SMSC 2017 - 2018

Celebrating Social, Moral, Spiritual and Culteral Diversity through Themed Days


2017/2018 Celebration/Festival/Historical Event Day Celebrating Other Religions Day
Autumn 1 Rosh Hashanah - Judaism (20th Sept - 22nd Sept)
International day of peace (21st Sept) Half day
Sikhism
Autumn 2 Guy Fawkes/Parliament (5th Nov)
Kindness Day/week (13th Nov)
Judaism
Spring 1 Rio de Janeiro Festival (9th Feb – 14th Feb) Hinduism
Spring 2 Easter Story (Apr) Christianity
Summer 1 Ramadan (27th May)
International day of Families (15th May)
Islam
Summer 2 The Queen’s Birthday (10th Jun)
Buddhism

Several of the above events will be supported by visiting speakers and artists to further promote the celebration or themed day and to bring learning to life.

We will be sharing photographs and details of all our SMSC days on this page.

International Day of Peace & Rosh Hashanah - 21st September 2017

Nursery

We had a busy day in nursery learning all about the Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah. During the morning we made our own Rosh Hashanah card ready for our Rosh Hashanah celebration. In the afternoon we got a chance to taste some traditional food from the festival, such as, apples dipped in honey, challah and pomegranate. We ended our day dancing and playing musical instruments to a traditional Rosh Hashanah song called Shana Tova.

Reception

In Reception we had fun learning about Rosh Hashanah the Jewish Festival that celebrates the New Year and new beginnings. We looked at how the Jewish people celebrate this special day. We made our own cards and talked about behaviour and what the word forgiveness means.

Year 1

Today we learnt all about the special celebration of Rosh Hashanah in Judiasm. The children were very excited to learn all about the Shofar and enjoyed listening to the sound of it! We also talked about what it mean to say sorry and discussed all the good and bad things we have done this year. The children completed a writing activity all about Rosh Hashanah and learnt lots of facts, they also created some lovely pictures to take home.

Today the children learnt all about the meaning of the word peace, we discussed times when we like to be peaceful and what we do to get some peace and quiet! We discussed the symbol of the dove and what it represents. The children created some peace dove handprint pictures which they really enjoyed!

Year 2

Today we learnt all about how Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and how it is celebrated for two days at the end of September. We discussed how it is time to think about the past and present year, as well as discovering what foods are eaten at the special feast that takes place. Following our findings we all attempted to write a non-chronological report about what we had found out.

We discussed what the meaning of peace is, in many different contexts, from people asking for peace at home to peace from wars around the world. We looked at the work of the United Nations and what they do to try to help with world peace, and decided that the work that they do is important. To mark this special day we all decorated a hand print in the flag of a country from around the world. We then made a wreath out of our hand prints to show how all countries should live together in peace.

Year 3

Today we learnt all about the special celebration of Rosh Hashanah in Judiasm. The children we very excited to learn all about the special holiday that lasts over 2 days and celebrates Judiasm’s New Year. The children completed a writing activity all about Rosh Hashanah and learnt lots of facts, they also created some lovely pictures to take home.

Today we learnt all about the International Day of Peace. The children were very excited to learn all about the day that is devoted to Peace and Respect. The children learnt all about the day and why is it is such an important day around the world. We analysed the past International Day of Peace logos and created our own as a result!

Year 4

Today we learnt about the special celebration of Rosh Hashanah in Judiasm. The children were very excited to learn all about the traditions of the New Year festivals. We also talked about what it means to say sorry and discussed all the good and bad things we have done this year. The children completed a writing activity all about Rosh Hashanah and learnt lots of facts, they also created some lovely pictures.

Today in Year 4 we learnt all about the International Day of Peace and how it is celebrated across the world. We devoted this day to peace and respect. We recognised the different logos associated with this special day, and created our own Kirigami dove, which is present in all the logos we analysed.

Year 5

During our Rosh Hashanah celebration morning, we looked at the meaning of Rosh Hashanah and discovered that it is a time for Jewish people to reflect on the previous year and embrace the new year coming. We sketched a variety of fruit eaten during this celebration, including pomegranates and apples.

During Year 5’s International Day of Peace afternoon, we began by discussing conflict currently happening around the world, including the war in Syria. We thought about the meaning of peace and what the perfect, peaceful world would look like. We then created PowerPoint presentations and posters to encourage people to embrace peace and not conflict.

Year 6

In Year 6 we learnt about how Jewish people celebrate their New Year. We now know what the “shofar” horn symbolises. We also learnt that apples and honey symbolise the start of a sweet new year.

