School Events Calendars
June is full of interesting days! Including World Environment, D Day and World Meat Free day! June is also a great month for being conscious with things like World Oceans Day and Child Safety 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:
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
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
5th-11th 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 a greater understanding for real risks and gain skills in how to deal with them in our everyday learning setting. www.capt.org.uk
World Oceans Day
7th June World Ocean day is the day we celebrate the ocean. This year's theme is plastic pollution and it is a look at how we can conserve the world's oceans. http://www.worldoceansday.org/
Bike to School & Work Week
10-18th 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
World Meat Free Day
12th June One day without meat shouldn't be too hard! The day is there to create awareness as to the benefits of not eating meat not only to the body but also the environment. http://www.worldmeatfreeday.com/ Father’s Day 18th June This is a day to honour all fathers, grandfathers, father-in-laws and all father figures in our lives. Summer Solstice 21st 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 26th – 30th 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 Public Services Day 23rd June The UN, on this day every year, hold an event to reward and highlight the work performed by public services in recognition to their contribution to upholding our society and way of life. http://www.un.org/en/events/publicserviceday/ 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 24th 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 25th 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
May is here, the years seems to be going so fast! May marks the start of Spring and the lead up to summer. This month we celebrate National Cycling/ Walking month and the end of WW ll
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
This month is very busy and is full of great and informative holidays!
1st May Mayday is celebrated as the start of spring and the coming of summer and is celebrated between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The festivities include things like, morris dancing, crowning a 'May Queen, cake and the traditional May Pole dance. www.maypoledance.com
National Walking/ Cycling Month
1st-31st May National Walking Month is an initiative to get people walking. It is said that we now walk less than we did 20 years ago. So to combat pollution, congestion and many other nasty things National Walking month encourages people to go for a stroll. This year Living Streets say you should take photos and 'Rate Your Walk' http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/
Local Community History Month
1st - 31st May The aim of the month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.
Activities happen across the UK and include trips, library exhibitions and local lectures. It is a great way for groups to highlight local history and for local people to get involved. See what is happening in your area via the History.org.uk website.
www.history.org.uk School Headteachers Day 1st of May
Headteachers have a tough job.They have to please a lot of people and that can be hard! So the 1st of May is a day to appreciate your Headteacher and everything they do! We found 17 headteachers appreciation ideas which are perfect to do if you fancy getting crafty!
International Firefighters day 4th of May Firefighters day is a day when the world comes together in recognition of the hard work and commitment made by Firefighters every day! On this day we also come together and thank past and present firefighters for their contributions. http://www.firefightersday.org/
Cinco de Mayo
5th May On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army overpowered the French at the Battle of Puebla regardless of the fact they had HALF the man power! This played a massive part in stopping future European Countries from invading any of the America's. www.History.com
8th May Victory in Europe Day commemorates the end of fighting in Europe during World War II. It is the day that marks the formal acceptance of the Nazi regime's surrender ending WW ll. www.BritishLegion.org.uk
World Red Cross Day/ World Red Crescent Day
8th May The Red Cross provides disaster relief all over the world on a simply benevolent basis. World Red Cross Day remembers and recognises the efforts of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide. www.RedCross.org.uk
International Nurses Day
12th May International Nurse Day is celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, in recognition of all the important work nurses do. There are over 690,000 nurses and midwives working in the UK! www.england.nhs.UK Limerick Day 12th May A limerick is a 5 line poem with the rhyming scheme aabba. This form of poetry was made popular by Edward Lear! https://www.brownielocks.com/kidlimericks.html Fairtrade Day 13th May Agents for Change across five continents will join hand in hand for Fair Trade and the Planet to celebrate World fair Trade Day. Fair traders in the supply chain, joined by consumers, policy makers and advocates, will form human chains in their celebrations to mark their commitment to Fair Trade and the Planet, our route to sustainable development. http://wfto.com/events/world-fair-trade-day-2017 Walk to School Week 15th-19th May This week is there to encourage children to start walking to school! We know how good it is to get outside and go for a walk and what a better way to do that than on your way to school! https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/walk-to-school-week Deaf Awareness Week 15th - 21st May Awareness Week - Deaf Awareness Week is when everyone comes together to recognise the different ways in which deaf people struggle through and then overcome everyday tasks www.deafcouncil.org.uk or www.ndcs.org.uk Amnesty International Day 28th May This is a day to recognise the need to protect human rights around the world. Celebrate Amnesty International day learning more about human rights, how to become more active in human rights causes and write to your politician on human rights issues. www.amnesty.org.uk Spring Bank Holiday 29th May This is a day of for people all around the United Kingdom from work and school
April is getting close! The weather's starting to get warmer, the flowers are blossoming and the trees are getting a little less bare!
