SMSC 2016-2017

Armed Forces Day

Nursery

In nursery we learnt all about hero’s in our community. We took part in a quiz to find out what makes somebody a hero. We wrote about a hero that we know and discussed what makes them special. In the afternoon we looked at different types of medals, we then used a range of materials to create our own hero medal.

Reception

To celebrate Armed Forces Day we learnt about all the different types of people who keep us safe. We looked at the many different ways in which they help us and why it is important to support them. We all talked about who are favourite Armed force are and some of us even dressed up as our favourite hero.

Year 1

In year one we learnt all about the meaning behind Armed Forces Day, we discovered the different types of forces that make up the Armed Forces in the UK. We especially liked learning that the queen is the boss! We also designed our own medals and discussed why it is important for soldiers to get medals for their service. Finally we had a visit from a real life soldier!

Year 2

Year two celebrated Armed Forces Day by learning about who the armed forces are and what their role is. Once we had found this out, we wrote our own acrostic poems about soldiers. We also learnt about a soldier’s kit and created our own soldier, complete with a range of uniform.

Year 3

In Year 3, we celebrated Armed Forces Day by learning about the service men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. We discussed the importance of the Armed Forces and we created a new medal.

Year 4

In Year 4 we wrote about the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force and made our own camouflage hats. We had a very special visitor who told us all about the work that the Armed Forces carry out and explained all about the equipment that they use from past and present.

Year 5

In Year 5, we learned about the story of St George and how he slayed the dragon and saved the princess. We retold the story of St George in our own words using descriptive language. We also made our own acrostic poems using facts we have learnt about St George’s Day. We celebrated the day by learning about the story of St George and then learning facts about St George by de-coding a cryptic message.

Year 6

In Year six we found out about Armed Forces Day and why it is celebrated. We researched facts about the Armed Forces and answered questions based on the ways in which the soldiers and veterans are respected. We also created our own medals and 3D poppies.

St. George’s Day

Nursery

We had a lovely day in Nursery celebrating St George’s Day. We looked at a story all about St George. We sequenced and wrote about the pictures. We designed our own shield using different types of materials and created dragon masks. We re-created the story using knights and castles and were able to role play being St George.

Reception

To celebrate St George's Day we looked at the legend of St George and discussed what made him special. We talked about the people he saved and where he came from. We wrote facts about what made St George special and each designed our own shield to protect us from dragons.

Year 1

We celebrated St George’s Day in year 1 by finding out the story of St George and why he is important. We found out that St. George’s flag was adopted by Richard The Lion Heart and brought to England in the 12th century. Soldiers wore it on their tunics to avoid confusion in battle. We read all about St George and answered questions about him in our English books. We acted out the story of when St George fought the dragon and saved the princess. We also made wanted posters for the dragon, coloured England flags and made paper roses.

Year 2

We celebrated St George’s Day by finding out who Saint George was. We found out about where he came from and how he died for his faith. We listened to the story of George and the Dragon. We wrote a non-chronological report about Saint George and completed a storyboard. We also used different materials to create a collage of a knight.

Year 3

We celebrated St George’s Day by reading the story of St George and the Dragon. We then retold the story using descriptive language. In the afternoon we designed our own dragons and knights and completed a maze so that St George could rescue the princess.

Year 4

We had a lovely day learning about St George. We wrote a newspaper report based on the story of St George and designed our own dragons! We also challenged ourselves with St George maths challenge cards and worked out lots of answers and solved problems. We made dragon masks and scared each other!

Year 5

We learned about the story of St George and how he slayed the dragon and saved the princess. We retold the story of St George in our own words using descriptive language. We also made our own acrostic poems using facts we have learnt about St George’s Day.

Year 6

We found out all about St George’s Day and why it is celebrated. We researched facts about St George’s day and answered questions based on the ways in which it is celebrated. We found out about what the significance of St George’s Day is to the people that live in England.




St. Patrick’s Day

Nursery

In nursery we have been talking about St Patricks Day. We Listened to some Irish music and then made our own Irish dance up. During the afternoon we talked about why Saint Patrick became a Saint. We then decorated our own shamrock using lots of different green textured materials.

Reception

In reception to celebrate St Patrick’s Day we looked at the legend that St Patrick left and discussed his story. We talked about where he was from and the good deeds he did. We talked about the shamrock then created our own using green paint. We added gold glitter to make it lucky!

