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Key dates to help you plan your lessons

Planning lessons for the term/s ahead?

Create some space in the timetable and use our list of awareness days and events (and accompanying teaching resources) to plan topical, engaging lessons.

We offer a range of resources on various topics which are suitable for primary and secondary teachers (covering ages 6–19).

Spring 2017


Awareness day/event Resources
Holocaust Memorial Day
(27 January)
Holocaust Memorial Day (ages 11–16)
National Storytelling Week
(30 January–6 February)
Emergency flood (ages 6–9)
Teach children about flooding with the storytelling/literacy exercise.
National Heart Month
First aid learning for young people (ages 11–19)
Use the skill guides to teach young people how to help someone who is having a heart attack.
Burns Awareness Week
(5–11 February)
Life. Live it. (ages 6–11)
Children can learn how to help someone who has a burn with this popular first aid resource.
Red Hand Day
A worldwide initiative to stop the use of child soldiers
(12 February)
Child soldier (ages 11–16)
Rules of war (ages 14–16)
World Book Day
(2 March)
Stigma and migration (ages 10–13)
Includes a list of books that explore migration, stigma and discrimination.

Over Under Sideways Down (ages 10–19)
A comic book about a young refugee's journey to the UK which explores identity, alienation and the value of friendship.
National Good Samaritan Day
(13 March)
First aid learning for young people (ages 11–19)
Includes activities about the bystander effect – a situation where many people see someone in need of help but no-one steps forward to help.
World Water Day
(22 March)
Clean water – primary (ages 9 –11)
Clean water – secondary (ages 13–16)
World Health Day
(7 April)
First aid learning for young people (ages 11–19)
Covers a range of health issues, including asthma, meningitis and other first aid skills.

Summer 2017


Awareness day/event Resources
Red Cross Week
8 May is Red Cross founder Henry Dunant's birthday
(7–13 May)
Celebrate all the Red Cross does to help people in crisis; use our teaching resources to explore the concept of humanitarianism, or get involved through fundraising.

> Introduction to humanity (ages 8–11)
> What is humanitarianism (ages 12–14)
> Humanitarianism in action (ages 14–19)
Walk to School Week
(15–19 May)
Walking to school (ages 10–11)
Child Safety Week
(5–11 June)
Life. Live it. (ages 6–11)
Children can use films and games to learn how to stay safe in this popular resource.
Refugee Week
(19–23 June)
Celebrate the contribution refugees make to the UK and encourage a better understanding between communities.

This year's theme is ‘our shared future’. Our 2017 resource will be published in May.

Previous resources include:

> Refugee Week 2016 – Welcome (ages 11–14)
> Refugee Week 2015 – Celebrate (ages 14–19)
> Refugee Week 2014 – Identity (ages 10–19)
International Friendship Day
(30 July)
Introduction to humanity (ages 8–11)
Help your class reflect on the word 'humanity', the idea of 'shared humanity' and helping others.


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