October Teaching Calendar

Updated: 5 hours ago

Sensory ideas, inspiration, and teaching activities to celebrate the month of October. Includes: Black History Month, Colombus Day, Diwali, Halloween, Pablo Picasso, World Space Week, Trafalgar Day and more!

Dates at a Glance

Oct 1st- 31st Black History Month

Oct 4th-10th World Space Week

Oct 6th National Badger Day Oct 7th Lost in the Dark Peal

Oct 10th World Porridge Day

Oct 10th-16th National Braille Week 2022

Oct 10th Colombus Day

Oct 14th Battle of Hastings 1066

Oct 15th Charlotte's Web Published

Oct 16th World Food Day

Oct 18th Inventions: The Toaster

Oct 21st Trafalgar Day

Oct 25th Pablo Picasso Day

Oct 24th Diwali

Oct 31st Halloween

Oct 1st - Oct 31st Black History Month

October 6th
National Badger Day (Brocktober)

Listen to the sound of badgers

Badgers make many noises depending on how they feel including: barking, chittering, growling, hissing, purring, snarling, sniffing, snorting and yelping.


There are over 16,000 BBC Sound Effects made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.

Extend Learning

  • Can the student(s) guess what the badger is doing according to the nosie they are making? e.g. eating, sniffing

  • Can the student(s) match any sounds the badger is making to emotions? (Annoyed, anxious, calm, confused, content, excited, relaxed, hurt, sad?)

  • Discuss the noises we make when we express emotion (crying when sad, laughing when happy etc)

Earthworms make up the majority of the badger's diet. You can supplement their food in the winter.

  • If you are lucky enough to have a badger visit, here are some of the foods they enjoy: Fresh or dried fruit (apples, pears, plums), dried dog food, (unsalted sugar-free) peanut butter, mealworms.

  • Don't forget to leave a bowl of fresh, clean water

  • Place a little sand around their eating area to see if you can spot any badger tracks.

October 7th
Lost in the Dark Peal

'Twyford Church' in Hampshire rings their bells on Oct 7th each year. This tradition originates from the story of a traveller who was lost in the fog and was able to find his way home by following the sound of the bells!


  • Dim the lights.

  • Re-create the effect of fog by lighting a joss stick or by lightly draping a piece of net material or garden fleece in front of the student's face.

Tip! Place the material in the freezer beforehand for an authentic icy fog sensation.

  • Offer the student(s) a choice of bells: ankle bells, bicycles bells, chimes, cowbell, finger cymbals, hand bells, jingle stick, sleigh bells.

  • Practice ringing the bells at different tempos (fast/slow), sound levels (loud, quiet)

  • Can the student copy a beat?

  • Does the student show a preference for a particular bell?

  • Can the student(s) follow an instruction to 'stop' and 'start' ringing the bells?

Oct 10th
World Porridge Day

Launched in 2009 as a fundraising campaign to raise money to prevent children in poorer countries having hunger hinder their education.

Activity Idea

Make and flavour porridge

  • Explore a range of toppings: Banana, blueberries, chocolate chips, cinnamon, honey, maple syrup, nutmeg, raisins, raspberries

Taste Different Types of Porridge

  • Rice, barley, wheat, buckwheat, semolina, corn, polenta, sorghum, quinoa.

  • Can the students show a preference for a porridge type or topping?

  • Can the student(s) communicate a rejection if they do not like a smell of taste?

Enrichment Activity

Visit the local shop. Can the students find the porridge?

Purchase porridge then donate it to your local foodbank.