May 2022 Event Roundup
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.
As this will now be our third consecutive year of this format, starting from now, each month 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 month.
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.
Now then, let’s take a look at the not too distant future and see what is in store for us this month.
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.
Florence Nightingale’s Birthday – 12th May
Florence Nightingale was born on the 12th of May 1820 and died on the 13th of August 1910 and helped to make hospitals more sanitary places and even wrote books on how to succeed at being a good nurse.
Much of what we know about clean, organised hospital conditions today is thanks to Florence’s hard work and research. She began her nursing career during the Crimean War and campaigned for better hospital conditions for the wounded soldiers there.
She is considered the founder of modern nursing. She was also a well–educated statistician who introduced a more analytical approach to medical care.
We already have a lot of amazing resources to help you teach all about Florence Nightingale.
I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “Florence Nightingale Comprehension with Questions“.
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.
Queen Victoria’s Birthday – 24th May
Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London, on 24 May 1819. She was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent.
Her father died shortly after her birth and she became heir to the throne because the three uncles who were ahead of her in the succession – George IV, Frederick Duke of York, and William IV had no legitimate children.
Her reign saw the British Empire grow to become the first global industrial power, producing much of the world’s coal, iron, steel and textiles. The Victorian era saw revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, which shaped the world as we know it today.
She died at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight on January 22nd 1901
We’ve already got a collection of brilliant resources all about Queen Victoria.
I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “Queen Victoria Information PowerPoint”.
Learn about Victoria’s family, her empire and what British life was like in the Victorian era and how it changed for the better, reading text and looking at historical images. Finish with questions to talk about Queen Victoria.
National 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”.