We have some great events which would be perfect to turn into themed craft or just used for educational purposes.
We look forward to keeping you informed on all the days of interest each month, so you never miss out!
We have a list of, what we thing are, the most fun and educational holidays. Make sure to check it out and click the links to find out more about each day!
April Fool's Day 1st April This day which is also known as All Fool's Day is the perfect day to prank your friends and to celebrate the changing of the seasons! Have a look at the BCreative Pinterest Boards for prime area learning inspiration! Jazz Appreciation Month 1st of April – 1st of May A month dedicated to appreciating all things Jazz. A time to look at the past, the present and the future of Jazz music. Ideas for teachers on how to celebrate this season! National Pet Month 1st April – 1st May This is a month of appreciation for all pets, it is also an opportunity for many organisations and animal lovers to raise money causes which support the well being of animals. www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk International Children's Book Day 2nd April This day marks the birth of Hans Christian Anderson in 1805! So, grab a book because this day is made to inspire a love of reading and call attention to children's books www.ibby.org International Pillow Fight Day 2nd April One of our favourite day out of the whole year! It's aim it to promote conscious celebration in public spaces and replace your face being attached to your phone!
I know I will be going to the one in Brighton! (Brighton's pillow fight will be held outside of the Bucket and Spade café at 2pm.)
pillowfightday.com World Autism Awareness Day 2nd April Autism doesn't have to be limiting and this is a day to truly appreciate that! There are more and more famous bright sparks leading the way such as young genius physicist Jacob Barnett or movie director Tim Burton. It's a day to acknowledge the hard work, love and understanding that it takes to make a change. www.facebook.com/worldautismawarenessday
World Health Day 7th April This day was established in 1948, the year the World Health Organisation was founded. Each year there is a theme, this year it is depression and raising awareness about mental health. http://apps.who.int/depression-campaign-2017/en National Gardening Week 10th – 16th April A time to get green-fingered and promote the healthy wonders of gardening. There isn't a more perfect time to get into the garden and get involved in nature! Have fun building garden borders outside and planting seeds with children. www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/ Passover (Jewish) 11th-17th April Passover is one of the most important celebrations in the Jewish calendar. It commemorates the liberation of the Children of Israel out of Egypt, led by Moses. http://bit.ly/passoverjudaism
Russian Cosmonaut Day
12th April On this day in 1961 Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, aboard Vostok 1. He spent 108 minutes in space orbiting the earth once. This marked the beginning of the space race! bbc.co.uk International Moment of Laughter Day 14th April Another wonderful day that we love! Izzy Gesell (Humorologist) wanted to share the benefits of laughter so he initiated this day. Laughter relieves stress, influences positive thinking and relationships. Laughter can even defuse resistance to change and build self confidence. http://bit.ly/1R6ONVC Easter Sunday 16th April Happy Easter! Today should be filled with egg hunts and chocolate. This Christian holiday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. there are also so many fun crafting possibilities for this holiday! http://bit.ly/funeastercrafts International Jugglers Day 18th April This day was originally established mid 1980s by the International Jugglers' Association. This day we celebrate the act of juggling which takes a lot of skill! www.juggle.org Earth Day 22nd April Celebrate Earth Day and make a difference to the planet. Established in 1970, this day raises consciousness and action in environmental global issues. Make sure to get involved with some of the activities on the Earth day website. www.earthday.org
World Penguin Day