Year 1

In Year 1 we learnt all about St Patrick’s Day. We found out the life of Saint Patrick and the different ways in which people celebrate. In the afternoon we made split pin leprechauns!

Year 2

In year two we celebrated St Patrick’s Day by finding out who Saint Patrick is. We found out about his early life and the influence he had on the people of Ireland. We found out which countries celebrate St Patrick’s Day and about some of the traditions. We wrote about our findings and then we made our own shamrocks with wishes for family and friends.

Year 3

Year three learnt about St Patrick and why he is important. We answered questions about St Patrick and also discussed the symbols associated with St Patrick’s Day. We designed our own traps to catch leprechauns and described how we were going to catch them. We also practised some Irish dancing.

Year 4

Year four learned all out the patron saint of Ireland – St Patrick. We made our own split pin leprechauns, listened to Irish music and had lots of fun!

Year 5

In Year 5, we learned about St Patrick’s Day and how people across the world celebrate the day. We found out about the famous symbolic signs and also what traditions are celebrated – eating cabbage and bacon & attending church in the morning followed by dancing. We celebrated the day by imagining we had been introduced to a leprechaun and were able to ask for 4 wishes. Including explaining our reasons and feelings for these wishes.

Year 6

In Year 6 we found out all St Patrick’s Day and why it is celebrated around the world. We read and retold the story of St Patrick’s and completed questions based on the ways in which it is celebrated. During the afternoon, we researched why St Patrick is a Saint and how the day links to being lucky.




Chinese New Year

Nursery

In nursery we spent some time looking at the different animals that represent Chinese New Year. We decorated a rooster and made Chinese style hats. We explored Chinese style food in its raw state. We got to taste Chinese rice with a sweet and sour sauce. We listened to Chinese music and attempted our own Chinese dance.

Year 1

We learnt all about Chinese New Year. We looked at the way people celebrate in China and how they decorate their home. The children were amazed at how long the celebrations go on for! In the afternoon we looked at the lantern festival and had a go at making our own paper lanterns.

Year 2

We celebrated Chinese New Year by finding out what happens in China during the New Year period. We found out how people prepare for New Year and what happens on each day following. We looked at some pictures of people celebrating and wrote a report. In the afternoon, we made fortune tellers and coloured them in red and yellow.

Year 3

We learnt about the Chinese New Year story. We learnt that the Jade Emperor told the animals to race so he could measure time. We discovered that 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. We also discovered we were born in the Year of the Rat or the Year of the Ox. We retold the Chinese New Year story and designed our own ox and rat.

Year 4

We learned about how the Chinese celebrate the New Year and how the years were named. In the afternoon we found out about the myth of Nian.

Year 5

In Year 5, we learned about the Chinese New year and how this year is the year of the Rooster. We learnt that the CNY is the main Chinese festival of the year and that the date of the CNY varies from year to year, depending on the new moon (black moon) in late January or February. We learned how Chinese New Year is celebrated and learned how to create a fortune folding dragon.

Year 6

In Year 6 we found out all about Chinese New Year and why it is celebrated around the world. We read and retold the story of Chinese New Year and complete questions based on the ways in which it is celebrated. During the afternoon, we complete our own rooster, as it is the year of the rooster, using coloured mosaic tiles.

St. Andrew's Day

Nursery

We talked about Scotland and some Scottish traditions. We spent some time with an artist to create our own Loch Ness Monster puppet.

Reception

We spent time talking about Scotland and learnt about St Andrew. When the artist came to visit us we all contributed to a large piece of art work of the Loch Ness Monster.

Year 1

After learning about St Andrew we had our own dance lesson with a dance teacher. She played us some traditional Scottish music and we learnt a range of traditional moves to accompany it.

Year 2

Having learnt about St Andrew and Scotland we had a dance lesson with Adeela, the dance teacher. We listened to traditional Scottish music then added some traditional dance moves.

Year 3

After learning about St Andrew’s life as a fisherman we created our own fact files. These are going to be displayed around the school on our SMSC boards!

Year 4

After learning about St Andrew we created a story board to retell the story. We also made our own Loch Ness Monster masks.

Year 5

After learning about St Andrew we wrote our own acrostic poems about his life and achievements.

Year 6

In Year 6 we learnt all about St Andrew and some Scottish traditions. We then created our own profile on St Andrew that will be displayed on the school SMSC board.