During this afternoon we learnt all about International Day of Peace. We made posters and discussed how we could adhere to the intentions of the United Nations.

Guy Fawkes Day - 2nd November 2017

On Thursday 2nd November the academy held a Guy Fawkes/Parliament celebration day and explored and celebrated the traditional meaning of Bonfire night.

Nursery

Today in nursery we have learnt all about bonfire night. We wrote about what happens at a bonfire and what we might see, hear and smell. We watched a firework display on the computer and discussed the colours we could see. In the afternoon we made our own bonfire pictures using a range of materials and tools.

Reception

In Reception we had fun learning about Bonfire night. We looked at different firework displays and experimented with mixing colours to make firework pictures. We made our own rockets using 2d shapes.

Year 1

Today we have really enjoyed learning all about Guy Fawkes and his role in the Gunpowder Plot. We started our day with some firework themed maths and then wrote a fact file all about Guy Fawkes’s life. In the afternoon, we got creative! We made some amazing handprint bonfire paintings, colourful paper fireworks and did some lovely colourings of Guy Fawkes that the children got to take home.

Year 2

We discussed who Guy Fawkes is and learnt all about the gun powder plot, which took place in 1605. We all wrote our own version of the story of Guy Fawkes and the reasons why he tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament. We spoke about this being the reason why we celebrate Bonfire Night in this country on the 5th November every year. In the afternoon we all made our own fireworks pictures. We used black card and chalk to make our own designs. We all enjoyed making lots of brightly coloured fireworks. We had a competition to see whose firework display was the best.

Year 3

Today we learnt all about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children were very excited to learn about his failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The children each wrote an acrostic poem about Guy Fawkes and fireworks using alliteration and similes. They were then excited to create their own Guy Fawkes themed artwork where they drew the Houses of Parliament and created a fireworks display using a range of medium.

Year 4

We discovered who Guy Fawkes was and why he is an important part of British History. We used this information to create our own fact-files about him and the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In addition to this, we created pictures with the Houses of Parliament and fireworks in the night sky to symbolise what we celebrate today and why.

Year 5

During our Guy Fawkes/Parliament SMSC day Year 5 began the day by discussing what we already knew about the gunpowder plot. We quickly discovered that we knew about Guy Fawkes’ role but were unaware of the other conspirators. We completed a reading comprehension about the gunpowder plot to gather information and then retold the well know November 5th tale of the gunpowder plot from the point of view of Robert Catesby (the brains) or Francis Tresham (the man who penned the letter revealing the plot).

Year 6

We had a great day discussing the facts that surrounded Guy Fawkes and November 5th. We created a fact file and learnt more facts. Year 6 moved on to thinking and talking about following bad behaviour- they posed questions: did every plotter really want to be involved? Were some plotters too frightened to say that they didn’t want to be part of the gunpowder plot? How could you get out of a situation that you felt uncomfortable with?

Kindness Day - 16th November 2017

On Thursday 16th November the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated Kindness day.

Nursery

Nursery learnt all about world kindness day. We discussed what makes a good friend and the ways in which we can be kind to others and make them smile. We painted our handprints to create a friendship heart to represent kind hands, kind actions and kind words.

Reception

Reception talked about kindness and what makes a kind friend. We looked at the story of the Rainbow Fish. We decorated our own fish using different resources and wrote a short sentence about how we could show kindness. 

Year 1

For Kindness Day we talked about what being kind means and how we can be kind at home and at school. We thought about qualities like kindness that we look for in our friends and made a ‘recipe’ for a good friend. After, we created a class kindness paper chain. Every child wrote a way to spread kindness on a paper chain and we have hung it up in our classroom to remind us to be kind to each other every day.

Year 2

We discussed the importance of being kind, and how being kind can have a positive impact on the life of others. We talked about kind actions and what we can do in different situations to help those around us. We all had a hand print in our books. We wrote down 5 different actions that we can do to be kind to everybody on the different fingers of the hand. We then described what kindness is and gave examples of how we can be kind to our friends and family.

Year 3

In year 3 we discussed what kindness is, different acts of kindness and how these make our school a better place. We then created a kindness board game which we can play with our friends.

Year 4

Year 4 began by discussing what kindness is and why it is important to help others in school and at home too! We shared ideas about what qualities kind people and good friends have. We then completed a 'recipe for what makes a good friend' and discussed occasions when we have been particularly kind to others. 

