Assemblies

The Day wants to help you bring the news to life — in classrooms and during weekly assemblies. That is why we will be providing PDF presentation slides and accompanying notes on an important news story each week. They will include photos, videos and discussion questions to help your students think deeply about current affairs.

Wildfires

Is climate change to blame for wildfires? Huge blazes have broken out in Australia and California in recent weeks. Scientists say that we must stop burning fossil fuels in order to stop the extreme weather getting even worse.

Anti-bullying week

What should you do if you are worried about bullying? Anti-bullying week begins on Monday. Bullying takes many different forms, some of which are more obvious than others, but they are all very hurtful for the victim.

The magic of fireworks

Why do we love fireworks? On 5 November every year, the UK celebrates bonfire night. People up and down the country gather for incredible fireworks displays. Where did this tradition come from, and is it a waste of money?

Plastic pollution

Can we save our oceans from plastic? An explorer completed the deepest ever solo dive, descending seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. While he was there, he spotted a plastic bag and sweet wrappers.

The Queen and her crown

Queen Elizabeth had an important job on Monday: delivering a speech to open parliament. Amid all the pomp and ceremony, some people noticed that she was wearing an unusual crown. Why?

Protest

London and other cities have been blocked by protestors all week. They want to draw attention to the climate crisis and believe that this is the only way to do it. But many feel they are wrong to cause disruption.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur means Day of Atonement. It is the most sacred and solemn day in the Jewish calendar. It is a day to reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness for any sins. Jews do not work or go to school on this day.

The inspiring Lady Hale

Lady Hale is the first ever female president of the Supreme Court, which made a historic decision this week. From her state school in Yorkshire, Lady Hale rose to become the UK's top judge. For her whole career, she has worked hard to make the law fairer for everyone.

The Channel Challenge

What is persistence? This week, Sarah Thomas swam across the English Channel four times in a row. Even when she faced jellyfish, illness and strong currents, she did not give up.

The Moon Landing

What lessons can we learn from the first ever Moon landing, which happened 50 years ago this month? President Nixon called it “the greatest week in the history of the world since its creation”. It took thousands of scientists almost ten years to get it right.

Why it's okay to have fun

Should we feel guilty about having fun? The school year is almost over and it is time to enjoy ourselves. Psychologists say that it is important to do things purely because they are fun!

Robot Revolution

Should we welcome the rise of robot workers? This week, a company called Oxford Economics predicted that up to 20 million jobs could be replaced by robots by 2030. However, new technologies could create jobs in other areas.

Humanism

Do we still need religion? June 21 is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year — and World Humanist Day. Humanists do not believe in God. They think that science, not religion, explains the world around us.

Anne Frank

What can we learn from Anne Frank? This Wednesday Anne Frank would have turned 90. She once wrote that “in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” What does this teach us?

The Queen's birthday

Do we need a royal family? This weekend, the Queen celebrates her official birthday when she appears on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. She is 93 years old.