SMSC 2017-2018

Celebrating Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural 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.

Guy Fawkes - 5th November 2017

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 have been looking at Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate Bonfire Night on November 5th every year! We talked about how Guy Fawkes and his friends decided to try and blow up parliament. We found that we celebrate Bonfire Night because the king survived Guy Fawkes plot, and to celebrate we set of fireworks! We created our very own beautiful firework display using a variety of colours, glitter and materials!

Year 1

In Year 1, we have looked at the life of Guy Fawkes. We have discussed what Guy Fawkes tried to do and why. The children completed a comprehension activity about Guy Fawkes. The children also designed firework pictures and enjoyed using paint and glitter.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning about The Gunpowder Plot. We found out that a man called Guy Fawkes and his friends plotted to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605. They put 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar but they were found by the kings guards and Guy Fawkes was arrested. On November 5th each year we remember that the plot to blow up Parliament failed.

Year 3

In Year 3, we learned about Bonfire Night. We learned all about Guy Fawkes and the story of the Gunpowder Plot. We discussed the rules we need to follow around fireworks and sparklers to ensure we are safe. We then created our own bonfire night picture, using black card and chalk.

Year 4

Year 4 found out about 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. We also created pictures with the Houses of Parliament and fireworks in the sky to symbolise what we celebrate today and why.

Year 5

In Year 5 we have been researching the origins of Bonfire Night and in particular one of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes. We looked at where he was born and why he decided to try and blow up Parliament and the King. We then wrote a biography of the man examining his final capture and death. We then went on to also create silhouette pictures of the event itself.

Year 6

In Year 6 we found out all why we celebrate Bonfire night and researched the life of Guy Fawkes. We create our own fact files using our research based on The Gunpowder Plot and how he attempted to kill King James I. We also created our own poetry based on Bonfire night and shared these with our year group.

Kindness day/week - 16th November 2017

Nursery

During our kindness afternoon in nursery, we discussed what it means to be kind. We all created a large kindness heart to display in the class. We used a range of materials and resources and each painted our handprint onto a large heart. We sent kindness cards and pictures to our friends and all joined in with a kindness celebration.

Reception

Today in reception we have learnt all about world kindness week. We discussed what makes a good friend and the ways in which we can be kind to others and make them smile. We created our own kindness postcards which we wrote kind things to our friends on!

Year 1

We discussed what it is like to be kind to each other. The children worked in groups to discuss how they can be kind. The children then made bracelets to show how they are kind to their friends.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning about kindness. We talked about what kindness means and why it is important to be kind to people. We thought about all the different ways we can be kind to others and how people have been kind to us. In our topic books we made a kind hand by writing a sentence about kindness on a hand shape and decorating it with kind words.

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 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 created our own recipe for a kind person and discussed occasions when we have been particularly kind to others.

Year 5

In Year 5 we discovered how acts of kindness, even on the smallest scale, can trigger and inspire larger acts. We also found out what is meant by kindness and some of the events that happen throughout the year that shows the acts and the impact they have on others.

Year 6

In year 6 we research how and why Kindness day is celebrated around the world. We focused on how we, at Whitfield Valley Primary Academy, promote Kindness throughout Golden Rules. We also wrote our own recipes of how to be a good friend.

Rio De Janeiro 'Mardi Gras' - 12th February 2018

Nursery

We have 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 style of food they eat and the carnivals and music they traditionally perform.

Reception

Today, in Reception, we have looked at what Mardi Gras is and how different countries celebrate it. We talked about how at these carnivals people listen to music, dance and dress up in different costumes! Today we have made some beautiful, colourful masks like they wear at the Mardi Gras!

Year 1

We talked about Rio de Janeiro. We found out lots of facts about Rio de Janeiro. We looked at the festivals and made our own masks. In Maths, we added and subtracted the currency.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning all about Rio De Janeiro. We learned that Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in the country called Brazil and that Brazil can be found in the continent of South America. We found out about different landmarks such as a huge statue called Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Beach. We used a map with a grid to find the co-ordinates of each of the landmarks we had learned about. We also found out about the carnival and made our very own carnival masks.

Year 3

In year 3 we discussed where in the world Rio De Janeiro is. We constructed bar charts to compare the average temperature of Rio De Janeiro and the United Kingdom. We also created our very own carnival masks.

Year 4

Year 4 learnt about Carnival in the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro. First of all, we learnt that Rio De Janeiro is a city in Brazil. We found out that Carnival always starts on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. before Lent. We investigated the customs associated with Carnival and listened to samba music. We looked at many of the masks worn at Carnival and made our very own.

Year 5

We learned all about Rio de Janeiro. We found out that it is the second largest city in Brazil. We looked at where it is on a world map, and found out what they eat in Brazil. We also found out about some of their famous landmarks. We looked at some carnival costumes, made our own carnival masks and danced the Samba.

Year 6

In Year 6, we found out what a carnival is and what people celebrate in Rio De Janeiro. We learnt about the difference of Rio De Janerio and other festivals around the world. We created our own carnival masks using feathers and sequins based on those worn at a carnival celebration.

Easter Story - 23th March 2018

Nursery

Today in Nursery we have learnt all about the Easter story. 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 and painted Easter eggs. At the end of the day we tried some hot cross buns.

