Here at Bedrock HQ, we are really excited to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists for the Bett Awards 2019!
It’s coming home - but what does it mean?
Now I don’t know about you, but when I’m sitting in my living room to catch the mid-match half-time chit-chat as part of my weekly World Cup fix (can you tell I’m not a big football fan?), I often find myself at a complete loss as to what it is they’re actually talking about. Harry Kane spent that first half keeping ‘deep’, that premeditated foul should have been ‘carded’, free kick this, offside that... and can someone please tell me what on Earth a 'lob' is?
It began in 1910. Over one hundred women from seventeen different countries around the world agreed to meet in Copenhagen for what would be the second ever International Conference of Working Women. Numerous issues were discussed and debated, from universal suffrage to women’s pay. One woman, by the name of Clara Zetkin, brought forward the proposal for a global day for women, in which all women around the world should celebrate their contributions in unison, and push for their respective demands. The proposal was unanimously agreed upon. The next year, over one million men and women participated in rallies and campaigns to fight for “women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination”. International Women’s Day had begun.
This morning, I woke up with a very unusual impulse to come into work dressed as the Cat in the Hat. After a short moment of introspection, I realised that this could mean only one thing: IT’S WORLD BOOK DAY!
It’s Halloween! Every year, people celebrate the end of October by getting creative and trying to make the world as scary and creepy as possible. We splatter our necks in fake blood and cover our houses in cobwebs. But at Bedrock, one of our favourite things to do is to try and terrify each other by telling really spooky stories. That’s why we’ve created this list of ten spooky writing prompts that you can give to your students on Halloween.
Poetry doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Of course, we all have the household favourites: Plath, Eliot, Hughes (both Ted and Langston), or Dr Seuss (my personal hero). But on a daily basis, we probably don’t find ourselves raving about our favourite new poetry collections - at least not in the same way we do about novels, films and albums. That’s why, around this time every year, the Forward Arts Foundation works hard to give poetry the love it so desperately deserves. Last week, we had the Forward Prizes - dubbed as the ‘Oscars of poetry’ - awarding huge prizes to exciting contemporary names like Sinéad Morrissey and Ocean Vuong. Now, we have National Poetry Day, an event designed to get all of the UK involved with poems by “organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.”
As well as marking the beginning of the new school year, September celebrates the career and achievements of one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors: Roald Dahl.
Born on 13th September 1916, Dahl’s dark yet playful creations have been entertaining families and classrooms for over seven decades, introducing us to creatures like the Oompa Loompa, and transporting us to worlds as magical as the BFG’s Dream Country. For this reason, Dahl’s novels have always been popular amongst teachers and students. As That Boy Can Teach says, through Dahl’s many themes, “we have the opportunity to explore so much more: sadness, tolerance, difference, poverty, neglect, bullying, abuse, evil, animal cruelty, safety, unrequited love.”
Each year, on the anniversary of the author’s birth, Roald Dahl HQ organises festivities in numerous schools around the world, encouraging students to partake in their Dahl-themed parties and ‘Dahlicious Dress Up Days.’ Today, a year after the author’s centenary, celebrations are centred on the re-release of Billy and the Mintins – Dahl’s last published work – complete with brand new illustrations by lifelong collaborator Quentin Blake. In preparation for the event, a colourful party pack has been compiled, allowing students to design their own Marvellous Medicine or generate their own Dahlesque character-names (mine, for the record, is The Delumptious Bootboggler).
Topics: National Events
Every year, in an attempt to help improve reading and writing skills around the globe, UNESCO celebrates International Literacy Day on 8th September. For each of these annual events, they set a theme to discuss and explore. This year, the focus has shifted towards a distinctly 21st century issue: ‘Literacy in a digital world.’ So, whether you’re reading this on your laptop, phone or tablet, let’s have a think about how advanced technology has changed the way our students use and understand language.
Topics: National Events
Today is National Read a Book Day, which, as you might expect, is a day that encourages everyone – our students, colleagues, children, mothers and grandfathers – to pick up a book and start reading.