Year 5

We began our kindness afternoon by discussing; ‘what being kind’ means. We decided that being kind involved many things including using kind words and kind actions. We made a promise to be a little bit kinder to everybody that we meet and are going to try to remember that our smile might be the brightest light in someone’s day, so we decided to let our kindness shine! In Year 5, we are going to smile at whoever we can, whenever we can. We also discussed random acts of kindness and how it would make somebody feel and created a ‘caught being kind‘ newspaper report.

Year 6

Year 6 spoke how “kindness” feels. We decided to make a “Random Act of Kindness Book”. We also discussed our moto behind Kindness and decided that: “Positivity creates Positivity”. Year 6 left feeling gracious and positive. Our Random Act of Kindness Book will be available to fill in on a daily basis. We enjoyed being Kind.

Rio de Janeiro Festival 9th - 14th February 2018

On Thursday 8th February the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated the famous Brazilian Rio De Janeiro carnival. Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Nursery

We had a very busy afternoon learning all about Rio de Janeiro. We began with looking at some facts all about Rio de Janeiro. We learnt about the food they eat and the carnivals and music they traditionally perform. We created our own carnival dance using a range of instruments and movements. We used the parachute and all joined in with the ring games and dancing.

Reception

We had fun learning about the Rio De Janeiro carnival. We looked at the festival in Brazil and were amazed by all the colours. Then we created our own carnival masks using bright colours and had our own parade where we even did some festival dancing!!

Year 1

Today we learnt all about the most famous carnival in the world! We started off looking at a map of the world and finding out where Brazil is located. We talked about Brazilian culture and discovered that Brazil is a very diverse country. Then we learnt about what a carnival is and why it is so important in Brazil. We also listened to samba music and had a dance! Finally we made our own carnival masks using pens, glitter, feathers and gems.

Year 2

We discussed what a carnival is and why people have carnivals. We then looked at facts about Rio De Janeiro including the famous landmarks that are there as well as different foods that we could eat. We also listened to some music that we would expect to hear at this carnival. The children all enjoyed this and tried to dance along to it. To finish with we all made our own carnival mask. We used lots of bright colours and sequins. We noticed that the masks in the pictures had feathers on them so we all added some feathers to our designs.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of 'Rio de Janeiro', Year 3 spent some time learning about Rio de Janeiro including where it is and what life is like there. We watched a video to see part of a carnival. After we enjoyed creating our own carnival masks using lots of different equipment.

Year 4

We learnt about the Brazilian Carnival that takes place in Rio de Janeiro during February. We all located Brazil on a map and discussed similarities and differences between Brazil and UK cultures. We really enjoyed working out the population of each country and the difference. (We worked with very big and tricky numbers.) The whole class listened to the types of music that would be played at the carnival and we tried to dance and move to the music.

Year 5

During our Rio de Janeiro celebration afternoon, Year 5 began by locating Brazil on a map of the world. We discussed the Brazilian climate and population and compared it to the UK. We then discussed the famous Rio de Janeiro carnival and discovered that it takes place each year in February, starting on the Friday before Ash Wednesday leading up to lent. As part of the carnival people create and decorate flambouyant masks, dance, play and listen to samba music. As part of our celebration that is what we did. We created some wonderful masks and listened to some carnival music - it made some of us want to get up and dance!

Year 6

We used our powers of persuasion to try and entice people to visit this flamboyant city. We learnt about the cultures, carnivals and faiths of Rio and researched places to visit. Then, we demonstrated our artistic flare by decorating these amazing masks

Easter Story 22nd March 2018

On Thursday 22nd March the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated the Easter story.

Nursery

We discussed the meaning of Easter and sequenced the Easter story using pictures. During the afternoon we looked at gifts people may receive around Easter time. We then completed some Easter crafts, we made our own Easter cards, painted Easter eggs and went on an Easter object hunt. At the end of the day we tried some hot cross buns.

Reception

We learned all about the Easter Story. We sequenced the key events and retold the story. We looked at special family celebrations and talked about the Christian faith. We learned that we all don’t share the same beliefs and how we can learn from other faiths and traditions. We had lots of fun in the afternoon colouring, making Easter cards and acting out the Easter story using stick puppets.

Year 1

We learnt all about the real meaning of Easter and why Christians around the world celebrate Easter. We started out reading the Easter story and learning about how Jesus was betrayed in Jerusalem. We sequenced the story and wrote our own captions. Following this we looked at all the different symbols of Easter. We learnt what each symbol meant and why it was important. In the afternoon we had fun and designed our own Easter eggs.

