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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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

Back to school

Help children and young people to cope with the return to school with our series of back to better resources. Look at how they prepare for the return to school, cope with the changes and challenges and develop their resilience.

World First Aid Day
(12 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 First aid champions (ages 5-18) 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.

Black History Month  (October)

We have published new resources to celebrate Black History Month. You can use our talking with children and young people about race and racism to help talk to children and young people about race and racism and develop their understanding and awareness. 

You can also explore Black British history through our fascinating online exhibition of Black humanitarians at the British Red Cross.

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 champions 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 with our First aid champions (ages 5-18) resource. 


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 7-18) is a great way 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:


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