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August 26, 2021

Important Dates For Schools: Plan Your Academic Year!

Important dates for schools - academic year 2021-2022

Diaries at the ready, teachers! Every year there are important dates for schools that take over your halls and captivate your classes.

From Anti-Bullying Week to World Book Day, the magic of Christmas to the wonder of British Science Week, there’s plenty for teachers and pupils to dive into. To help plan your 2021-2022 school year, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite annual events. Plus, ideas on how you can celebrate them!

Remember, our primary school workshops can take place both in-person and online. However your school chooses to celebrate, we have your creative needs covered! Here are the key dates to look out for this academic year.

Primary workshops for Black History Month: online and in schools.

Black History Month: October 2021

First celebrated in the UK in 1987, Black History Month encourages schools around the country to discover black history, legacy and achievements. From the civil rights movement in America to the Windrush generation in the UK, there’s loads to explore and even more to consider.

Put yourself in Martin Luther King Jr’s shoes for a read-through of his iconic “I Have A Dream’ speech. Discuss famous songs from the civil rights movement and what the lyrics could have meant for people at the time. Or, dust off your dancing shoes and learn unique dances from African nations.

In-school workshops:

Black History (KS2)
The Long Walk to Freedom: Nelson Mandela (KS2)
Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks: Black History (KS1)
Dance Africa (KS1 & KS2)
African Drumming (KS1 & KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Rosa Parks (KS1 & KS2)
The Kingdom of Benin (KS2)
Mary Seacole (KS1 & KS2)
Dance Africa (KS1 & KS2)

key dates remembrance day

Remembrance Day: 11 November 2021

Commemorated annually on 11 November (the day World War 1 ended in 1918), Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us all to remember both World Wars and the brave soldiers who fought in them.

‘The Great War’ (as it is often known) was a significant turning point in British history. Service and sacrifice are two thought-provoking themes that often arise when we dwell on this period of history. In addition to exploring the lives of soldiers in battle, Remembrance Day gives us the chance to discuss the concepts of hope, peace and shared future.

In-school workshops:

World War 1 (KS2)
World War 1: A-Z (KS1)
World War 2 (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

World War 2, Into the Bunker (KS2)

key dates anti bullying

Anti-Bullying Week: 15-19 November 2021

Anti-Bullying Week in November is a key date in primary school calendars. A week chock-full of activities, assemblies and open discussions, your pupils will get to grips with what bullying is and the forms it can take. Most importantly, Anti-Bullying Week is a time to discuss how our behaviour can affect others and the responsibility we all have to take a stand against bullying.

As members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, we’re proud to deliver the anti-bullying message to primary schools around the UK. This year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word‘. There are oodles of resources available on the Anti-Bullying Week website, plus our popular Anti-Bullying workshops for KS1 and KS2.

In-school workshops:

One Kind Word – Anti-Bullying Week 2021 (KS1 & KS2)
United Against Bullying (KS1 & KS2)
Change Starts With Us (KS1 & KS2)
R.E.S.P.E.C.T (KS1 & KS2)
Being Different, Belonging Together (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Change Starts With Us (KS1 & KS2)

key dates christmas

Merry Christmas!: December 2021

The trees are up, the tinsel is out and the smell of mince pies is in the air. Yes, it can only be Christmas! Christmas is one of the most important dates for schools and a most wonderful time of the year to celebrate culture, history and tradition.

We love to team the festive season with the magic of Christmases past. Therefore, we invite your pupils to join us and step foot into a Victorian Christmas! Discover which historic creations have shaped the way we celebrate Christmas today. Turkey? Trees? Tinsel? Let’s find out!

In-school workshops:

A Victorian Christmas (KS2)
Plus, keep your eyed peeled for an exciting new Christmas 2021 workshop!

key dates chinese new year

Chinese New Year: 1 February 2022

Also known as The Spring Festival, Chinese New Year marks the start of the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It heralds an almighty cultural celebration in China, where families come together to clean their homes, share delicious food, launch fireworks, shop at open-air markets and enjoy traditional dances.

Top fact: every year is marked by one of 12 animal zodiacs and 2022 will be the Year of the Tiger!

In-school workshops:

Chinese Ribbon Dancing (KS1 & KS2)
Myths & Legends (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Chinese New Year (EYFS, KS1 & KS2)

key dates safer internet day

Safer Internet Day: 8 February 2022

When it comes to important dates for schools, Safer Internet Day is near the top of the list. As any teacher knows, educating children about how to stay safe online is a huge consideration in our modern world. Safer Internet Day promotes both the positive use of digital technology, as well as the potential dangers we need to look out for.

Whether your pupils are avid gamers, social media maestros or experts in online entertainment, we want to help them enjoy the internet as responsibly as possible. We have a fantastic range of Online Safety workshops for primary schools, each themed to meet your school’s needs. You’ll also find top tips, videos and lesson plans on the Safer Internet Day website.

