The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in October 2014. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|National Day of the People's Republic of China (1st)
The National Day of China has been celebrated since 1949. It is marked with public events such as fireworks and concerts.
|Black History Month (1st to 31st)
Black History Month aims to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage and to disseminate information on positive black contributions to British society
|Walk to School Month (1st to 31st)
October is International Walk to School Month and over 40 countries will be encouraging children to ditch the school run!
|The Big Draw (1st October to 2nd November)
The Big Draw is a campaign for drawing with one aim: to get everyone drawing! Why? Drawing helps us to think, invent and communicate – regardless of age and ability.
Hindus in India celebrate the festival of Dussehra. The festival celebrates the triumph of the Hindu god Ram over the demon king Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.
|World Animal Day (4th)
World Animal Day was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species.
|Yom Kippur (4th)
Yom Kippur is the most sacred and solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It means Day of Atonement. It's a day to reflect on the past year and ask God's forgiveness for any sins.
|World Space Week (4th to 10th)
This is the largest space event in the world and is the ideal time for teachers to use space in the classroom to excite students about learning.
|World Teachers' Day (5th)
World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on 5 October. The event celebrates teachers worldwide.
|Sukkot (8th to 15th)
Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God took special care of them under impossible conditions.
|Ada Lovelace Day (14th)
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
|Battle of Hastings (14th)
The Battle of Hastings took place on 14 October 1066. It was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman conquest of England.
|No Pens Wednesday (15th)
Have a full day at school without using pens or any written activities. Download an activity pack, Year 1 sample lesson plans and Secondary sample lesson plans.
Eid-ul-Adha is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. It remembers the prophet Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to.
|Global Handwashing Day (15th)
Global Handwashing Day is the centrepiece of a week of activities that aim to mobilise millions of people to wash their hands with soap.
Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram.
|One World Week (20th to 27th)
Each year, "The Week" is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to come together to learn about global justice, to spread that learning and to use it to take action for justice locally and globally.
Diwali is perhaps the most well-known of the Hindu festivals. Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps.
|Daylight Saving Time Ends (26th)
The clocks go back by one hour in the UK. This gives us more daylight in the morning, but less in the evening. The time is Greenwich Mean Time.
Halloween is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties and carving jack-o'-lanterns.
|National Bug Busting Day (31st)
National Bug Busting Day is one of three national days when people are encouraged to help prevent lice from circulating from head to head and back again.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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