Year 2

We discussed Holy Week and looked at all of the different events that take place between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday the following week. We discussed how Jesus went from being loved to being crucified and then rising again from the dead. We learnt about why this was a very important time for Christians all around the world. We all wrote our own version of the Easter Story trying to remember to put all of the different events into our work. In the afternoon we looked at some of the traditions of Easter, and what they resemble. We all decorated and made our own Easter baskets that we could put Easter eggs into. We discussed why we have Easter eggs and how they link to the Easter Story.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of ‘The Easter Story’ we spent some time discussing why we celebrate Easter and the religious meaning of the day. Later we created our own Comic Strips to retell the story. We also learnt about the different symbols associated with Easter, in particular the Cross, Lambs, Palm Leaves, Easter Lilies and The Dogwood Tree. In the afternoon we created our own Stain Glass Window inspired Crosses.

Year 4

We all read the Easter story as a class and discussed our feelings about what we had read. (Some of us were quite shocked that Jesus rose again!) The whole class then went on to produce a comic strip of the Easter story. Our pictures and captions were good enough to publish in a comic. In the afternoon, we had a discussion about how people celebrate Easter now, we talked about giving gifts of chocolate and the significance behind Easter eggs and how they link to Jesus’ resurrection. Afterwards, we used Easter eggs to create chocolate rice crispy nests. We had lots of fun!

Year 5

During our Easter celebration morning, Year 5 began by listening to the Easter story to discover the true meaning of Easter. We then used the laptops to create a PowerPoint presentation to retell the story, explain the symbolic meaning of Easter eggs and to explain how Easter is celebrated around the world. Later, we created an Easter inspired stain glass window, using paint or collage materials.

Year 6

Year 6 had an eggciting day. We showed our talents for writing an amazing recount of the Easter Story. We then showed our design and technology talents for weaving by making an Easter decoration. We learnt how to strengthen materials too.

Ramadan 27th April 2018

On Friday 27th April the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated Ramadan.

Nursery

We discussed the meaning of Ramadan and talked about the Eid celebration. We all completed a good deed for the day and made Eid cards for our friends. During the afternoon we made decorations for the classroom, we cooked some traditional Ramadan food of curry and coconut squares and enjoyed an Eid celebration.

Reception

We learnt all about the Ramadan. We looked at what Muslims do during Ramadan and discussed how it is similar to our own traditions. Then we made Raita out of yoghurt, cucumber, mint and lemon. We all got to taste it with naan bread and poppadom’s. It was delicious! Finally we wrote about facts of Ramadan and made some crafts.

Year 1

We learnt all about the period of Ramadan in Islam and what Muslims do during this month like going to the Mosque more and fasting in the day. We talked about how difficult fasting would be and that people do it to understand how those less fortunate feel every day. In the afternoon, we made our own Sadaqah jars which Muslims use to collect money to give to charity during Ramadan and they all looked fantastic!

Year 2

We looked at and discussed the religion of Islam and how Muslims follow this religion. The children all really enjoyed finding out what Ramadan was all about and why it is celebrated. We all agreed that it would be difficult for any of us to fast. We learnt about why Muslims fast during Ramadan as well as looking at other important aspects. The children then completed lots of different activities. Everybody completed a report about Ramadan discussing what they had learnt about this special time. We then had time to make paper chains and to write on what bad habits we would try to stop during Ramadan.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of ‘Ramadan’ Year 3 spent some time discussing what Ramadan is and the religious meaning of the day. Later we answered comprehension questions to show our understanding of the day. We also learnt about the significance of Prayer Mats for Muslims. We spent some time looking at the different designs before designing our own mat.

Year 4

We learnt about Ramadan and found out that Ramadan is in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, which is based on the moon rather than the sun. Because of this, the dates of Ramadan change slightly each year. During Ramadan, Muslims request forgiveness for sins, pray for direction and try to cleanse themselves through self-control and acts of faith such as prayer, abstinence from eating, drinking and ‘activities such as watching t.v. from dawn until the sun sets.

Year 5

Year 5 began our Ramadan SMSC day by gathering information on the Islamic celebration through a comprehension task. We discovered that Ramadan involves fasting from sunrise until sunset; fasting is one of the Five Pillars or duties of Islam. The end of the fasting period is celebrated with the Eid festival. We completed our Ramadan celebration day by trying to create Islamic inspired geometric piece art.

Year 6

We worked hard on writing a fact file all about Ramadan. We are fortunate enough to seek the first-hand experience of a child in our class, who has spoken about her intentions for this Ramadan. We have pledged to support her. We made cards ready for the Eid celebrations.

International Day of Families 18th May 2018

On Friday 18th May the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated the International Day of Families.