25th April World Penguin Day is the day the native Antarctic penguins start their annual migration northward. http://www.isfoundation.com/news/celebrate-world-penguin-day Allergy Awareness week 25th April – 1st May A week to raise awareness of different varieties of allergies and to promote well-being for those who suffer. www.allergyuk.org/other-ways-to-help/give-a-car St George’s Day 23rd April St George is the patron saint of England. The medieval legend of St George the crusader and the dragon are widely known and still told today. www.stgeorgesday.com Shakespeare Day 23rd April This marks the date of William Shakespeare's birthday! He was an English Poet, Playwright and Actor. Born in 1564 and died in 1616. shakespeareweek.org.uk World Stationary Day 27th April On World Stationary Day we celebrate the power of the written word. In an increasing digital world let's not loose the skill of writing! Make sure to check out our stationary in our shop! worldstationeryday.com
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International Astronomy Day 29th April This event was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California. Hopefully the skies will be clear so we can fully appreciate the beauty of the stars! https://www.astroleague.org/al/astroday/astrodayform.html
February the month of love is upon us! Valentine's Day is just one of many events to incorporate into your early years and primary learning settings. 'What the Dickens?', Pancake Day, Darwin are all being celebrated too!
I've included links to ideas and resources you could use in your learning setting. Do have a look and send us any images of what you got up to in your nursery, school or playgroup! We'd love to see what you end up creating! Leave a comment or share images of your creations on our Facebook , Instagram or Twitter pages.
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:
1st Feb Today we celebrate the feast day of Brigid of Kildare, recognised as the patroness of Ireland, animals, dairymaids, Irish nuns and new born babies. It also marks the start of the Celtic spring season. Are there children in your learning setting of Irish decent? Would they want to share a mini presentation of their Irish heritage? You could hold an celtic art session using free printables here. Here’s another Celtic print example here. More info on Brigid of Kildare
2nd Feb A Christian day celebrating the presentation of Jesus at the temple.
Charles Dickens Birthday
6th Feb Born in 1812 and died in 1870, Charles Dickens is part of our British history as a great story teller. He lived through the Industrial Revolution(1700-1800s), when there were great changes in work and science. Dickens would share his stories throughout the changing times about the life of the people in small parts weekly or monthly with the public. That’s why they make great series for television in our modern times. They give us an insight into what life was like during the great changing times for everyone. You could share in your learning setting abbreviated short versions of his famous Oliver Twist! Primary classes can also take part in ‘What the Dickens?’ the BBC game show. dickenslondontours.co.uk
Safer Internet Day
7th Feb The theme this year is 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'. This yearly event is organised by Insafe and promotes global safety and responsibility of the use of technology among children and young adults. You can register your support of the campaign now on the SID website. saferinternetday.org
12th Feb Celebrate Charles Darwin today and his work on the theory of 'evolution by natural selection'. He argues that humans are part of nature. His famous book On the Origins of Species was finally published in 1859, after a twenty years of hesitation. darwinday.org
Go Green Week
13th - 19th Feb Initiated by Japan, Go Green Week is a time to be as green as possible (ie, switch off computers, lights, etc when not using them) and to remember the Fukushima incident. gogreenweek.dmu.ac.uk or peopleandplanet.org/event/go-green-week
14th Feb Valentine’s Day started off as a Christian celebration of St Valentinus is now a worldwide day celebrating love. You’ll find some funny facts and theories on who and why surrounding St Valentine’s on the History Channel site click here.
You could order polystyrene heart shapes for children to decorate and take-home.
