19-25 September 2015
Food for fort(night)
British Food Fortnight started with an eggstravaganza (sorry) of harvest festivals, food fairs and patriotism across the UK. There really is something for everyone, including a pear day in Kent.
It’s all about the kids
Germany celebrated its annual Universal Children’s Day, when young ’uns receive gifts from their families and schools organise activities and field trips. Teachers may have been glad it fell on a Sunday this year.
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace celebrated collaboration between all elements of society, while calling for an end to hostilities worldwide and raising awareness of diplomatic issues.
Save the rhino
The perfect day to teach your class about the importance of conservation. The World Wildlife Fund celebrated World Rhino Day, which encourages people all over the globe to stand against rhino poaching.
Cease working right now!
Go Home On Time Day claimed a spot in the middle of the week as part of a Working Families campaign to promote work-life balance in the UK. And no, marking at home wasn’t allowed.
Any teacher wishing to metamorphose their marking into a rabbit should have visited the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ Convention, which abracadabra’d to life today in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
For the love of trees
In a bid to preserve forests, the Forest Stewardship Council urged teachers to talk about sustainability and take their classes to the fields in a frenzy of tree-planting. Let’s just hope it’s not raining.
26 September – 2 October 2015
Vive la langue
Plurilingualism is the name of the game. The Council of Europe will use this day to highlight the importance of languages and cultural diversity through various language-based classroom activities.
Bird? Plane? No, supermoon!
Get the astronomy club to grab their telescopes, because there will be not a supermoon, not a blood moon, but a supermoon blood moon. Don’t miss it: there won’t be another until 2033.
Celebrate the power of words
Exchange your run-of-the-mill cocktail hours for literary ones at the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival. Partake in mass readings, story slams and debates until 12 October.
From the heart
World Heart Day promotes cardiovascular health and encourages people to make healthy choices. Do your part to raise awareness: share a “healthy heart selfie”, making a heart shape with your hands.
Lady Penelope and co hit 50
Thunderbirds were “go” for the first time 50 years ago. The show – filmed, as any true fan can attest, in supermarionation – ran for two series and was revived as a computer-animated programme this year.
Black History Month 2015
Celebrate inclusive history in the classroom as Black History Month gets under way. You can find a whole host of resources for your classes at bit.ly/CivilRightsTES. Pictured is civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
Be a playground Ban Ki-moon
Try to achieve peaceable resolution to playground disputes on the UN’s International Day of Non-Violence. The day is marked each year on the birth date of Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi.