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Teaching Ideas Event Calendar

The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in October 2015. 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.

January February March April May June July August September October November December
Sukkot Sukkot (27th September to 4th October)
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.
National Day of the People's Republic of China 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 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 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 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.
World Animal Day 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.
World Space Week 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 World Teachers' Day (5th)
World Teachers' Day is celebrated annually on 5 October. The event celebrates teachers worldwide.
No Pens Wednesday No Pens Wednesday (7th)
Have a full day at school without using pens or any written activities.
Columbus Day Columbus Day (12th)
The anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492, is celebrated in many countries.
Navaratri Navaratri (start) (13th)
Navaratri is one of the greatest Hindu festivals. It symbolises the triumph of good over evil.
Ada Lovelace Day Ada Lovelace Day (13th)
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Battle of Hastings 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.
Al-Hijira Al-Hijira (14th)
Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram.
Global Handwashing Day 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.
One World Week One World Week (18th to 25th)
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.
Trafalgar Day Trafalgar Day (21st)
Trafalgar day commemorates the British Naval Victory at Trafalgar in 1805. It is marked by a parade through Trafalgar Square in London.
Dussehra Dussehra (22nd)
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.
Yom Kippur Yom Kippur (22nd to 23rd)
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.
Ashura Ashura (24th)
Ashura has been a day of fasting for Sunni Muslims since the days of the early Muslim community.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Daylight Saving Time Ends (25th)
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 Halloween (31st)
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.
Bug Busting Day 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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