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 Harvest. We explored different types of vegetables and chopped up our vegetables ready to make soup. We then took part in food tasting. We also created a paper plate scarecrow and an autumn painting. We have had lots of fun learning all about Harvest.

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

As part of our celebration of ‘Harvest Festival’ Year 1 spent some time discussing what Harvest means and how it is celebrated around the world. We created a class Acrostic Poem for ‘Harvest’ and then we learnt about an artist called ‘Arcimboldo’ who creates portraits of people using fruits and vegetables. We then created our own collages using fruits and vegetables. We had lots of fun and loved creating our collages.

Year 2

During our SMSC day, we learnt all about the Harvest Festival. We looked at how the Harvest Festival is celebrated by Christians and the importance of looking after the land. In the afternoon, we sketched drawings of fruit and vegetables.

Year 3

During our SMSC day, we learnt all about the Harvest Festival. We looked at how the Harvest Festival is celebrated by different cultures from around the world. In the afternoon, we took inspiration from the hymn ‘Autumn days’ to create sketches of autumn scenes.

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

In Year 5 we have been busy learning all about how and when Harvest is celebrated around the globe! We read information and answered reading comprehension questions about what we had read. We then looked at the Italian painter Acrimboldo who is famous for painting portraits made out of fruit, vegetables and fish! Our images were bright and colourful, just like the fruit and vegetables that we were using.

Year 6

In Year 6 we have been busy learning all about how and when Harvest is celebrated around the globe! We wrote our own Harvest poems based on a harvest poem by Brenda Williams. We completed some problems solving and reasoning challenges all about Harvest time. We then looked at the Italian painter Acrimboldo who is famous for painting portraits made out of fruit, vegetables and fish!

Remembrance Day - 12th November 2018

Nursery

Today in nursery we 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 Reception learnt all about Remembrance Day. We looked at the reasons why this is celebrated and the traditions associated with this day. We designed our own medals and created our own individual poppies using a variety of materials as well as poppy crowns.

Year 1

As part of our celebration of ‘Remembrance Day’ Year 1 spent some time discussing what Remembrance means and how it is celebrated around the world. We created our own Acrostic Poems to ‘Remember’ and then we created our own collage Wreaths to help us remember. We also created a class Wreath. We had lots of fun and loved creating our collages.

Year 2

During our SMSC day, we learnt about the importance of Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. We wrote our own acrostic poems using the word ‘poppy’ and then we used a range of materials to create our own poppies.

Year 3

In Year 3, we discussed what happened during the world wars and how that made people feel at the time. We used our discussion to write acrostic poems. We also created our very own pieces of silhouette art.

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

Year 5 have been busy reading poetry written during World War 1. We read Flanders Field by John McCrae. We also read a range of material about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies to remember. We then used this information along with our reading skills to answer reading comprehension questions about Armistice Day. We then created a silohette that we felt captured the image of war. We used a paintwash to create a sunset scene before cutting our images out of black paper. We looked at poppies wreaths and considered different ways to create our own. We attempted to learn the poem Flanders Field and recite this in front of others.

Year 6

Year 6 have been busy reading poetry written during World War 1; we read Flanders Field by John McCrae. We worked out the meaning of unfamiliar words by using the context of the poem and our knowledge of war. Then we took part in a class discussion where we looked at different aspects of the poem including who was speaking and what was the message they were telling the reader.