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Key dates to help you plan your lessons

Planning lessons for the term/s ahead?

Create some space in the timetable and use our list of awareness days and events (and accompanying teaching resources) to plan topical, engaging lessons.

We offer a range of resources on various topics which are suitable for primary and secondary teachers (covering ages 6–19).

Autumn 2017


Awareness day/event Resources
World First Aid Day
(9 September)
Each year, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world organise events to raise awareness of how first aid can save lives in everyday and crisis situations.  

Kick start the new school year by helping children and young people learn a valuable life skill and give them the confidence and willingness to act in an emergency with our first aid teaching resources: 

> Life. Live it. (ages 6–11)
> First aid learning for young people (ages 11–19)
Scottish Learning Festival
(20–21 September)
Come and see us at the Scottish Learning Festival, where we will be delivering an interactive session on teaching first aid to children and young people.
World Heart Day
(29 September)
Young people (ages 11–19) can learn the steps to take when helping someone who is having a heart attack in this first aid resource.
International Day of Disaster Reduction
(13 October)
Natural disasters: earthquakes (ages 11–19) helps students understand how people and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from earthquakes, with case studies, maps and eyewitness accounts from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.

Introduce younger learners (ages 6–9) to emergencies in this resource.
Global Hand Washing Day
(15 October)
Teach children and young people about clean water and sanitation with case studies from Kenya. 

> Action for clean water: primary (ages 9–11)
> Action for clean water: secondary (ages 13–16)
Restart A Heart Day
(16 October)
11–19 year olds can learn and practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other first aid skills for Restart a Heart Day with our first aid learning for young people resource (11–19 year olds).
Bonfire Night
(5 November)
Help teach children and young people the steps to take should their friends or family get burned this Bonfire Night:

> Life. Live it. (ages 6–11)
> First aid learning for young people (ages 11–19)
Arrmistice Day
(11 November)
Children and young people can uncover the human stories, emotions and feelings of World War One with our two resources based around impactful films: 

> Operation Ouch (ages 9–11) 
> The Unknown Soldier (ages 15–19)
International Volunteer Day
(5 December)
Celebrate the contribution and achievements of volunteers, and find out more about our opportunities for 15-25 year-olds.

You could also introduce children and young people to the concept of humanitarianism: 

> Introduction to humanity (ages 8–11)
> What is humanitarianism (ages 12–14)
> Humanitarianism in action (ages 14–19)
International Migrants Day
(18 December)
Help children and young people explore the assumptions surrounding the term 'migrant' and analyse the harmful effects of stigmatising behaviour. 

> Stigma and migration (10–13 year olds)
> Refugee Week resources (11–14 year olds)


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