Red Nose Day activities – Best 2024 school resources

Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day – here’s some ideas for having fun and fundraising for a great cause…

by Teachwire
Red Nose Day ideas guide
DOWNLOAD A FREE RESOURCE! Red Nose Day schools – Primary and secondary guides

Use these Red Nose Day activities to learn about other cultures and the difficulties faced by people both overseas and in the UK. At the same time you’ll be having lots of fun and raising money to help tackle poverty and injustice.

What is Red Nose Day?

Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by comedy scriptwriter Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to the famine in Ethiopia. Its purpose is to get the nation laughing, while raising money to help people around the world and in the UK.

Red Nose Day is an annual telethon event. In 2023, the event raised more than 35 million pounds.

When is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day 2024 is on Friday 15th March.

Red Nose Day activities to try

Fundraising ideas for schools

These Red Nose Day teacher guides contain everything you need to get set for some serious funny business. Stuck for fundraising ideas? Don’t fancy dressing up? These Red Nose Day ideas will give you plenty of inspiration.

KS2 urban slums lesson plan

Red Nose Day activities lesson plan

In this active, creative KS2 lesson from Red Nose Day’s Kerry Deacon, pupils will learn about urban slums and the materials used to build them, before working in teams to plan, design and build a model structure of an urban slum home.

Comic Relief has supported people who live in urban slums in Africa and this lesson will bring a new sense of meaning to children’s fundraising efforts.

Official Red Nose Day resources

On Friday 15th March, Blue Peter will be turning red to celebrate Red Nose Day, and they’re asking primary schools to go ‘red-to-toe’ too. Schools will be able to get involved with a special challenge – keep an eye out for details.

You can also download a free KS2 rapping lesson plan featuring Waves rapper and poet Louie Le Vack. Share your raps with Comic Relief and Louie will record some of them…

Meanwhile, secondary schools are invited to become rebels with a cause and join in with some rule-breaking fun. There’s also a free activism lesson plan to download, with students working in groups to identify an issue and prepare a presentation.

There’s plenty of other fundraising ideas on the official Red Nose Day website, whether you’re teaching Early Years, primary or secondary. Some of our favourite ideas include:

  • Selling tickets for a teachers vs pupils quiz
  • Guessing the singer behind the mask
  • Hosting a bake sale
  • Doing a Bluey keepy uppy challenge with balloons
  • Building a LEGO habitat for your red nose

If you’ve got particularly inspiring fundraisers in your school community, why not nominate them for a Nosey Award? There are two specific awards for schools: Class Act and Rising Star. Entries close on Sunday 31st March.

Comedy classroom

This BBC video from Doc Brown gives secondary students the opportunity to learn about comedy writing through a variety of literary activities.

You can download a resource booklet that features three 60-minute lessons, and handy notes such as this comedy toolbox and this glossary of terms.

Red Nose Day facepainting tutorial

See who can come up with the best and most creative facepainting idea. Simply watch this tutorial video and let your imaginations soar.

Games and activities

If you’re after some great and easy-to-play games for young learners, find a host of ideas here. Try a nose and spoon race, go bobbing for noses and of course there’s one called ‘pick your nose’.

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