Calendar: August 2018

  • Monday 30

    World Cup Day

    World Cup Day

    On this day in 1966, England won the World Cup! Check out our PE-themed activities.

  • Tuesday 31

    JK Rowling born

    JK Rowling born

    The author of the successful Harry Potter series was born on this day in 1965. See our activities and resources for inspiring creative writing.

  • Wednesday 01

    Lammas

    Lammas

    Festival of the first wheat harvest.

  • Thursday 02

     
  • Friday 03

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus

    On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus left for his voyage to discover America.

  • Saturday 04

    Anne Frank Discovered

    Anne Frank Discovered

    On this day in 1944, Anne Frank and her family were discovered hiding in a secret attic by the Nazis. Find out more.

    Online resources

  • Sunday 05

     
  • Monday 06

    Alfred Tennyson

    Alfred Tennyson

    On this day in 1809, this famous poet was born.

  • Tuesday 07

    Chimney Sweeps Act 1840

    Chimney Sweeps Act 1840

    The act prohibited the employment of children under 16 by chimney sweeps.

  • Wednesday 08

    Great Train Robbery (1963)

    Great Train Robbery (1963)

    In 1963 thieves held up a mail train in Buckinghamshire, stealing £2.6 million.

  • Thursday 09

    Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins (1173)

    Construction of the Tower of Pisa begins (1173)

    On this day in 1173 construction of the (Leaning) Tower of Pisa began. It took two centuries to complete.

  • Friday 10

    The UK's hottest day

    The UK's hottest day

    On this day in 2003, the town of Brogdale in Kent reached 38.5°C, the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK. Talk to the children about the importance of protecting themselves from the sun on hot summer’s days.

  • Saturday 11

    Enid Blyton's Birthday

    Enid Blyton's Birthday

    Popular children’s author, born on this day in 1897. On-line resources

  • Sunday 12

    Most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

    Most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered

    On this day in 1990, ‘Sue’ – the most complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex – was discovered in South Dakota.

  • Monday 13

    John Logie Baird born (1888)

    John Logie Baird born (1888)

    John Logie Baird, the first person to demonstrate a working television was born on this day in 1888.Online resources

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  • Wednesday 15

    End of World War II

    End of World War II

    On this day in 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration, effectively ending World War II. Find war-themed activities and resources.

  • Thursday 16

    Elvis Presley dies (1977)

    Elvis Presley dies (1977)

    ‘King of Rock and Roll’ Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 on this day in 1977

  • Friday 17

    First hot air balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1978)

    First hot air balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (1978)

    On this day in 1978 three American balloonists made the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by hot air balloon.

  • Saturday 18

    National Fire Service established (1941)

    National Fire Service established (1941)

    Created in August 1941 by the merger of the national Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and local authority fire brigades. Resources about fire

  • Sunday 19

    Liberation of Paris - World War II (1944)

    Liberation of Paris - World War II (1944)

    An uprising by the French resistance against the occupying German army began on this day in 1944.

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  • Tuesday 21

    James Cook claims Australia (1770)

    James Cook claims Australia (1770)

    On this day in 1770 Captain James Cook claimed ‘New South Wales’ in eastern Australia for Great Britain.

  • Wednesday 22

    First English Civil War begins

    First English Civil War begins

    The first English Civil War, between the Parliamentarians and Royalists, began on this date in 1642.

  • Thursday 23

    Abolition of the slave trade

    Abolition of the slave trade

    Today is UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

  • Friday 24

     
  • Saturday 25

    Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

    Galileo Galilei demonstrates first telescope

    On this day in 1609, Galileo demonstrated the first telescope. Why not investigate in class how a telescope allows us to see objects more closely?

  • Sunday 26

    Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

    Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain

    On this day in 55BC, Caesar’s army invaded Britain for the first time. Take a look at our resources on the Romans.

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  • Thursday 30

    Antony Gormley

    Antony Gormley

    On this date in 1950, the British sculptor was born. He is famous for his public works, such as The Angel of the North.

  • Friday 31

    Diana, Princess of Wales dies

    Diana, Princess of Wales dies

    Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on this day in 1997.

  • Saturday 01

    World War II begins in Europe

    World War II begins in Europe

    Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler invaded Poland, on this date in 1939, beginning the war in Europe. Explore our war-themed activities and resources.

  • Sunday 02

    Great Fire of London

    Great Fire of London

    More than 13,000 houses and 87 churches including St Paul’s Cathedral were destroyed in the fire which took place in London in 1666. It was finally put out on 6th September. Take a look at our Great Fire of London resources.