Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

At Whitfield Valley Primary School, we realise the importance of developing our children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding. We have a wide range of termly school visits to enhance learning, our children have access to a wide range of clubs and throughout the year we host a number SMSC days.

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

Reception

We spent some time learning about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish celebration of New Year and new beginnings. We talked about friendship and forgiveness and how we might forgive someone who has upset us, and how we might make amends with somebody we have upset. We created a Rosh Hashanah card for our family and friends.

Year 1

We talked about what Rosh Hashanah was and we looked at pictures relating to the festival. The children completed a comprehension activity about the festival. We talked about the International Day of Peace. We listened to music and discussed how we feel. All the children made a dove using paint.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning all about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. We learned that Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish New Year festival, which lasts for two days at the end of September or beginning of October. We read all about Rosh Hashanah and then answered questions in our topic books. We also made Rosh Hashanah cards. Thursday 21st September is the United Nations International Day of Peace. In year 2 we have been learning what peace means and how we can help bring peace to our environment. We have also learned that the countries in the UN have agreed to seek and maintain peace around the world. We all made a hand shape with different flags on which we used to make wreaths. We also coloured pictures of doves as they are a symbol of peace.

Year 3

In Year 3, we learned all about International Day of Peace. We created our own poem about it and designed a new logo. We had lots of fun. In Year 3, we learned all about Rosh Hashanah. We found out it is a two day Jewish celebration of the new year. We wrote about it in our books and created our own Rosh Hashanah cards.

Year 4

We learned all about what Rosh Hashanah means and that it is celebrated in Judaism. We found out about the traditions during Rosh Hashanah and what Jewish people do throughout it. Throughout the day, we had the opportunity to try some traditional Rosh Hashanah food – apples dipped in honey! They were delicious! We completed lots of other fun activities surrounding Rosh Hashanah: we completed word searches, answered some questions. International Day of Peace (IDP) is celebrated on the 21st September each year. It is an opportunity for countries to join together and promote peace and love in the World. On this day, people wish for peace on Earth and for war to cease.

During the day we discussed what peace means to us and how peace could help the world. We learned about the impact of war upon people and especially refugees in less-fortunate countries than us. We then created some poems about peace, using all our knowledge of poems from last year! Then, we created our very own ‘peace dove’ to take home. The dove is the symbol of peace and is the logo for International Day of Peace. The dove symbolises freedom for people and their free-will to live how they want. We did this by following instructions and even discussed what we would change next time.

Year 5

In Year 5 we have been researching the origins of Rosh Hashanah, where it comes from, why it is so important and the celebrations that take place throughout the World on this day. We wrote an overview of the meaning of Rosh Hashanah and discussed how it links to festivals and beliefs that we celebrate at different times of the year.

Year 6

In Year 6 we found out all about International Day of Peace and why it is important all around the world. We researched facts about International Day Peace and researched the different symbols that represent peace. We also designed out own symbols of peace and helped to complete a collaborative piece of art work for display. In Year 6 we found out all about Rosh Hashanah and why it is celebrated. We researched facts about Rosh Hashanah and answered questions based on the ways in which it is celebrated. We found out about what the significance of Rosh Hashanah is to Jewish people.