October hot topics
Keep your teaching topical with our free teaching resources for events in October. Have a look below and find out how you can theme your lessons to a variety of events, including Halloween, Black History Month and Learn to Sign Week.
Black History Month
Celebrate the achievements of black people throughout history with these assemblies, worksheets and classroom activities
International Walk to School Month
Swap four wheels for two feet this month and teach pupils about healthy living, road safety and how walking can be fun.
School Libraries Month
October is the perfect time to encourage students to switch tablets and phones off, get down the library and enjoy a classic children's book.
Learn to Sign Week (4th -10th)
Create an inclusive atmosphere for hearing-impaired students and help others communicate with their deaf peers.
National Poetry Day (4th)
"Stars" is the theme of this year's National Poetry Day. Inspire students to gaze up at the night sky and pen their own masterpiece with these lesson plans, activities and worksheets.
Dyslexia awareness week (8th-14th)
Use this week as an opportunity to reflect on the daily struggles faced by people with dyslexia, but also use it to give dyslexic students the confidence they need to be successful.
Battle of Hastings (14th)
On this date in 1066 William the Conqueror led his troops into a battle that changed the course of English history forever.
One World Week (21st-28th)
This year's event asks how we can shape our lives to contribute to an equitable future for all. The week is a great excuse to encourage students to celebrate the diversity of the world.
Celebrate the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar and teach students about the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
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.