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June 8 World Oceans Day

WWF will highlight ORCA, the Oceans Recovery Campaign, beginning with activities in Plymouth on 8-10 June. Throughout the summer there will be events round the country (visit www.wwf-uk.orgorca) and there is a sea-life survey with the Marine Life Information Network for Britain and Ireland (MARLIN). Details from or the ORCA hotline, 0845 121 0500.

June 11-15 National School Grounds Week

Organised by Learning Through Landscapes, the theme this year is sustainable development. For information and a resource pack on using your school grounds, go to

June 19 Picturing Literacy

This conference, organised by Film Education, will look at practical ways in which visual elements - the moving image, picture-books, art, photography and ICT - can be used to support literacy in key stages 2 and 3. For details go to: picturingliteracy.

June 23-28 Refugee Week

Refugee pupils are now found in 25 per cent of schools, says the Refugee Council, organisers of this celebration of the contribution made by refugees to life in the UK. Many LEAs are organising events. Tere is a free magazine called Uprooted (available also in Welsh), two free literacy hour programmes, a literacy hour book, Kosovan Journeys (pound;6 +pound;1 pamp;p), and a resource book for primary schools (pound;4.50 +pound;1 pamp;p). Tel:020 7820 3055.

June 29-30 Playing and Learning

This annual conference of the Early Childhood Education Group of the National Association of Educational Inspectors Advisers and Consultants will take place in Hampshire. Speakers include Nigel Hall, Professor of Literacy Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and Janet Moyles, Professor of Education and Research at Anglia Polytechnic University. Further details from Carolyn Poulter: 023 8081 4601.

July 5 National Children's Art Day

This day, organised by Artworks, aims to involve children in every aspect of art. Galleries and museums throughout the UK encourage schools to take part in sessions with artists and curators. The Artsworks National Children's Art Awards will be presented at Tate Modern, to reward excellence and innovation in the classroom. Families will be able to participate in special events on July 7-8. For details go to:

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