BCreative Valentine’s Collage Resource Pack
National Nest Box Week
14th - 21st Feb The NNBW promotes during this week the making of nest boxes in all UK local areas. Make a nest box in your learning setting and promote the value of biodiversity, conservation and breeding of bird and general British wild life. More info on the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) website. bto.org/about-birds/nnbw
International Mother Language Day
21st Feb Unesco asks the world to celebrate, contribute and promote Global Citizenship education. The theme for IMLD 2017 is ‘Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education’. IMLD also promotes and supports the goal: "Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy" (unesco.org). You could plan language celebrating topics in class today. There are lots of nice multilingual songs online which you could incorporate into a music session, i.e, If Your Happy and You Know It - it features hello in many languages towards the end of the video. un.org/motherlanguageday
World Thinking Day
22nd Feb It began in 1926, it’s an opportunity to raise funds for millions of girl guides and girl scouts around the world. It helps to raise awareness of issues relating to girls and women in general too. wagggs.org/world-thinking-day
Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
28th Feb Yes! Well we all know what to do on this day in our learning settings, make all sorts of pancakes! Real ones and soft dough ones at play time. The French call it ‘Fat Tuesday’! It’s the last opportunity to feast before Lent (Ash Wednesday) observed by Christians, which is 46 days before Easter. Pancakes were originally invented to use up all the leftover fatty and rich foods. You could do a pretend pancake making session in early years, see example here. There’s also the book ‘Pancakes, Pancakes’ by Eric Carle – a story all about a boy and his mother making pancakes. You could even make your own pancake day fact cards (for older age groups), see example here.
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.
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
You can also find lots of educational crafty ideas for 'all year round' areas of learning and celebrations on the Bcreativetolearn Pinterest Boards.
Start decorating those Christmas trees and hanging your glitzy stockings, Christmas time is near. The old year is drawing to an end and it's that special time to reflect on all we've achieved over the year. There are so many fantastic ways to incorporate all learning areas of the EYFS and primary curriculum this month, whilst still having lots of festive craft fun!
For every yearly event visit our Bcreativetolearn Pinterest Boards, full of preschool activity inspirations in all learning/ topic areas.
National Tree Week 1st 4th Dec It’s the UK’s biggest celebration of trees annually which kick starts the winter tree planting season. You could plant seeds outdoors with the children and make finger print paintings of trees. Want to find out more or get involved with events happening in your area? Contact the Tree Council for more details. treecouncil.org.uk International Tree Dressing Day 3rd - 4th Dec Now is the time all around the world to begin dressing the Christmas trees, as we near this special family time. Have you got a Christmas tree for your learning setting yet? How about a ‘decorate-yourself’ cardboard Christmas tree? They come with baubles which the children can paint or stick their own patterns on. This will give you days of decorating fun! You could also make small 3D take-home plastic Christmas trees.
Click here to view how the EYFS 3D trees are made!
Christmas Trees for your learning setting! International Aviation Day 7th Dec Today is a day to celebrate all our planes and those who operate them! We’ve come a long way since the Wright brothers first successfully made the first powered air-crafts in 1903. Incorporate it into a transport topic and make a plane! You could make lollipop stick planes. You could also incorporate maths and cut out shapes and get the children to piece together a plane, example here. For transport stencils, sponges and stickers have a look at our new catalogue here. icao.int Human Rights Day 10th Dec The UN general assembly believes that having human rights “is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world”. Teach children that beautiful and simple motto of ‘treat others as you would like to be treated yourself’. This falls nicely into the PSED topic. Use confidence and team building activities in class today to re-enforce the valuable lessons; such as being kind to others, working together and ‘look what we made together’ outcomes. un.org International Animal Rights Day 10th Dec More 7 more children these days are expressing their love of animals and are opting to support the protection of animals throughout the world. Give this day an animal theme in your learning setting. Some ideas: thenard.org The Festival of winter Walks 17th Dec - 8th Jan Ramblers charity set this event 25 years ago to encourage people to walk and explore Britain’s beautiful landscapes. Oh and she's a beauty indeed this green island of ours called Britain.
