Summer celebration ideas

Whole-school ideas for summer celebration activities to get pupils enjoying the outdoors while staying sun safe.


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Summer celebration ideas

Here are some fun ideas for fun summer events and activities to promote sun safety. 

It is strongly recommended that all pupils are shown the Sun Ready Challenge assembly presentation before doing these activities so that they understand the basics of sun safety.

  1. Use The Sun Ready Challenge app: The new Sun Ready Challenge app is a fun and active way for pupils to learn about sun safety. Free to download and easy to use, the app features augmented reality characters, video and interactive challenges to bring the learning to life.

  2. Hold a party: outfits must include hats and sunglasses. Party food should be sun-themed, and children can have fun planning and making the food if time and facilities are available.

  3. Build a giant, shady den out on the school field and have the party in there. One way to do this is to make a simple framework of long canes. The canes are pushed into the ground and joined with twists of soft garden wire (plastic covered). When a large framework is complete, it can be covered in sheets which are pegged to the canes. Remember to leave plenty of ventilation. This makes a wonderful giant den which can hold a whole class! Display your sun safety work in the den, and invite parents and other pupils to view it.

  4. Hold a massive, whole school picnic. Aim for the school field but use the hall if the weather plays spoilsport.  This can be combined with other ideas, such as a prize for the best hat, sun-themed food, dressing up, etc.

  5. Hold a competition for children to design a cool school summer hat, which can then be made by a company and sold to parents for pupils to wear. Use the KS1 or KS2 Design a hat worksheet templates provided.

  6. Have a costume party centred around sun safety. Prizes for best costumes can be awarded for each age group taking part.

  7. Dioramas: using a small box as a base, children create scenes or models which tell a story (without words) about sun safety. The dioramas are made at home and brought in to display at the summer fair or another summer celebration.

  8. Introduce sun safety cadets who help children to stay safe in the sun during playtimes.