March 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.
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 off this jam packed month
We actually have two amazing events that run through the entire course of March
Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March since 1987, the event originated in the US but in recent years, the celebrations have spread all over the globe.
A good example is International Women’s Day; Which is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women, which took place for the first time on March 8, 1911.
Many countries around the world celebrate the holiday with demonstrations, educational initiatives and customs such as presenting women with gifts and flowers.
The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women’s History Month. The 2022 theme is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.
This theme is “both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history.”
We already have a huge amount of really beautiful resources to help get your classroom ready for Women’s History Month.
I would recommend starting by taking a look at our “Emmeline Pankhurst Information Text and Comprehension“.
This resource is a teacher must-have for learning about Emmeline Pankhurst. Written so that the children can read it by themselves or as part of a whole class read, it allows children to learn about who Emmeline Pankhurst was and why she was famous.
Creative Writing Month
The World Creative Writing Month is a global writing competition, run by Night Zookeeper, that invites classrooms from all over to write as many stories as they can during the month of March.
During last years competition alone, over 6 million words were written.
Night Zookeeper is an online platform that inspires children to express themselves and to be creative writers. The website inspires and engages children, nurturing a love of writing as they develop core skills across the curriculum.
Teachers choose from thousands of interactive lessons from a broad curriculum range and send it to students to access online. Students write, read and draw their way around the Night Zoo as they become publishers of their own creative ideas.
Curriculum content delivered in this way motivates even reluctant students. Work can also be published on a class blog which gives the students a sense of audience and purpose for their writing for further motivation.
We have just recently published a fantastic collection of resources to help you and your class learn all about writing and storytelling.
Every great story starts with a great character – and we have just the resource for you to help your class get started on their writing journey.
Following on we have:
St David’s Day
The history of the Patron saint of Wales is steeped in mystery and awe.
Said to have been born during a storm on a cliff-top in Pembrokeshire.
St David was said to have lived a simple life, being brought up to be a priest from a young age, choosing to live as a vegetarian and performing several miracles throughout his lifetime.
We had a lot of fun researching and creating these resources in time for St David’s Day and we hope you and your class also have some fun by partaking in some of the Welsh traditions or trying some Welsh dishes.
In order to get started for the day, I would recommend downloading our “St David’s Day Information Text and Comprehension” and getting the children on researching some interesting facts on their own about the Patron Saint of Wales.
World Book Day
An event that I’m sure needs no introduction!
World Book Day will be celebrating its 25th birthday in 2022; and we hope to see lots and lots of photos of amazing school displays and classrooms filled with heads in books, reading away.
For those not in the know: World Book Day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading.
It is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.
The first World Book Day in the UK and Ireland took place in 1997 to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.
As World Book Day founder, Baroness Gail Rebuck recalls,
“We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives.”
Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved.
That’s why World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries.
To help you and your class get started, I would recommend taking a look at all we have to offer for World Book Day 2022.
British Science Week
British Science Week is a 10-day programme of thousands of events running throughout the whole of the UK, with the aim of celebrating science, engineering, technology and maths.
British Science Week is coordinated by the British Science Association and is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
With no restrictions on who can organise events, the topics, the audience or the venue, the resulting programme is a hugely varied and eclectic mix suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
Currently, we have a whole range of science resources available through our Create Science scheme, which is constantly being updated with new resources throughout the year.
Our science curriculum is like no other, getting the children to adopt the roles of various scientists as they work their way through each area of the science curriculum.
Discover a world of science teaching resources, activities and lesson planning, linked directly with the National Curriculum to help you teach a full year of science.
Within the Science unit, there are 8 lessons to follow, all of which come with planning, activities and teaching aids. In addition, you will find, knowledge organisers, display resources, assessment activities and a 5-week planning overview.
Where appropriate, the children will also learn about real-life people within the field of science. By the time children reach year 6, they will investigate and debate who they think has made the greatest contribution to the field of science.
C.R.E.A.T.E. Science is all about working scientifically, using real skills and types of enquiry and this is reflected in our chosen project name:
- Research, report and record
- Ask relevant questions and analyse findings
- Test in a fair way
- Explore and Enquire
World Poetry Day
World Poetry Day was adopted on the 21st of March by UNESCO in 1999.
It is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities.
It also supports linguistic diversity through poetic expression and offers endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.
Get creative when you are planning how you will celebrate World Poetry Day in your school:
- Organise readings of poems from different cultures
- Investigate different forms of poem, such as the Japanese Haiku or the Arabic Ruba’i
- You could run a poetry competition! ask them to submit poems they’ve written themselves at school or at home. Announce the winners on Poetry Day
- Invite a local poet into school to create some exitement about poetry.
- If this isn’t possible, simply showing videos in assembly – such as performances from Michael Rosen will still be a good way to generate some excitement around the day
I would recommend starting with our ‘What is a poem? Guide for Children’
Which is brilliant when teaching KS1 children about what poetry and poems are.
This resource briefly outlines rhythm, rhyme and alliteration and is a great teaching aid for teachers.
A day for all people, of any age, to show their mothers just how much we love them.
A smile and an “I love you” goes a long way, but Mother’s Day is the day when people will try and go that extra mile to show their mother just how much they are loved.
We already have a handful of fantastic resources for Mother’s Day.
I have to recommend taking a look at our ‘Mother’s Day Flower Craft‘, as it was one of our favourites to make.
Alongside this, we also have a helpful Make It With Meg video going through our guide, step by step which you could follow along in your class.
Van Gogh’s Birthday
An artist and an inspiration to many all around the world, his life story is one of unrecognised talent: having sold only one painting whilst he was alive.
Born 30th March 1853. One of the most poignant examples of the starving artist struggling for recognition.
Yet despite his tragic life, he never gave up in his quest to become a great painter; and he is now regarded as one of the great painters of the art world.
There is much more to Van Gogh than his paintings of sunflowers, and very much more for the children to learn than simply redrawing some of his paintings.
If you are looking at starting a Van Gogh display for your classroom, then I would highly recommend taking a look at our Knowledge Organiser.
A fantastic two-page knowledge organiser on the incredible Vincent Van Gogh. This resource could be downloaded and laminated to place on desks when studying Van Gogh, or featured within a display.
We also have individual fact cards, a fact file, and quote posters that could be used within a display.