Key dates to help you plan your lessons

Resource ideas linked to key dates and awareness days to help with lesson planning.

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Planning lessons for the term/s ahead?

Use our list of awareness days and events with the relevant teaching resources to plan topical, engaging lessons.

We offer a range of resources which are suitable for primary and secondary teachers covering ages 5-18.

Autumn Term

World First Aid Day
(14 September)

Each year, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world organise events and campaigns to raise awareness of how first aid can save lives in everyday and crisis situations. Use our resources to help children and young people learn a valuable life skill and equip them with the confidence they need to act in an emergency:

World Heart Day
(29 September)

Teach young people (ages 11-18) the steps to take when helping someone who is having a heart attack.

International Day of Disaster Reduction
(13 October)

Build a more resilient community at your school with these teaching resources:

  • The Pillowcase Project (ages 7-11) engages children in emergency preparedness for weather-related emergencies.
  • Natural disasters: earthquakes (ages 11-18) is a geography package which uses case studies from Nepal and Central Italy to help young people understand how individuals and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from earthquakes.

Restart a Heart Day
(16 October)

Join people around the world in learning essential life-saving skills. Our First aid learning for young people resource (ages 11-18) makes it easy for you to give learners the confidence to know what to do if they find someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.

Bonfire Night
(5 November)


Ensure children and young people know the steps to take if their family or friends get burned this Bonfire Night:


Remembrance Day
(11 November)


Commemorate the end of World War One in 1918 with these interactive teaching resources that use the British Red Cross’ digital archive and original source material:

World Kindness Day
(13 November)

Celebrate the power of kindness and encourage compassion by using our humanitarian lesson plans (ages 7-18) during your tutor time. Our kindness calendar (ages 7-11) and Go Bananas lesson plan (ages 11-16) are also great ways to introduce simple acts of kindness in the classroom.

International Volunteer Day
(5 December)

Inspire children and young people to take an interest in volunteering with our humanitarian resources:

Those over the age of 15 can also find out more about our opportunities for volunteer roles in the UK.

International Migrants Day
(18 December)

Help young people challenge assumptions around migrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and develop a sense of mutual respect, empathy and understanding:

Spring Term

National Heart Month

Give young people (aged 11–18) the skills, confidence and willingness to step in and help when someone is having a heart attack with this first aid teaching resource.

Safer Internet Day
(11 February)

Encourage your tutor group to think about the positives and negatives of social media and how to use it with kindness:

Red Hand Day
(12 February)

Introduce your citizenship or PSHE class to the plight of children forced to serve as soldiers by using these teaching resources:

Random Acts of Kindness Day
(17 February)

Celebrate the power of kindness, encourage compassion and introduce simple acts of kindness in your classroom on this popular national awareness day:

National Good Samaritan Day
(13 March)

This is a day for unselfish actions to help those in need, and to be kind to others. Use our first aid resources to explore the concept of the bystander effect, and help learners explore what happens when people don’t stop to help in an emergency:

World Health Day
(7 April)

For this day that brings attention to important health issues around the world, use our first aid resources to teach your class or tutor group about asthma, meningitis and more.


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