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The October Gallery educational charity in Old Gloucester Street, London WC1, holds eight shows of contemporary world art per year with accompanying schools' workshops. After the current Aboriginal art display ends on May 6, the exhibition "Red Wave: artists from Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Samoa" will run May 10 to June 17. Workshops will focus on the artists' use of recurring patterns and stylised use of natural forms to present mythical narrative. Children will create a puzzle using symbols, patterns, shapes and textures to tell a well-known story.

Tel: 020 7242 7367

Travelling circus Until May 21

The Sharmanka Travelling Circus was founded in Russia in 1989 by sculptor-mechanic Eduard Bersudsky and theatre director Tatyana Jakovskaya (a sharmanka is a "hurdy gurdy" or barrel-organ). This free exhibition at Callendar House, Falkirk, features mysterious, darkly humorous kinetic sculptures of bears, birds, bell-ringers, monkeys, rats and elephants whirring, clicking and clanking into action to tell their story.

Tel: 01324 503770

Road safety competition Closes June 5

A free multimedia secondary pack from Streets Ahead exploring sustainable transport and road safety has an accompanying Grass Routes competition requiring students to "submit a manifesto for creating a safer, more sustainable school run in their school area with proposals for action by students, parents, teachers and the local council". Prizes include a trip to London and a laptop.

Email: Sports Relief July 15

Visit the Sports Relief website and tell them how your students are going to do their sponsored Sport Relief Miles (each wearing a red sock) on or before July 15. First prize will be a visit from the BBC to film your school doing sporty activities over a mile distance. Four runners-up will win a visit from a Sport Relief celebrity. The site includes teaching ideas, assemblies and interactive stories. Schools can also order a free starter kit, which includes a DVD.



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