We hope you will all enjoy learning a little bit of history each day. Some of the facts you may want to find out more about.
Here are some fun facts for this week:
On this day
11th May 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” (based on poetry by T.S. Eliot) first premieres in London. What is your favourite musical? Message in and ask Mrs Bannister what her favourite musical is… there may be a long list!
12th May 1820 Florence Nightingale was born in Italy. During the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale changed nursing by introducing the importance of cleaning and washing hands. We know to this day how important washing our hands is. Do you know how long we should wash our hands for?
13th May 1950 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of Italy in an Alfa Romeo. What is your favourite sport to play and watch?
14th May 1983 Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor of Facebook was born. He became one of the youngest billionaires in the world. Each year Mark Zuckerberg donates lots of money to charity to help support younger children. Can you have a go at inventing something? Send in your inventions to school office so we can see your amazing ideas.
15th May 1928 Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in a Disney film called Plane crazy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCZPzHg0h80
Walt Disney loved drawing and by 1929 had created more Disney characters: Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Can you create your own cartoon character and give them a name? Email you pictures into the school office to feature on our Instagram!
20th April 1902 Marie and Pierre Curie separated a new element they had found called radium from the mineral pitchblende. Marie Curie was a famous scientist and went on the become the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1903 for physics and the first person to win a second Nobel Peace prize in 1911 for chemistry. Do you enjoy science experiments and investigating like Marie Curie?
21st April 1926 Queen Elizabeth II was born. She was called Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. She became Queen on February 6, 1952 and was crowned on June 2nd 1953. In 2017 she became the longest reigning monarch. This year she turns 94 and has been Queen for 68 years! Happy birthday Queen Elizabeth! Do you know who will be the next monarch of the United Kingdom?
22nd April 1970 the first Earth Day was celebrated. Each year lots of countries show their support for protecting the environment and how we can make small changes to protect the Earth’s future. Join in online at earthday.org or have a look at some fun activities you can take part in at home on the Stillness Infants website.
23rd April 1968 10 pence and 5 pence coins were used for the first time. They replaced old currency known as a shilling and a florin. See if anyone in your family remembers that day and if they can remember what they bought with the new coins.
24th April 1916 Ernest Shackleton and 5 other men of the Trans-Antartic Expedition launched a lifeboat called ‘James Caird’ from the uninhabited Elephant Island in the Southern Ocean to organise a rescue for the ship ‘Endurance’ which had become trapped in ice. Shackleton was on an expedition to reach the South Pole when the ship Endurance got stuck in the ice. All the crew survived. Did you know Ernest Shackleton lived in Sydenham and went to Dulwich College? You can still see the life boat ‘James Caird’ in Dulwich College today.