October – National Poetry Day

Our students have enjoyed listening to a range of poems linked to this years theme of ‘Vision’

We have also displayed this years poetry around the school for everyone to enjoy.

Follow this link to enjoy #nationalpoetryday at home too



October - BNF Healthy Eating Week

The aim of the week is to bring the UK together for a dedicated week, focusing on key health messages and promoting healthy habits. This year’s health challenges are:

  • Eat more wholegrains (Monday)
  • Vary your veg (Tuesday)
  • Drink plenty (Wednesday)
  • Move more (Thursday)
  • Be mind kind (Friday)
  • Get active together (Saturday)
  • Eat together (Sunday)

This week is all about raising awareness for the charity, and how to eat more healthily, & thanks to this, live a better life! Specifically, the BNF want to encourage and promote, healthy eating and drinking habits, being physically active, food provenance and cooking from scratch as opposed to eating out and ready-made, processed food.

October – Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' wellbeing and health.

It's free, there's no need to register, and it's a fantastic way to get warmed up ready for Sustrans Big Pedal which will take place between 19 and 30 April 2021.

Organised by Sustrans and supported by the Bikeability Trust, Bike to School Week celebrates cycling to school and the benefits of travelling actively for children.

Why Take Part?

As pupils return to school following lockdown, active travel is more important than ever to help pupils get to school safely and healthily. The start of term is a great time to establish positive travel habits early.

Cycling to school has many benefits including:

  1. pupils who are more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day
  2. fewer cars at the school gate
  3. children who are more aware of road safety and who feel more independent
  4. a boost to physical and mental health and wellbeing

Get the Whole Family Involved:

It is well known that physical activity is key to people’s health and wellbeing, with numerous studies showing that people who walk and cycle enjoy longer and healthier lives.

Increasingly, however, research on the long-term benefits of walking and cycling is uncovering benefits that are even greater than previously thought. Regular physical activity can help to prevent numerous serious health conditions and save the NHS millions of pounds each year.

Some of the key findings include:

Regular cyclists reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 46%.

People who are physically active reduce chances of late-onset diabetes by between a third and a half.

Cycling to work reduces the risk of cancer by 45%


October – The Big Draw

Founded in 2000, The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

The Big Draw Festival has encouraged over four million people back to the drawing board since 2000. It has notched up two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7,000). The first Big Draw Festival in 2000 attracted 180 partner organisations. Since then, the number has risen to more than 1,000, with over 500,000 people participating each year!

The Festival is made up of thousands of creative events, activities and workshops across the globe hosted by organisations big and small; from individuals to entire cities!

To find out more about the Big Draw Festival, follow this link:


October – ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very common disorder which affects children and adults. It has for many years been recognised as a childhood issue that affects focus, self-control and many other important skills. However, it has only recently been recognised as an adult problem too.

How did ADHD Awareness Month Get Started?

An ADHD Awareness Day was how it all started. A resolution was passed by the United States Senate that declared September 7th as National Attention Deficit Disorder Day in 2006. From there it grew into a full month by 2004. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of ADHD, by providing information that is reliable. The information is based on research and scientific evidence.

The Organisers

A coalition of organisations are responsible for organising many different events around the world: the ADHD Organisation (ACO); the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity

What You Can do to Take Part

A number of different resources are available, and the idea is to spread the word, far and wide. If you want to help educate people then there are various resources available online.

There are some great resources and activities to help educate and raise awareness at https://adhdawarenessmonth.org/


October – Black History Month


During October the UK Celebrates Black History Month. Although Black History Month has been celebrated every February in the USA since 1970, it was not officially celebrated in the UK until 1987 when it was organised by the activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo who, at the time was the coordinator for special projects for the Greater London Council. The first Black History Month was celebrated only in London, but in the years since, the celebration has spread across the whole UK.

The main aims of Black History Month are to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and also to educate all on black history.

During October there are many events to celebrate Black History Month, across the country special classes and celebrations are arranged within schools and African and Carribean societies at universities put on special events and lectures. Museums and art galleries have special themed exhibits, and there are also many special themed shows about Black History Month on the TV and Radio.

If you would like to get involved and discover more about black history, you will find a full listing of events and exhibitions taking place across the UK on the official Black History Month website.

Also take a look at out Literacy and Numeracy page for recommended reading lists on Black Lives Matter from the Literacy Trust


October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them. Unfortunately though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK so it is something that effects so many of us.  During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020 all women are encouraged to check their breasts (or learn how to if they don’t know how), learn the signs and seek medical attention for anything that they are unsure about.


October – International Walk to School Month

Living Streets have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

Their five-day walking challenge is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

Walk to School Week is scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

Another fun resource to use is the Walking Randomiser to help you mix up your walking routes and experience new types of walk!  Print it and make it here…



October – International School Library Month

October is International School Library Month (ISLM), an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide.

The 2020 theme for ISLM is “Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being”.  It is based on one of the UNSDG goals i.e. UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Good Health and Well Being”. This year they are inviting participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading, school libraries, good health and well being. They have chosen a theme wording that they believe will be accessible to all participants (aged 3 to 20 years). They are inviting us to celebrate ISLM 2020 by engaging in projects and activities to explore and express this year’s theme.  We hope that ISLM 2020 will be a wonderfully creative, imaginative worldwide celebration of the school library. Keep and eye out for posters about the events going on here at Tabor!


Each day this week, we are continuing to celebrate National Poetry Day by enjoying a poem a day together, linking to the theme of Vision.  Staff and students will enjoy taking a few minutes to read and listen to the poem of the day together.

Monday Blackberries

by Margaret Atwood

Tuesday Ode: Intimations of Immortality

by William Wordsworth

Wednesday See through my eyes

by Karl Nova

Thursday Returning, We Hear the Larks

by Isaac Rosenberg

Friday Vision Rap

by James Carter



On Friday 16th October, we will be raising awareness of resuscitation and, through the Red Cross, learning how to help someone who is non-responsive and not breathing.

Visit https://firstaidchampions.redcross.org.uk/secondary/ to explore up to 17 different first aid skills with films, activities and quizzes.  You can learn first aid in simple steps, with a key action to take so you can easily remember what to do when someone needs help. There are also links to First Aid courses – a fantastic qualification for our older students to obtain!