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Summer Term Key Events 2022

May 4th 2022| Michael Mountford

Summer Term Key Events 2022

Since the beginning of 2020, alongside our larger curriculum style resources that we all know and love, we began to create individual packs of resources for events that are happening all around the world throughout the entire year.

We will be creating these Roundup blogs to help you with some quick and concise ideas about events that are going to be happening in the coming term.

We’ve decided to separate these blogs so as to better coincide with the school term; Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.

A little insider information – we currently have a growing list of over 200 events that are taking place in the coming year, so there would be plenty to choose from if you wanted to plan your own events list.

Contents List:

VE Day – 8th May

The 8th of May marks when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long-anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment; people sang and danced outside their homes, and held street parties.

What happened on the first VE Day?

  • On 8th May, people flocked to London, the scene of much of the worst bombing, to celebrate.
  • Crowds flocked around the Mall and Buckingham Palace to see Winston Churchill, King George VI and the rest of the Royal Family.
  • At 3 p.m. Churchill gave a speech to the nation, where he praised the British spirit throughout the war. Although he reminded people that the war still continued outside Europe, Europe itself was entitled to “take a night off today”.
  • After Churchill’s speech, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two princesses, Margaret and Elizabeth, appeared on the balcony. This would be the first of eight times that they would come out to the crowds that day.
  • At 5:30 p.m. the Royal Family again appeared, this time accompanied by Winston Churchill, who told the crowds, “This is your victory!”
  • That evening, the two princesses slipped out of Buckingham Palace and, in what now seems unbelievable, mingled with the crowds outside, witnessing the scenes of celebration and joy.

We already have a huge amount of amazing resources to help get your classroom ready for VE Day.

I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “VE Day Information Text and Comprehension”.

An excellent information text about the history behind VE Day and the way in which it is commemorated. With accompanying comprehension questions, this text could be used for VE Day or as part of a wider World War Two topic.

Walk to School Week – 16th May

Walk to School Week first took place in 2011.

The goal of this day means many different things for many different people.

For some it promotes change for safer and improved streets whilst for others, it might be to promote a healthier lifestyle and an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint.

From the first official walk all the way back in 2011 to now, millions of people from all parts of their local community all take part in over 40 countries around the world. And since then, Living Streets have also joined in with the Walk to School Initiative; all to help create a safer environment for those kids and parents that choose to walk to school.

We’ve already got a huge collection of fantastic resources to help get your classroom ready for Walk to School Week.

I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “Walk to School Safety Poster”.

A simple poster outlining 7 ways to stay safe on the walk to school. Great to display during Walk to School Week or as an ongoing road safety focus in school.

World Bee Day – 20th May

Pollinators allow many plants, including many food crops, to reproduce. Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity – a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN has designated the 20th of May as World Bee Day.

The 20th of May coincides with the birthday of Anton Janša, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia and praised the bees for their ability to work so hard, whilst needing so little attention.

We’ve already got a huge collection of fantastic resources to help get your classroom ready for World Bee Day.

I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “All About Bees Animated PowerPoint“.

If you are learning about bees, this PowerPoint is perfect to give you lots of information. Learn about bees and flowers, honey and threats to bees.

Follow this by answering bee themed inquiry questions. Learn about key vocabulary linked to the topic and bee-related facts.

Children’s Gardening Week – 28th May

National Children’s Gardening Week was the brainwave of Neil Grant, Managing director of Ferndale Garden Centre near Sheffield who is also BBC Radio Sheffield’s garden expert and co-presenter of their weekly garden phone in, and it’s widely supported by the whole of the UK garden industry.

It’s now an annual festival of fun that’s embraced in homes, schools, and community groups across the country, and supports the amazing Greenfingers charity, which is dedicated to providing magical gardens for children in hospices suffering from life-limiting illnesses.

We have already got a collection of brilliant resources to help get your classroom ready for Children’s Gardening Week.

I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “Gardens Information Text and Comprehension”.

The Queen’s Jubilee – 2nd June

Queen Elizabeth the 2nd has now celebrated the biggest milestone in British Monarchy history!