For more info regarding group walks, routes & health walks visit the Ramblers website.
ramblers.org.uk Winter Solstice (Yule) & 'Burning of the Clocks' (Brighton lantern festival) 21st Dec It’s that time of the year again, the shortest day in the whole year for the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere it will be the longest Summer Solstice day of the year. Every year Same Sky (Brighton’s community arts group) gather the people of Brighton & Hove to make paper and willow lanterns throughout the city in a procession which ends at the beach in memory and gratitude for the end of the year. This event is called the Burning of the Clocks.
Here are some Christmas/ winter crafting ideas:
samesky.co.uk Christmas Eve 24th Dec UK Bank Holiday
This is the time when children hand up their stockings ready for Santa ( St Nicholas) to fill them with sweet gifts!
Christmas Day - UK Bank holiday 25th Dec Christmas came from the old saying ‘Christ’s Mass’ an annual celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. It’s now a religious and cultural festival celebrated throughout the world. Boxing Day 26th Dec UK Bank Holiday
A day to recover from Christmas meals and spend more time with family and loved ones.
New Years Eve (Hogmanay) 31st Dec It is the last evening we reflect on the year we’ve had and say goodbye to 2016 and welcome the new year of 2017 with fireworks! Prepare children for the New Year’s celebrations before the end of term with fireworks craft activities that can be found in our British Values Pinterest board . You can also pre-buy cracker snaps and cracker hats, which are handy for Christmas parties as well as New Years. Get a hold of 2017 blank calendars for your learning setting... Children will love creating their own take-home calendars!
Remember, remember the 5th of November. It's time to start the Christmas count down, raise awareness of healthy eating is schools, spread kindness and remember the great men throughout history. This month is full of themes to inspire the next generation of little learners.
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National School Meals Week 31st Oct - 4th Nov Supported and run by LACA (Local Authority Caterers Association) it’s a time to share awareness of the importance of healthy eating in our nation’s educational settings. Find teacher printables, useful links, recipes and tips on the Great School Lunch website as well as Jamie Oliver’s website. Need inspiration? Last year schools invited parents, staff and community members for a roast dinner. What will you be doing in your educational setting? Download a free fruit and vegetable colouring in poster here. thegreatschoollunch.co.uk All Saints' Day 1st Nov On November the 1st the Catholic Church celebrates all of the saints that reached heaven. There are millions of saints but on this day the church celebrate its most famous ones (the canon of the saints). It is also celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox Church., Anglican churches, Anglican, Lutheran and some Protestant churches. catholic.org World Vegan Day 1st Nov This year scientists told us that we need to decrease our meat consumption, which plays a massive role in global warming. Take the opportunity today to celebrate and learn healthy tips from vegans around the world. Are there children in your learning setting that are vegans? Or maybe they simply prefer veggies? Explore interesting recipes in your healthy eating topics that are animal free perhaps. Try new recipes in class. Have you noticed the increase of online videos of children discussing how they don’t want to eat animals? They are super endearing, enough to make you stop and think about your animal consumption. Ask the children in your learning setting how they feel about eating animals. vegansociety.com National Stress Awareness Day 2nd Nov Established in 1999 by the ISMA (International Stress Management Association, it’s a time to recognise where we are all at in our work and learning environments. Are we taking care of our own well being and the well being of those around us? Teachers were reported to have been doing 60-hour weeks in 2016. Also this year we’ve become aware of new stress levels rising in very young children due to constant testing. What methods do you use to relieve and prevent stress? Some schools have introduced Mindfulness programmes to increase happiness levels in classrooms and reduce stress. Another good link is the Stress Management Society. For more info in the day visit the ISMA website. isma.org.uk National Jigsaw Day 3rd Nov In a world full of gadgets pick a puzzle and immerse children into a puzzle activity. Big puzzles are a great group activity promoting social skills, problem solving and communication. Not to mention it is very relaxing and meditative. It's also good focus training.
