Essential Teaching Topics For October

Keep your teaching topical with our free teaching resources for events in October. Have a look below and find out how you can plan your lessons on a variety of themes and events, including Halloween, Black History Month and World Space Week.

Topical teaching resources for October

Keep your teaching topical with our free teaching resources dedicated to events in October. This month, you can get spooky and spacey with Halloween and World Space Week, respectively. There’s also plenty of opportunities to teach students about cultural and religious histories with Black History Month, the Jewish festival of Sukkot and the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings all in the same month.

World Space Week (4 - 10) Launch your students into a galaxy of fun lesson ideas, inspiring learning opportunities, and exciting experiments. Let our Earth and Space page be your guide.

Black History Month (1 - 31) Celebrate black people’s achievements and provide a starting point for lessons and discussions on racism this month. Try these assemblies, worksheets, classroom activities and videos.

National Poetry Day (8) Ideas and activities to help teach and explore rhythm, rhyme, similes, metaphors and other poetic devices. Look at the works of Benjamin Zephaniah, Michael Rosen and Carol Ann Duffy to spark your pupils’ love of poetry.

Harvest festivals are celebrated all over the world, by different communities at this time of year. Take this opportunity to think about where our food comes from with these lesson plans and assembly presentations.

Battle of Hastings (14) Give your pupils a taste of British history with a topic about the epic battle between William the Conqueror and Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo Saxon king. Commemorate the battle that changed the course of history in Europe.

Halloween (31) It’s the time of year for trick-or-treating and ghoulish games. Find out how you can get some spookily good lessons themed around this yearly event and decorate your classroom to fit the mood.

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