Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

Celebrating Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Diversity

SMSC class representatives and Pupil Voice class representatives met and decided on the celebrations around the world and in Britain that we haven’t yet celebrated and they would like to learn more about. The below table shows the children’s choices.

Religions are taught throughout the year, in all year groups, in accordance with Stoke on Trent’s agreed syllabus.

2018/2019 Celebration/Festival/Historical Event Day Suggested Activities
Autumn 1
20/09/18
Harvest Festival

What is Harvest Festival
Collection of foods
Harvest food tasting
Making different types of food
Creative writing opportunities

Autumn 2
12/11/18
Remembrance Day Poppy art work
Wartime songs
Historical war time stories
Food and traditions from around the world
Spring 1
21/01/19
Martin Luther King Day Who was he?
History and changes over time
Dream Catcher making and inspirational speeches
Spring 2
08/03/19

Commonwealth Day





Passover
Flags of all the commonwealth countries
History of the Commonwealth
Food tasting from different countries
Compare and contrast different countries
Creative writing opportunities

Tasting Jewish Food
Seder Plate – collaging/ tasting/ designing
Rabbi to visit the school
Creative writing opportunities
Jewish dance/ music
Summer 1
23/05/19
Ascension Day Stained glass windows
Making Palm crosses
Creative writing opportunities
Summer 2
05/07/19
Armed Forces Day
Uniform comparison
How have the uniforms and rules changed overtime
Training to be a soldier – story
The importance of the forces

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.

Harvest Festival - 20th September 2018

Nursery

During our SMSC day celebrations we looked at a power point all about the meaning of Harvest. We dug up our own vegetables, peeled and chopped them, then put them into the pan ready to make soup. We read ‘The enormous turnip’ and discussed who grows vegetables. At the end of the day we all tasted our delicious homemade vegetable soup.

Reception

In Reception today we have been learning all about the Harvest festival. We have looked at Harvest and the reason behind this. We have made links to Mr Bloom and explored a variety of vegetables that Mr Bloom may harvest on the farm. We also made bread, observing and commenting on the changes that we observed. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to taste our delicious bread. There were lots of creative activities available for us to partake in ranging from collaging fruits and vegetables, fruit and vegetable printing and leaf printing.

Year 1

During our SMSC day celebrations we looked at a power point all about the meaning of Harvest. The children have completed an acrostic poem. They have sang Harvest songs and all the children now have a good understanding about what happens at Harvest.

Year 2

To celebrate Harvest we started the day with an assembly from Reverend Ann. In the classroom we spent time creating our own acrostic poems and creating still life drawings of some harvest vegetables.

Year 3

In Year 3 we learned different facts about Harvest and completed a comprehension activity so that the children now have a good understanding of what happens during the Harvest celebration in Britain, as well as in other countries around the world. We also carried out a variety of craft activities linked to Harvest, and talked about why it is an important event.

Year 4

Year 4 have had a fantastic day celebrating Harvest. We have conducted our own research to discover for ourselves about the different Harvest traditions and how different people celebrate Harvest. We have also taken part in food tasting of the different foods harvested during this special time of year.

Year 5

We began our Harvest celebrations with an assembly from Reverend Ann, where we discussed the meaning of Harvest and an amazing story of a girl in Scotland. In the morning, we answered some very special Harvest questions - including when Harvest originated and when Har- vest is each year. During the afternoon, we created our very own leaf crown and created Harvest poems. We discussed what Harvest means to us on a personal level and what we are going to do to help those in need.


Year 6

Year 6 have had a fantastic day celebrating Harvest. We have conducted our own research to discover for ourselves about the different Harvest traditions and how different people celebrate Harvest. Also create our own Autumnal based art work during the afternoon in groups.

Remembrance Day - 12th November 2018

Nursery

Today in nursery we have learnt all about Remembrance Day. We discussed the poppy and what it symbolises. We then created a representation of a poppy using different materials. We listened to the ‘Last Post’ and discussed the reasons we are safe today.

Reception

Today we have been learning about Remembrance day! We have talked all about World War 1 that ended 100 years ago and all about the soldiers that fight for us and our country. We made some beautiful poppies, coloured in some pictures and designed our own medals.

Year 1

The children have enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day. We have watched clips, listened to music and had a great discussion about why we have Remembrance Day. The children have made poppies using split pins and Year 1 have created large poppies using a variety of materials. The children have found out lots of facts.

Year 2

To celebrate our second SMSC day we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We wrote our own acrostic poems and made a poppy collage using red and black materials. We listened to the Last Post at the end of the day so we could remember the soldiers who fought in the War.

Year 3

In Year 3 we spent time researching Remembrance Day, including why it is commemorated and what a poppy symbolises. We then presented the facts that we had learned in a non-chronological report so that the children now have a good understanding of the importance of Remembrance Day. The children then completed an acrostic poem using key words and sentences linked to World War I and Remembrance Day. We also carried out a variety of craft activities linked to Remembrance, including silhouette art and decorating poppies.

Year 4

In Year 4, we found out that it is 100 years since the end of WWI. We learned about what happened during this war and the reason that we wear poppies in November to remember the people who fought and died so that we could be free to live by our British Values.

Year 5

We began our Remembrance Day celebration by watching a recap of the Armistice Service in London yesterday. We then answered some questions about Remembrance Day and discussed the importance of the day for how we now live. We then created a letter in which we thanked all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the two World Wars. After that, we designed some Remembrance acrostic poems.

Year 6

In Year 6, we found out about Remembrance Day and why it is celebrated. We researched facts about World War 1 and answered questions based on the ways in which the soldiers and veterans are respected. We also created our own poppy art and poetry based on remembrance.