This week, next week

12th June 2015 at 01:00

6-12 June 2015

Saturday

Plastic's not fantastic

The Fifa Women's World Cup kicked off in Edmonton, Canada, with 24 teams competing. Controversy continues to follow Fifa, with players complaining about the risk of injury from artificial turf.

Sunday

Now we have sticks

Teachers in touch with their inner Christopher Robin rushed to the World Pooh Sticks Championships near Witney, Oxfordshire, to vie for the not-to-be-pooh-poohed title of world No 1.

Monday

Read all about it

England's education secretary Nicky Morgan accused the mainstream media of deterring people from entering the teaching profession. "The language used often puts people off from wanting to go into it," she said.

Tuesday

Better-than-OK coral

Coral Triangle Day celebrated the staggering biodiversity of an area of the Pacific Ocean that is home to 2,000 species of reef fish. Try this lesson with your class: www.tesconnect.comCoralExplorer

Wednesday

Political animals

Want to make sure your students are future voters? Discuss politics in the classroom. A University of Edinburgh survey of 16- and 17-year-olds found that schools were the main factor in determining civic attitudes.

Thursday

Keeping her head

Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon on this date in 1509. He divorced her 24 years later, sparking a chain of events that ensured today's teachers have plenty to choose from in their Tudor topic planning.

Friday

Blue notes

If you're feeling blue after the death of BB King, why not suggest an impromptu field trip to Chicago? Sure, it's unlikely, but you just might be able to attend one of the world's largest free blues festivals.

13-19 June 2015

Saturday

A royal knees-up

Happy birthday, Your Majesty! The Queen will celebrate her official birthday by attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony. Next year she will turn 90 on 21 April - her actual birthday.

Sunday

New blood

Teachers already give plenty of blood, sweat and tears in the classroom, so why not give a little more on World Blood Donor Day. Donating saves lives - and you get a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.

Monday

The great charter

Today is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta by King John. The British Library has asked children to draft "Magna Carta for the digital age". Find out more at www.tesconnect.commagna-carta

Tuesday

For a brighter future

It's Youth Day in South Africa and the Day of the African Child, commemorating protests by black schoolchildren in Soweto in 1976 against the poor quality of their education. Hundreds of students were shot.

Wednesday

One of the five pillars

Preparations will begin at sunset for the first day of Ramadan tomorrow. Throughout the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, strict fasting is observed during hours of sunlight.

Thursday

He met his destiny

As any avid history and pop fan will tell you: at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender. Today marks the bicentenary of the Duke of Wellington's momentous victory over French forces at the Battle of Waterloo.

Friday

Lapping it up

Racing to complete your marking? Spare a thought for Britain's Lewis Hamilton, who is practising at 200 miles per hour in a sweaty Formula One car to prepare himself for the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend.

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