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School Events Calendar 2017 (February)

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.

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:

St.Brigid's

 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

Candlemas

  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

Darwin Day 

 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

Valentine's Day

 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.

Pinterest Valentine’s arts & crafts ideas for EYFS and KS1.

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.

BCreative arts and crafts and useful articles for teachers and early years

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