Red Nose Day is Back!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 17 March 2021 > Celebrate

Since 1988, British charity Comic Relief has been encouraging people to don a clown’s red nose and “do something funny for money”.  Red Nose Day is back on Friday 19 March and this time, it’s plastic free! In 2019, for the last Red Nose Day, Comic Relief received hundreds of letters from children and schools … Continue reading “Red Nose Day is Back!”

St Patrick’s Day on the Web

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 11 March 2021 > Webpicks

St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is a great time to inject some Irish culture into your classroom, with these videos, audio and interactive activities. Happy St Patrick’s Day – some of the figures may be a bit approximate in this promotional video, but it’s great for becoming familiar with some Irish traditions and traits, and … Continue reading “St Patrick’s Day on the Web”

Red Nose Day Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 10 March 2021 > Webpicks

Red Nose Day (19 March this year) encourages people to raise money for projects in the UK and the developing world by “doing something funny for money.” But it also aims to raise awareness of poverty, particularly among schoolchildren, who are massive supporters, along with school staff, of Red Nose Day. Here are a selection … Continue reading “Red Nose Day Webpicks”

Happy St Patrick’s!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 09 March 2021 > Celebrate

St Patrick’s Day, 17 March, is the Irish national day. But there are many communities of Irish origin around the world and on St Paddy’s Day, everyone is Irish! There is a large Irish community in the U.S. and the parades in Chicago and New York are famous. The Chicago River, and the Liffey in … Continue reading “Happy St Patrick’s!”

Guy Fawkes Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 October 2020 > Webpicks

To “remember, remember the fifth of November”, as a children’s rhyme says, A1+-level pupils can view a video, read about the tradition, and do an interactive activity. At A2-A2+, useful links can be made with the history curriculum, with an online game and fireworks to round off the subject.  It’s worth giving pupils a few … Continue reading “Guy Fawkes Webpicks”

Be a Sport!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 February 2020 > In the News

Brits are gearing up to raise money for charity with Sport Relief on 13 March. The high-energy version of Comic Relief is asking people to lace up their running shoes, put on their swimsuits or get on their bikes to tackle issues such as mental health stigma, domestic abuse, homelessness and poverty, both in the … Continue reading “Be a Sport!”

Sport Relief Teaching Materials

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 24 February 2020 > Webpicks

Sport Relief is from 9 to 13 March in the UK. Like its twin, Red Nose Day, it has always had a big educational element. Schools participate massively in fundraising, but the charity also provides lots of teaching materials so classes can learn about the problems Sport Relief funds are helping to tackle. The schools’ … Continue reading “Sport Relief Teaching Materials”

Sport Relief Webpicks

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 March 2018 > Webpicks

From schools playing Harry Potter-inspired quidditch matches, to mass runs and cycles, Sport Relief (17-23 March) provides plenty of themes for language learning: charities and solidarity, sport, exercise and health. Schools participate massively in Sport Relief, so there are lots of teaching resources. The ones for primary schools are best adapted for language learners. This … Continue reading “Sport Relief Webpicks”

Stepping Up

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 March 2018 > Celebrate

From 17 to 23 March, Britain is breaking out the running shoes and swimming costumes for Sport Relief, Red Nose Day’s sporting cousin. A whole lot of comics, celebrities, schools and the great British public will take on sporting challenges to raise money for those in need in Britain and some of the poorest communities … Continue reading “Stepping Up”