wentworthpuzzles.com Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night) 5th Nov What would have happened if 13 young Catholic men (including Guy Fawkes) had succeeded in blowing up parliament in 1605? It is said that the new King of the time was not so tolerant of the Catholic religion, so the rebellion chose to take violent action. The people lit fires to celebrate the safety of King James I and thus begun Bonfire Night. Find lots of fun Guy Fawkes downloadable teacher printables and craft ideas on our British Values Pinterest Board. bonfirenight.net Remembrance Day 13th Nov On this day we remember and honour all who were sacrificed themselves to serve, protect and secure our nation’s freedom. Let us never forget especially the great WWI (1914-1918) and WWII (1939 to 1945). Again you can find poppy making activities on our Pinterest site. britishlegion.org.uk Kindness Day UK 13th Nov Introduced in 1998, take the opportunity to promote the level of kind acts and the importance of being kind within your learning setting. You can check our Pinterest boards for fun arts & crafts ideas. One idea is to make paper stained glass mini beasts to give to someone as an act of kindness. Last year the Horley Infant School made paper chains of kindness and 'chased away sad clouds’ with kindness kites! What will you do? kindnessuk.com Anti Bullying Week 14th - 18th Nov The theme this year is the ‘Power For Good’. There will be shows and workshops on offer to educational settings throughout the UK during this week. We need to continue to be aware of the new age of cyber-bullying and e-safety. In early years, you could use a puppet show for example to get across online safety awareness and the importance of being kind to friends and people who are different. anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk or antibullyingweek.co.uk International Men's Day 19th Nov Celebrate all the good and great men that have contributed to human kind on November 19th. The United Nations also supports this day to recognise the importance of fathers and the role they play in the nurture and upbringing of children. It is also an opportunity to celebrate what men and women have achieved together. Whether in the betterment of society, education, technology or social matters. Find some fun arts, crafts and printable sheets on our Pinterest board. mensday.ws Universal Children's Day 20th Nov This special day was initiated by the United Nations and ‘resolution 836(IX) made on the 14th of Dec 1954. Let’s devote this day to observing the goals, ideals and current welfare of children across the world. 2016 has had its challenges for many of our global early years citizens. Let’s come together and inspire resolutions and positive choices to impact the children of tomorrow. This means also listening to what they have to say about their own future on this planet. Children of all ages took the US government and big oil companies to court this year. This is one of many signs that our young children have new ideas and expectations for their future they want us to hear about. Let’s pay attention. Get children talking & creative in your learning setting about what children all over the world want perhaps? un.org or unicef.org.uk Learning to Finger Spell Week 20th - 26th Nov Launched by HerBuzz.com, ‘Learn to Finger Spell Week’ is here to encourage more of the general public to learn British sign language. Do you know your alphabet? Perhaps you could teach children in your learning setting how to sign hello. There has been an increase of the simpler version used in SEN education called Makaton. You may already know more than you think as there are a lot of similarities. CBeeBies Mr Tumbble can help too! herbuzz.com Road Safety Week 21st -27th Nov Charity Brake urges all educators to sign up well in advance for their action packs on the Road Safety Week website. Link your chosen activities to the ‘Make The Pledge’ 2016 theme and any other road safety topic you have planned. The aim is to decrease road accidents and increase sustainable and healthy travel. You can also link the event compulsory curriculum subjects such as science and geography. This also links nicely to cycling and sports topics. Email: email@example.com or register here.
roadsafetyweek.org.uk First Sunday of Advent 27th Nov This marks the beginning of the lead up to Christmas! Want more inspirational arts and craft ideas visit our Pinterest board and take your pick. uk.pinterest.com/BCreativeEcon St Andrews Day
(Scottish Bank Holiday)
30th Nov Now you probably know St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland but did you know he was also the patron saint of Romania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Greece, Colombia, Barbados and Cyprus? The Scottish government officially a bank holiday in 2006. St Andrew was an apostle between the first to mid century. He was the elder brother of St Peter the baptist. You will see him being referred to in the New Testament. You could make Scottish flags today in your learning setting, the whole of Scotland will be joining you. scotland.org/st-andrews-day
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.
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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.
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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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