Reception

In Reception we have been talking about the Easter Story and how it is an important festival in the Christian calendar. We talked about the resurrection of Jesus. During the day we made some Easter crafts, cutting out and making bunnies, decoration cards and colouring!

Year 1

In Year 1 we read and discussed the Easter Story. We used role play to act out the story and all the children took part. We sequenced the Easter Story and then wrote the story out. We also carried out a variety of Easter craft activities. All the children had a lovely day!

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning about the Easter story. We read the story then put the pictures in order before writing the story in our own words. We found out about how Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, all about the last supper and how he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. We also learned about how he was crucified and then came back to life on Easter Sunday. We made Easter cards and stained glass windows using coloured PVA glue.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of ‘The Easter Story’ Year 3 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

Year 4 learnt about Easter and why it is significant to Christian people. We learnt that Jesus gave himself to save his people and was crucified on the Friday but then he rose again on the Sunday. We created a comic strip to retell the story. During the afternoon, we made Easter nests with eggs in, as we learnt that the empty egg shell symbolises the empty tomb after Jesus resurrection.

Year 5

To celebrate Easter, we wrote a newspaper article reporting about the resurrection of Jesus. We worked out some Easter maths puzzles and completed some word searches.We also made some wonderful Easter cards.

Year 6

Today in Year 6 we have learnt all about the Easter story. We discussed the meaning of Easter and sequenced the Easter story and the key events that happened. During the afternoon, we looked at gifts people may receive around Easter time and how they link to the Easter Story.

Ramadan - 27th May 2018

Nursery

Today in Nursery we have learnt all about Ramadan. 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 a traditional Ramadan feast of curry, chapattis and coconut squares then all enjoyed an Eid celebration.

Reception

In Reception we have been learning all about the meaning of Ramadan. We talked about how Muslims fast during the day time and how they enjoy a delicious meal in the evening. We made some of the food they may enjoy in the evening and even had a little taste. It was delicious!

Year 1

In Year 1 we discussed Ramadan and talked about why it is an important event in the Islamic religion. We learned different facts and completed a comprehension activity so that the children now have a good understanding of what happens during the month of Ramadan. We also carried out a variety of activities linked to Ramadan, including role play, where the children acted out what might happen during the festival.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning about Ramadan. We learned that Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims. Ramadan is a period of ritual fasting. It marks the time when the Quran (their holy book) was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. In our classes we made paper chains of good deeds because Muslims think about people less fortunate than themselves 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

Year 4 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

In year 5 we have been learning all about Ramadan and what this means within Islam. We created fact files about the month of fasting, as well as the celebration of Eid. We found out lots of facts, such as Muslims not being able to watch TV during Ramadan! We then designed our own prayer mats using Islamic designs such as symmetry, geometric shapes and symbols. We enjoyed making these colourful and showing our personalities through them!

Year 6

In Year 6, we discussed the meaning of Ramadan and the religion and countries that celebrate the festival. We researched the festival and create our own Ramadan fact-file without peers. In the afternoon, we tasted a range of food that are eaten during the festival and celebrate the difference between the foods that Christians eat and Muslims. We also designed out own lanterns.

The Queen’s Birthday - 10th June 2018

Nursery

Today we learnt all about how the Queen celebrates her birthday and we all made the Queen a birthday card. In the afternoon we made cucumber sandwiches and all enjoyed a traditional tea party.

Reception

For our Summer 2 SMSC day we celebrated the Queen’s 92nd Birthday! We learnt that the Queen has two birthdays and talked about the trooping of the colour. We then made our own crowns and stood for the national anthem, just like a real royal!

Year 1

We have been learning about the Queen and her birthdays. The children have discussed facts and completed their own fact file. They have designed their own crown and created invitations to the Queen’s birthday party.

Year 2

Today we have celebrated the Queens Birthday. We spoke about what we would do if it was our birthday and how we would plan for a party. Some of us made a party invite for the Queen, some of us designed banners and bunting that the Queen would like at her party and some of us planned everything we would need to prepare for a party for the Queen.

Year 3

In Year 3 we explored who the queen was and what her life is like. We watched part of The Trooping of the Colour, which is held to celebrate her majesty’s birthday. Then we created our very own coat of arms to represent us and our family.

Year 4

To celebrate the Queen’s birthday Year 4 found out why British monarchs usually have two birthdays. We found out that Her Majesty’s actual birthday is on 21st April and she was born in 1926, although her ‘official’ birthday is celebrated at the beginning of June when the weather is likely to be better. We watched the Queen’s Birthday Trooping of the Colour and designed cupcakes for her birthday celebrations. We also sketched pictures of Her Majesty.

Year 5

In Year 5 we watched the Trouping of the Colour and learned about why Her Majesty The Queen has two birthdays. We wrote a letter to Her Majesty, telling her a little about ourselves and wishing her a happy 92nd birthday. We coloured birthday cakes in red white and blue in her honour and had some royal puzzles, games and Maths activities to complete.

Year 6

As part of our celebration about The Queen’s birthday, we learnt about how the Queen has two different birthdays and the reasons for this. We also wrote letters to the Queen, wishing her a happy birthday and designed some colourful birthday cakes for Her Majesty.