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Elmer Day

Elmer Day 2017

Join in the annual celebration of everything Elmer on 27 May, with hundreds of events happening up and down the country.

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April 2017

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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.

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 2017

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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

 
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)?

Local History Month

Local History Month

Starting on 1st May, make the most of your local area’s history this month. Visit The Historical Association website for more information.

May 2017

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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.

 
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.

 

May 2017

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National Smile Month

National Smile Month

Running until 15th June, this month aims to increase awareness of dental health. Visit www.nationalsmileweek. org/

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.

     
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.

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