Commemorating Events Beyond Living Memory

Block G - National Days

Learn about events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally: events commemorated through festivals or anniversaries. Choose from our series of lively and creative blocks: find out about key commemorative days such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving Day, the first aeroplane flight, Shakespeare’s birthday, the Monarch’s official birthday, important National Days and Commonwealth Day.

Why do countries have special national days of celebration? Learn about the history behind important national days such as Canada Day, National day of Poland, Indian Republic Day, Peru Day and whether they celebrate unification or independence. Design a celebratory Google doodle for the national day of the country of your choice.

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Canada Day

Canada Day 1st July: Children will research Canada finding out more about the location, geography, culture, flora and fauna of the country. 

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02: Poland: National Independence Day

Poland: National Independence Day 11th November: Children will research Poland finding out more about the location, geography, culture flora and fauna of the country.

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03: India: National Days

India: Republic Day 26th January and Independence Day 15th August: Children will research India finding out more about the location, geography, culture flora and fauna of the country.

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04: Peru Fiestas Patrias

Peru: Fiestas Patrias 28th and 29th July: Children will research Peru finding out more about the location, geography, culture flora and fauna of the country.