In-school workshops:

#HAVEYOURSAY – social media (KS2 & KS3)
Be Kind Online – online bulling (KS2)
Captain Digi – cyber security (KS1)
Cyber-Heroes – online gaming (KS1)
Don’t Talk to Strangers – online grooming (KS2)
Game Over – online gaming (KS2)
Into the Screen KS1 and Into the Screen KS2 – online privacy (KS1 & KS2)
It’s Up to You #008 – cyber security (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Captain Digi (KS1)
Online World (KS2)

key dates world book day

World Book Day: 3 March 2022

We all have a favourite story, right? The one that fires our imagination, fills us with wonder and lets our spirit soar? Books have a huge part to play in our lives and World Book Day is the perfect time to celebrate those stories that mean the most to us.

The World Book Day website has many ideas for how schools can get involved, ranging from creating props to visiting local bookshops. One of our favourite activities is creating a soundscape to match a story being read aloud. Instruments are great, but why not get your hands on some recycled materials for added fun?!

In-school workshops:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (KS1)
Macbeth (KS2)
Romeo & Juliet (KS2)
Dragon Tales (KS1 & KS2)
Fairytales (KS1)
The Jungle Book (KS1 & KS2)
Treasure Island (KS2)
Myths & Legends (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Fairy Forest Footsteps (EYFS & KS1)
Little Flopsy Rabbit (EYFS & KS1)
Macabre Macbeth (KS1 & KS2)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (KS1)
Macbeth (KS2)
Shakespearean Language Taster (KS2)
The Jungle Book (KS1 & KS2)

key dates science week

British Science Week: 11-20 March 2022

Science is an awe-inspiring, mind-boggling, gut-swooping subject. With space, animals, rockets, forces, robots and more all at our scientific disposal, British Science Week is a great occasion to gather your pupils and explore what you can create together.

Resource packs designed especially for EYFS, primary and secondary classes are available via the website. Or for interactive discovery galore, take a look at our exciting STEM school workshops below. What will you uncover?

In-school workshops:

Arctic & Antarctic KS1 and Arctic & Antarctic KS2 (KS1 & KS2)
Earthquakes & Volcanoes (KS2)
Inventors & Inventions (KS2)
Forces & Magnets (KS2)
Living Things (KS1)
Our Carbon Footprint (KS1)
Our Diverse World (KS1 & KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

The Water Cycle (KS2)
Animals – Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores (KS1)
Healthy Living (EYFS & KS1)
States of Matter (KS2)
Electricity – Benjamin Franklin (KS2)
Forces – Resistance (KS2)
Space – The Moon Landing (KS2)
Weather & Seasons (EYFS & KS1)

Holi Festival: 19 March 2022

Bright, bold and brimming with ancient history, the Hindu festival of Holi is a wonderful introduction to cultural celebrations around the world. Also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’, Holi celebrates the arrival of spring and triumph of good over evil.

Religious ceremonies are held and the Hindu god, Krishna, is celebrated. However, Holi is also a time for fun. Street processions, dancing, singing and bucketloads of brightly coloured powder – safe to say this annual event is totally unique!

In-school workshops:

Holi Festival (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Holi, Festival of Colours (KS2)

key dates shakespeare

Shakespeare Week: 21-27 March 2022

The late, great William Shakespeare shaped reading and writing in Britain. More than 400 years after he lived, his plays continue to be read by schools around the world and have made a huge contribution to English literature as we know it.

Shakespeare Week is especially targeted at giving primary age children their first introduction to Shakespeare, his unique characters, stories and language. An engaging pathway to the plays of the Bard, get your whole school involved with our workshops or teaching resources developed by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

In-school workshops:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (KS1)
Macbeth (KS2)
Romeo & Juliet (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Macabre Macbeth (KS1 & KS2)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (KS1)
Macbeth (KS2)
Shakespearean Language Taster (KS2)

key dates mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week: 13-20 May 2022

At One Day we’re committed to opening up the conversation around mental health. We believe that an understanding of wellbeing and self-care is important and achievable at any age.

Teaching children empathy, self-awareness and resilience can help build a kinder, more inclusive, world. Mental Health Awareness Week says that by tackling stress, “we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression”. It all begins with education and there’s plenty of further advice on the official website.

In-school workshops:

Mindfulness: Mindful Superheroes (KS1)
Mindfulness: Mindful Humans (KS2)
Mindfulness: Importance of Sleep (KS2)
Mindfulness: Year 6 Exam Stress (KS2)
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds (KS2)
Resilience & Staff Wellbeing (adult)
Mirror, Mirror – body image (KS2)
Dream Big – transition (KS2)

Online workshops available on Uno:

Creative Mindfulness – Under The Sea (KS1)
Creative Mindfulness (KS2)

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