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    Spring cleaning

    These creative activities using music, dance and drama focus on the seasonal topic of spring cleaning.

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    Globetrotting

    Set up your own travel agents in your setting and let the children enjoy planning a holiday.

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This month

April 2014

Monday 14 Tuesday 15 Wednesday 16 Thursday 17 Friday 18 Saturday 19 Sunday 20
Explosion on Apollo 13

Explosion on Apollo 13

On this day in 1970, an explosion on US spaceship Apollo 13 put the lives of the three astronauts aboard in danger. Find space resources here

Titanic sinks (1912)

Titanic sinks (1912)

On this day in 1912, the RMS Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, after hitting an iceberg.

 
Britain's First National Park

Britain's First National Park

The Peak District in Derbyshire was designated Britain’s first National Park on this day in 1951.

First crossword puzzle book

First crossword puzzle book

On this day in 1924 publisher Simon & Schuster launched the first crossword puzzle book.

Captain Cook sights Australia

Captain Cook sights Australia

Captain James Cook first saw Australia on this day in 1770. Captain Cook resources

BBC 2 launched (1964)

BBC 2 launched (1964)

Television channel BBC Two launched on this day in 1964 – although its first evening’s programming was disrupted due to a power cut.

April 2014

Monday 21 Tuesday 22 Wednesday 23 Thursday 24 Friday 25 Saturday 26 Sunday 27
Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday

Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday

Our current Queen’s birthday, born 1926. She also has an official birthday in June. On-line resources

 
St George's Day

St George's Day

The feast day of St George, patron saint of England, who according to history, fought and killled a dragon. Find St George’s Day

 
DNA Structure Determined (1953)

DNA Structure Determined (1953)

James Watson and Francis Crick publish their paper revealing the double helix structure of DNA on this day in 1953.

Tanzania formed

Tanzania formed

On this day in 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.

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.

April 2014 / May 2014

Monday 28 Tuesday 29 Wednesday 30 Thursday 01 Friday 02 Saturday 03 Sunday 04
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

 
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

May 2014

Monday 05 Tuesday 06 Wednesday 07 Thursday 08 Friday 09 Saturday 10 Sunday 11
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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