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Phonics baseline checklist

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Download our new phonics baseline checklist and tracker sheets.

Story Stars

Christmas Story Stars

Take a look at the Christmas Story Stars lesson plans.

This month

December 2017

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Charlie Chaplin (1987)

Charlie Chaplin (1987)

On this day in 1987, Charlie Chaplin’s cane and bowler hat were sold for a whopping £82,500. Enjoy an excerpt from a classic Chaplin film with your class.

Greenham Common peace protest (1982)

Greenham Common peace protest (1982)

In this 1982 women’s peace protest 30,000 women held hands, forming a human chain around the fence of Greenham Common airbase, protesting against the storage of nuclear weapons there.

St Lucy's Day/St Lucia's Day

St Lucy's Day/St Lucia's Day

A Christian feast day celebrated, particularly in Scandinavia, with processions of young girls holding candles. The youngest daughter wears a crown of candles and wakes the family to coffee and St Lucia buns (Lussekatt) which are made with saffron.

Monkey Day

Monkey Day

Monkey Day aims to raise awareness of issues related to simians, including medical research, animal rights, and evolution. Visit www.monkeyday. com

First version of basketball played (1891)

First version of basketball played (1891)

James Naismith introduced the first version of basketball, on this day in 1891. It had two teams of nine players, thirteen rules and balls were thrown into a peach basket nailed up at either end of his school’s gymnasium.

Boston Tea Party

Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea Party, when crates of tea were thrown into Boston harbour as a protest against the British-imposed Tea Act, occurred on this date in 1773, sparking the event which led to the American Revolution against British rule.

Wright brothers’ first flight

Wright brothers’ first flight

On this day Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered flight in the ‘Flyer’.

December 2017

Monday 18 Tuesday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 21 Friday 22 Saturday 23 Sunday 24
Steven Spielberg born (1946)

Steven Spielberg born (1946)

The director of ET, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones was born on this day in 1946

BBC World Service begins broadcasting (1932)

BBC World Service begins broadcasting (1932)

In 1932 the BBC World Service began broadcasting, as the BBC Empire Service.

Cardiff becomes Wales' capital city (1955)

Cardiff becomes Wales' capital city (1955)

On this day in 1955 Cardiff was proclaimed as the capital city of Wales.

Premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was premiere in the USA on this date in 1937 and was the first feature length colour animation produced in America.

Speed limit introduced to UK (1965)

Speed limit introduced to UK (1965)

A 70mph speed limit was applied to all rural roads, including motorways, for the first time in 1965.

First human kidney transplant performed (1954)

First human kidney transplant performed (1954)

The first human kidney transplant was performed on this day in 1954 by Dr Joseph E Murray in Boston, Massachusetts

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Hang up your stockings ready for Father Christmas.

December 2017

Monday 25 Tuesday 26 Wednesday 27 Thursday 28 Friday 29 Saturday 30 Sunday 31
Christmas Day

Christmas Day

The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ – celebrated with church services, the exchanging of presents and a Christmas feast. For lots of ideas and resources to help you with your festive planning at this busy time, visit Scholastic’s online bank of educational resources.

St Stephen's Day

St Stephen's Day

St Stephen was the first Christian martyr. We remember his feast day as part of the Christmas Carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’.

Louis Pasteur born (1822)

Louis Pasteur born (1822)

The French chemist famous for his breakthroughs in microbiology was born on this day in 1822.

 
William Gladstone born

William Gladstone born

On this day in 1809, the four-times Liberal Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was born in Liverpool. He died in 1898.

Rudyard Kipling born (1865)

Rudyard Kipling born (1865)

The author of The Jungle Book and the Just So Stories was born on this day in 1865

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Traditions celebrated in the UK on this day include ‘first footing’, where the first person to cross the threshold of a house after midnight brings a piece of coal and salt

January 2018

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