Calendar for May 2015

Monday 27 Tuesday 28 Wednesday 29 Thursday 30 Friday 01 Saturday 02 Sunday 03
Samuel F B Morse

Samuel F B Morse

The inventor of Morse Code was born on this day in 1791. Challenge older children to crack this wartime code.

Roman festival 'Floralia'

Roman festival 'Floralia'

The Floralia was a Roman festival dedicated to the goddess Flora which took place from April 27 to May 3. It was celebrated with dancing, drinking, and flowers.

International Dance Day

International Dance Day

Appreciate the art of dance, and get the children moving to the music today. On-line resources

George Washington becomes first US president (1789)

George Washington becomes first US president (1789)

On this day in 1789 George Washington was sworn in as the first elected President of the United States.

May Day

May Day

Celebrated to mark the start of summer with dancing around a maypole and the choosing of a May Queen. On-line resources

David Beckham's Birthday

David Beckham's Birthday

Famous football player born on this day in 1975. On-line resources

 
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Greenpeace launched (1971)

Greenpeace launched (1971)

Founded in Canada in 1971 as the ‘Don’t Make A Wave’ committee, the environmental group officially changed its name to ‘Greenpeace Foundation’. Find resources on an environment theme here

Local History Month

Local History Month

Make the most of your local area’s history this month. Visit The Historical Association website for more information.

Four-minute mile broken

Four-minute mile broken

On this day in 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. What strengths do the children think Roger had to draw on to succeed (determination, self belief)?

Smoking ban rejected

Smoking ban rejected

On this day in 1956, the British health minister – RH Turton – rejected a call for a ban on smoking. For a thinking-skills focus, pose your class the question: Should the Government ban smoking today?

VE Day (1945)

VE Day (1945)

Victory in Europe (VE) Day marked the end of the Second World War. We have resources about both World Wars.

Europe Day

Europe Day

Celebrate the formation of the EU in 1949 with a European cities topic. Each child could research a different capital city — add in food, flags and different languages for extra fun!

Nelson Mandela Became Prime Minister

Nelson Mandela Became Prime Minister

On this day in 1994, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black Prime Minister. Take a look at our activities and resources linked to South Africa.

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Edward Lear's Birthday

Edward Lear's Birthday

Author and illustrator famous for his literary ‘nonsense’ and limericks born on this day in 1812. On-line resources

Alison Hargreaves conquers Everest

Alison Hargreaves conquers Everest

On this day in 1995, Alison Hargreaves became the first woman to reach Everest’s peak unaided. Download a poster of Alison Hargreaves.

 
International Families Day

International Families Day

Celebrate and discuss different families today. Find great activities and resources about families on our website.

First Academy Awards ceremony

First Academy Awards ceremony

On this date in 1929 the first Academy Awards, or ‘Oscars’, were handed out in Hollywood, California.

 
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National Smile Month

National Smile Month

Running until 17th June, this month aims to increase awareness of dental health. Visit www.nationalsmileweek. org/

 
The Sun

The Sun

The Sun newspaper was published for the first time on this day in 1964. Talk to the children about issues involved in newspaper journalism, such as bias. Should they believe everything they read?

World Day for Cultural Diversity

World Day for Cultural Diversity

Proclaimed by the UN in 2001, this event is the perfect opportunity to discuss the importance of respecting all cultures. Visit the UN website for more information. Plus, check out our activities and resources linked to promoting cultural diversity.

 
World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

This awareness day aims to raise the profile of the endangered turtle. Use our resources to discuss the plight of endangered animals with your class, and what we can do to help protect them.

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

On this day in 1883, New York’s Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic. Take a virtual tour of New York.

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Star Wars

Star Wars

On this day in 1977, the world-famous film Star Wars TM was released. Check out our space-themed activities and resources.

UK Fuel Rations End

UK Fuel Rations End

On this day in 1950, the petrol rationing of World War II came to an end.

The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge

On this day in 1937, San Francisco’s famous bridge opened.

Sir Francis Chichester Arrives Home

Sir Francis Chichester Arrives Home

On this day in 1967, Sir Francis Chichester became the first man to sail single-handedly around the world. On-line resources

Everest Conquered

Everest Conquered

On this day in 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to climb Mount Everest. Check out our mountains-themed activities and resources.

 
Big Ben

Big Ben

London’s famous clock rang out for the first time on this day in 1859.