Nursery

In Nursery we looked at who makes up a family. We discussed and compared all of the different types of families from other countries and the people that make up a family unit. We enjoyed joining in creative activities which included painting, drawing and writing about the members of our family.

Reception

We discussed how important our families are to all of us. We shared who was in our family and drew a family portrait. We had fun with our siblings. This means our brothers and sisters. Lots of people in our class are a brother or a sister. Did you know we have twins in our class?! These are sisters who share the same birthday.

Year 1

Today we celebrated the International Day of Families. We started by comparing families all over the world looking at the similarities and differences between traditions. Then we drew pictures of our own families and wrote about why they are special to us.

Year 2

We discussed the importance of families and why our family is important to us. We looked at different families from around the world and how they are different to our families. We looked at families from countries such as Brazil, India and Mexico. We all then created a family tree of all of the people in our family, and the people that we would class as part of our family. Finally we wrote about why our family is important to us.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of the ‘International Day of Families’ Year 3 spent some time discussing what family means and the people in our families who are special to us. We talked about the theme of the day ’Families and Inclusive Societies’ and we discussed that family’s work together to ensure that they live in a society where people work together and get along. We then spent some time drawing our own family portraits and we wrote sentences to explain why our families are so special.

Year 4

Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed this day. They were excited to talk about their families and say what makes their family so special to them. We have shared how they enjoy spending time together and discussed how they can share their appreciation for others. We then created a colourful scrabble board containing words to describe our family life.

Year 5

During our celebration day, Year 5 compared our own family to that of the royal family - especially because of the exciting royal wedding taking place the following day! We discussed who was in our family (some of us having larger families than others) and compared our family tree to that of the British royal family. There were lots of people to sort in the royal family tree! We knew about the royals that we often hear about such as: the Queen, Prince William and Prince Harry but some we were very interested to discover more about!

The Queen's Birthday 15th June 2018

On Friday June 15th the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated the Queen’s birthday.

Nursery

In Nursery we celebrated the Queen’s Birthday. We began the session by learning all about how the Queen celebrates her birthday. We then all wrote a birthday card for the Queen and in the afternoon we made cucumber sandwiches and decorated fairy cakes for a tea party.

Reception

We learnt all about the Queen and how she celebrates her birthday. Did you know that she has two birthdays every year?! What a lucky lady! We wrote all about the queen and explained what she does to celebrate. Then we learned what to do if we were ever to meet the queen and made crowns.

Year 1

We had a lovely day celebrating the Queen’s official birthday. We did a comprehension activity in the morning and read all about why the Queen has two birthdays - we decided that this isn’t very fair! In the afternoon we made our own crowns and party invitations fit for a very Royal birthday party!!

Year 2

We looked at who the Queen is and why she is an extremely important person. Then we discovered that the Queen has two birthdays! We then completed different tasks to create a party for the Queen. Some of us made bunting and banners to put up, while others created invitations to send out to people to invite them to the party. The rest of us wrote instructions on how to make a perfect party and a list of things that we needed to give the Queen a perfect day.

Year 3

Today, we have been learning all about the Queen’s Birthday, including her roles within the Monarchy and the world. We have created our very own Coat of Arms and done many creative activities such as crosswords and acrostic poems!

Year 4

We had lots of fun celebrating the Queen’s Birthday! We started the day by learning the National Anthem and singing it loud and proud. During the morning, we wrote a letter to the Queen asking her about her birthday plans and gave her some of our own suggestions on how she could spend her day. (Bowling, Cinema.) We then spent the afternoon creating a large sketch of the Queen, using different techniques.

Year 5

We began our celebrations for The Queen’s birthday by looking at the life and long reign of Her Royal Highness. We then created a formal letter to wish her a happy birthday and asked her a variety of questions including; what are the names of her corgis and does she hire a servant to blow out all of the candles on her cake. Hopefully we will get a response from HRH! We then watched a short clip of trooping the colour and discussed what sort of celebrations we thought the Queen would have to celebrate. During the afternoon, we learnt the national anthem ‘God save t he Queen’ and designed a birthday cake covered in all of her favourite things!

Year 6

We have read facts and information all about the Queen and her TWO Birthday’s. Gosh, she’s a lucky lady. We thought about and discussed reasons why it would be a good idea for us all to have TWO Birthdays and the reasons why we thought we deserved them. This was eye opening and fun. We then designed and made the Queen a Birthday card, we discussed the things that we think the Queen might like and decided to add these to the card. Of course, our efforts were outstanding: nothing spared for Her Majesty the Queen.