As she becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after an incredible 70 years of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd took place on 2nd June 1953, taking the throne after the death of George VI on 6th February 1952, being proclaimed as Queen shortly afterwards.

Since her coronation to the throne, The Queen has seen and done a lot, but there might also be things you never knew about her!

Let’s look at a few of these:

  • Her coronation was watched by a televised audience of 20 million people on 2nd June 1953.
  • As presents gifted from other countries, The Queen owns an elephant, two giant turtles, a jaguar, and a pair of sloths. They all live safely in London Zoo.
  • She is the only person in the UK allowed to drive without a driving license
  • In 1972, The Queen became the first-ever British monarch to visit a communist country when she visited Yugoslavia, receiving a great reception from a crowd in Belgrade.

We have just created a whole host of Queen’s Jubilee resources.

I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “Becoming Queen Coronation Information Text and Comprehension”.

Healthy Eating Week – 13th June

Healthy Eating Week is an annual event created by the British Nutrition Foundation. This year they’re celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Healthy Eating Week aims to promote healthy eating, drinking and physical activity.

Each year, the BNF release a new set of health aims; the message for the week this year is, ‘Eat well for you and the planet!’.

Each day of the Week will have a different theme:

  • Monday: Focus on fibre – for meals and snacks
  • Tuesday: Get at least 5 A DAY – put plenty on your plate 
  • Wednesday: Vary your protein – be more creative 
  • Thursday: Stay hydrated – fill up from the tap
  • Friday: Reduce food waste – know your portions.

We already have some amazing resources all to do with Eating Healthy, with our Food is a Mood resources, simply click the image below to see what resources we have on offer.

Alongside our Food is a Mood resources, we have a whole host of other resources all around Healthy Eating and Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle.

Insect Week – 20th June

National Insect Week is a unique initiative to promote awareness of insects and their importance in the UK and around the world.

It is organised by the Royal Entomological Society and is supported by thousands of people and organisations up and down the UK.

An incredibly popular Insect Week Photography Competition is launched during the week and attracts entries from a huge number of amateur photographers.

The awareness week was set up to initially promote the importance of insect science to the wider public; Insect Week particularly aims to encourage young people into entomology.

We already have some amazing resources all to do with Insects.

Check out our MiniBeats topic tag where you’ll find a whole host of creepy crawlie resources.

I would recommend starting with our All About Minibeasts PowerPoint Show.

Perfect to teach young children about minibeasts. It gives you information about what minibeasts are, where they are found, how they move and why we shouldn’t kill them.

You will learn about 4 minibeasts in more detail: ants. spiders, bees and crabs and answer 4 questions to see what you have learnt about minibeasts.

International Day of Yoga – 21st June

People of all ages around the world will have different ways of relaxing.

Some people read books, some fall asleep in front of the TV, some listen to music, whilst some other people may prefer a more physical pursuit.

One of the best and oldest ways to release the tension building up in both the body and the mind is practising yoga.

The benefits of practising yoga have been widely recognised by the Western world for years, and the International Day of Yoga aims to continue informing people how dedicating a bit of time to the art of yoga can improve their lives.

Yoga Ninja!

Introducing our sixth “Mental Health Hero”! Yoga Ninja is ambushed by THE NEGATRON whilst she is meditating!

She is startled and scared when the powerful negative energy begins to surround her, but she finds space, calms her mind and uses her yoga skills to defeat it!

Enrol your children in the Wellbeing Academy and teach them how to use yoga and meditation to calm their minds and help them to focus, thus helping to defeat THE NEGATRON!

Read Yoga Ninja Blog!View Yoga Ninja Resources!

Wow! What a fantastic list of events! (If I do say so myself 🙂 )

Just to reiterate, this is by no means a full list of events for the summer term, we actually have a completely full calendar behind the scenes but we thought it best to shave it down somewhat.

I do implore you to explore this on your own as you may find some events which are more suited to your classroom or maybe an event which you already have prior knowledge about.

To help get you started, here is a selection of the websites which I utilise when beginning to plan out our calendar of events:

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