February 2022 Event Roundup
Since the beginning of 2020, alongside our larger curriculum style resources that we all know and love, we began to create individual packs of resources for events that are happening all around the world throughout the entire year.
As this will now be our third consecutive year of this format, starting from now, each month we will be creating these Roundup blogs to help you with some quick and concise ideas about events that are going to be happening in the coming month.
We will be hand-selecting up to 6 events for each month’s blog, but please do take the time to research any alternative events that are upcoming that you feel could slot in with your current teaching plan.
A little insider information – we currently have a growing list of over 200 events that are taking place in the coming year, so there would be plenty to choose from if you wanted to plan your own events list.
Now then, let’s take a look at the not too distant future and see what is in store for us this month.
To kick everything off, right at the start of February we have:
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China and a major event in some other East Asian countries (Lunar New Year is known as Seollal in South Korea, Tet in Vietnam, and Tsagaan Sar in Mongolian).
Lunar New Year celebrations are being held more and more in Western cities in recent years too, like New York, London, Vancouver, and Sydney.
Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors, and it has also become a time to feast and to visit family members.
The celebrations traditionally last about two weeks in total, from Chinese New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the lunar year. Regional customs and traditions vary widely but share the same theme: seeing out the old year and welcoming in the luck and prosperity of a new year.
We already have a lot of really beautiful resources to help get your classroom ready for Chinese New Year.
I would recommend starting by taking a look at our recently published “Chinese New Year Texting Video“
To follow we have:
Rosa Parks Birthday
On December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and sparked the American Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century.
She stayed involved in the civil rights movement throughout her lifetime, aligning with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the 1960s, and then the Black Power movement in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she co-founded the Raymond and Rosa Parks Institute for Self-Development, which educates young people about the civil rights movement.
We already have a fantastic selection of resources to help you teach your class all about Rosa Parks and the wider movement that she was a part of.
My personal favourite is the Rosa Parks Comprehension and Information Text as it’s a great starting point for anyone who maybe isn’t aware of who Rosa Parks was.
Children’s Mental Health Week
Place2Be launched the first-ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Going strong now for over half a decade, we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.
Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential.
However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.
At Teacher’s Pet, we have a HUGE amount of resources all to do with Children’s Mental Health
We have our ever-expanding Wellbeing Hub.
We first launched a BRAND NEW set of resources back in 2020, designed to give you everything you need to focus on health and wellbeing in school or at home for all 36 weeks of the school year, from Nursery through to year 6.
So far we have brought you the Monsters of Monster Lane, The Wellbeing Academy Superheroes, and our Wellbeing Flock. And our most recent addition of Waves of Wellbeing.
Waves of Wellbeing is themed around creatures from the sea. Rather than being story-based, this scheme uses factual information about the different creatures to relate to different wellbeing themes such as coping with changes, tackling bullying, understanding grief and more with weekly resources, animations and PowerPoint shows!
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively.
This year Safer Internet Day 2022 takes place on the 8th of February and will be celebrated with the theme ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online‘.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
To help you and your class get started, I would recommend using our ‘We are Internet Detectives PowerPoint‘. This resource is available for both KS1 as well as KS2.
As well as our Safer Internet Day resources, we also have a large array of resources designed all-around how to be a ‘Buddy Bot‘ as well as how to use technology and stay safe whilst online.
Love Your Pet Day Day
Teaching children how to look after pets from a young age is very important. It can teach them about responsibility and patience as well as many other valuable life lessons.
Pets can come in all shapes and sizes and are much more varied than just dogs or cats. In fact, in the UK it is becoming more and more popular to keep domestic fowl, such as chickens, as a pet. Snakes and lizards are also becoming more of a popular choice as a pet.
I would recommend starting with our ‘How to care for Pets Posters and Questions‘
Star Count Week
The best way to see how many stars we can all see in the sky is to… well, count them!
So during one week in February, the CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) is asking people from all across the country to become ‘citizen scientists’ and look heavenwards. Join in by choosing a clear night between the 26 February and 6 March 2022 and become a stargazer.
With brilliant support from the British Astronomical Association, the CPRE are asking you to look up at the constellation Orion and tell them how many stars you can count.
Don’t worry; they’ll give plenty of support on how to do this.
Once you’ve done your star–spotting, they’ll share a form with you where you can quickly and easily send your count – and then they get busy with their number-crunching.
Your results from Star Count will help them make a map of where star-spotters are enjoying deep, dark skies. By showing on a map where light pollution is most serious, they can work with local councils and others to decide what to do about it.
Better still, Star Count is also a great way to switch off from the distractions of daily life and reconnect with nature. Look up at the cosmos and… breathe.
We already have a handful of fantastic resources all aimed to help you and your class get started with Star Count Week; I’m happy to say that we also have some new resources coming very soon – so keep an eye out for when they go live on our site.
To help you get started, I would recommend taking a look at our ‘Guide on How to Stargaze‘.
International Polar Bear Day
Right now, polar bear mums and their newborn cubs are snuggled together in snow dens across the Arctic.
Denning is the most vulnerable time in a polar bear’s life. And in a warming Arctic, where polar bears already face enormous challenges, the survival of every single cub is critically important.
Polar bear cubs are born in winter in dens hidden under the snow. At birth, they are blind, weigh about half a kilogram, and have only a light layer of fur to protect them from the cold. Families remain in the den until early spring when the cubs are finally large enough to survive the rigours of outside Arctic conditions.
Keeping moms and cubs safe, while also addressing climate warming, is a critical part of Polar Bears International’s work on behalf of polar bears—and your support can make a real difference.
I would recommend starting off with our ‘Polar Bear Information and Comprehension Text‘. Children will learn about the polar bear’s anatomy, their habitat and their diet as well as how their population is declining due to climate change.