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Challenge of the Year poll

Challenge of the Year poll

As the academic year draws to a close, we want to hear from you in our latest poll. What are the major challenges you’ve faced in implementing the EYFS and providing good-quality childcare this year?

Roald Dahl centenary

Roald Dahl Day

In September, children around the world will be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Make sure your children don’t miss out on the action and get planning now with Judith Harries’ wonderful article.

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August 2016

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First English Civil War begins

First English Civil War begins

The first English Civil War, between the Parliamentarians and Royalists, began on this date in 1642.

Abolition of the slave trade

Abolition of the slave trade

Today is UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

 
Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

On this day in 1609, Galileo demonstrated the first telescope. Why not investigate in class how a telescope allows us to see objects more closely?

Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

On this day in 55BC, Caesar’s army invaded Britain for the first time. Take a look at our resources on the Romans.

   

August 2016 / September 2016

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley

On this date in 1950, the British sculptor was born. He is famous for his public works, such as The Angel of the North.

Diana, Princess of Wales dies

Diana, Princess of Wales dies

Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on this day in 1997.

World War II begins in Europe

World War II begins in Europe

Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, on this date in 1939, beginning the war in Europe. Explore our war-themed activities and resources.

Great Fire of London

Great Fire of London

More than 13,000 houses and 87 churches including St Paul’s Cathedral were destroyed in the fire which took place in London in 1666. It was finally put out on 6th September. Take a look at our Great Fire of London resources.

War declared on Germany

War declared on Germany

Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and France declare war on Germany after Hitler refuses to withdraw his troops from Poland. Find out more about World War II.

Forth Road Bridge opens

Forth Road Bridge opens

Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge, one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, was officially opened on this day in 1964. Visit the Forth Road Bridge website for some fascinating facts, figures and photos.

September 2016

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Mother Teresa dies

Mother Teresa dies

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic missionary nun who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work helping people in Kolkata, died on this day in 1997.

 
Queen Elizabeth I born

Queen Elizabeth I born

On this date in 1533 Queen Elizabeth I, last of the Tudor monarchs, was born. Her father was King Henry VIII and her mother Anne Boleyn.

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

UNESCO’s International Literacy Day reminds countries of the status of literacy and adult learning globally – one in five adults is still not literate while 75 million children are out-of-school.

   
Anniversary of terrorist attacks in America

Anniversary of terrorist attacks in America

On this day in 2001, coordinated attacks took place that destroyed the Twin Towers in New York. Discuss the effects of war on children around the world.

September 2016

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Lascaux cave paintings discovered

Lascaux cave paintings discovered

On this day in 1940, a series of paintings were discovered in a cave in Lascaux, France. The paintings were estimated to be 17,000 years old. Take a virtual tour of the cave at www.lascaux.culture.fr then talk about why discoveries like these are so important to historians.

   
Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming

On this day in 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming noticed a mold, that would later be developed into penicillin, growing in his laboratory. Take a look at our linked activities and resources.

International day for the preservation of the ozone layer

International day for the preservation of the ozone layer

Ask the children to think of one thing that they could do to help protect the environment on International Ozone Day.

 
World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day

Today is a national awareness day for people to build awareness of our water resources. Why not invite children to monitor your setting’s water usage and find out ways you can reduce consumption? Find out more at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org

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