their own images in the blank space. You could do a 'seasons' themed one in early years splitting the square into the 4 monthly seasons. Have a read here.
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:
New Year's Day 1st Jan 2017 It’s the beginning of a new year and a time for new year resolutions. You could make new years calendars using calendar tabs or order our A4 2017 calendar blanks in different colours for children to make their own take-home calendars for the new year ahead. This activity is great for early years and young primary age groups. Visit the BCreative article for ideas. Visit our New Years blank Calendar Activity for Early years and Primary learning settings! World Braille Day 4th Jan Braille is a system of reading and writing used by people who are fully blind or visually impaired. On this day all around the world people commemorate the birthday of Louis Braille who invented this system in 1824. He was born in France on the 4th of January 1809 and died on the 6th of January 1852. Blinded by an accident in both eyes in his early years, he mastered his disability and gave the gift of a new communication system to the world. His blindness didn’t deter him from excelling in his education; he excelled so much in his youth that he gained a scholarship to France’s Royal Institute for Blind Youth. A great role model for children – ‘Anything is possible’ and ‘there are no limits’, just new ideas to be dreamed. He’s a great example to use in education when it comes to ‘problem solving’ topics. royalblind.org Little Christmas
6th Jan The twelfth day of Christmas is here. Women were traditionally given this day to rest and take leave of their house hold duties. For Christians this is the day of the Epiphany, deriving from the Greek word 'epiphaneia', meaning ‘manifestation’. On this Christian feast day we celebrate the revelation of God and his son Jesus Christ having being born in human form. Makar Sankranti 14th Jan The Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti (Makar dering from the Capricorn zodiac sign) celebrates the celestial path and transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn). It is celebrated in India and Nepal. For Hindu’s this is tied into their winter solstice. Our winter solstice in the UK began on the scientific day 21st of Dec, the point at which the day light will begin to increase again in our part of the earth’s sphere. Martin Luther King Day 16th Jan Celebrate Baptist minister, activist and leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King. Born January 15th 1929 and died April 4th 1968, Mr King is one of the most memorable and iconic figures for black history topics. Let us not forget his most famous speech “I have dream...”. In 1964 he even received the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful combat of racial inequality and non violent resistance in the face of racial discord. thekingcenter.org Kid's Inventors Day
17th Jan Celebrate & encourage today’s child inventors to continue to inspire the future generations of child inventors. This could be a nice time to set a challenge for young children. Did you know the trampoline was first invented by 16-year-old George Nissen? Or did you know that the first lollipop stick was first invented by eleven-year-old Frank Epperson? Set your children a challenge and give them room to meet it. The K.I.D website includes tips to guide children on the right path of discovery. kidinventorsday.com Winnie The Pooh Day 18th Jan We celebrate one of the world’s most famous and lovable bear ‘Winnie The Pooh’ on the birthday of his creator and author A.A Milne. This lovable wise bear is a great teacher for children covering PSHE topics like feelings, how we should treat others, friendship, patience and so many valuable life lessons. In the words of Pooh bear “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference”. Find more quotes here.
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Winnie The Pooh Quotes World Day of the Snowman 18th Jan Great topic for the winter term: Celebrate in your learning setting one of the most iconic symbols of winter – the snowman. Here are some Ideas:
- You could hold an arts & crafts session for children to make & decorate their own snowman using either of the following; polystyrene balls, craft fluff or white pom poms.
- You could plan a literacy session based on Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman’.
- Or make prints and build an Olaf; the most recent famous Disney snowman from ‘Frozen’ for children to put together independently.
Use the ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ (from Frozen) theme song for the day whilst building a snowman in EYFS.
worlddayofsnowman.com SOS Radio Day 21st - 29th Jan Britain & Ireland can get very rough seas throughout the year; this leads to even the most experienced sailors getting caught up in mighty storms. The RNLI fundraiser and special day keeps our British lifeboats at sea. You could plan ‘seaside’ themed learning activities in class today. SOS day in it's self is on the 27th Jan. Download a free 'seaside' learning support pack from Twinkle here. sosradioweek.org.uk National Storytelling Week 24th Jan - 4th Feb Raise awareness of the ancient art form of oral storytelling! It’s a week of stories being shared amongst children and adults all over the UK. Is your learning setting getting involved? Are you hosting an event? There will be events being held in libraries, theatres, bookshops, museums, schools and lots more public spaces. Want to know more visit the Society of Storytelling website for more info. sfs.org.uk Indian Republic Day 26th Jan Celebrating the day when Indian declared itself a Sovereign Democratic Republic State with the adoption of the Constitution in 1950. You could cover religious topic mentioning Hinduism and festivals throughout the year celebrated in Indian. You could also incorporate Britain’s history with India and why we now have such a deeply intertwined relationship and large Indian community within the UK. This would cross over with the British Values area of learning. knowindia.gov.in Australia Day 26th Jan It is the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at this site by Governor Arthur Phillip. Again this is also a day which is part of our British history and could be incorporated into the British Values area of learning. australiaday.org.au Holocaust Memorial Day 27th Jan Today we pay remembrance to the anniversary of the date the Jews were liberated from the Nazi camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Let us continue to learn and not allow the mistakes of the past to ever repeat. This could fall nicely into PSHE area of learning with talks of feelings, friendships and a discussion on what it means ‘to treat others as you would like to be treated’. hmd.org.uk Chinese New Year 28th Jan We say goodbye to the year of the monkey and welcome the new Chinese year of the rooster. This may be your year if you are born in any of the following years: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1969, 1957, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017. The rooster is the most motivated of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. Are there any little roosters in your learning setting? Traditionally the Chinese new year’s dragon is always present to bring in the new year for good luck. Make a paper dragon in early years or primary classes this year. Chinese New Year's Dragon Craft Activities for EYFS & Primary Children Big Garden Bird Watch Week 28th - 30th Jan Create awareness and appreciation for our nation’s bird diversity in your learning setting during the Big Garden Bird Watch Week. The event began end of the 1800’s to discourage the use of bird feathers in women’s hats and spread the love, respect and safety of British birds. Perhaps set up a class made bird box outside the classroom? Or make mini birds in nest in early years? This is a lovely topic to tie into nature, understand the world, poetry, British values and habitats topics. Visit the RSPB site for more info. rspb.org.uk
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