Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

At Norton-le-Moors Primary Academy, 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.

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural events Calendar 2016-2017

Term Event
Autumn 1 Black History
Autumn 2 St. Andrew’s Day
Spring 1 Chinese New Year
Spring 2 St. David’s and St. Patrick’s Day
Summer 1 St. George’s Day
Summer 2 Armed Forces Day

We will be sharing photographs and details of all our SMSC days on this page.




Armed Forces Day

Nursery

Today in Nursery we learnt all about heroes in our community. We took part in a quiz to find out what makes 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

As part of our Armed Forces Day, the reception class enjoyed learning all about the jobs of our local heroes. We discussed how we have been helped by a local hero and what kind of hero the children would like to become when they’re older. In the morning we designed medals and wrote about our heroes. In the afternoon we had a visitor from a soldier who told the class about his job and the special medals that he had been awarded by HRH Prince Phillip.

Year 1

In year 1 the children made fabulous medals and learnt all about the medals awarded to soldiers due to their bravery. Year 1 had a special soldier visitor who explained all about his job and the medals which he had been awarded by HRH Prince Phillip.

Year 2

Year 2 enjoyed creating their own medals and learnt all about the life of a soldier. A soldier visited them in the afternoon and talked about the medals which he has been awarded throughout his career.

Year 3A

Year 3A learnt all about Armed Forces Day and why we celebrate it. We completed some research and answered comprehension questions. Then we looked at the Invictus Games and designed a medal for the race.

Year 3C

In the morning we answered some Armed Forces comprehension questions and looked at some of the differences between the Armed Forces. In the afternoon we designed a medal that we could hand out at the Invictus Games.

Year 4

In Year 4 we researched; who are the Armed Forces and why we celebrate Armed Forces’ day. We then wrote a non-chronological report explaining all about the different Armed Forces including The British Army, The Royal Navy and The Royal Air Force. We also talked about how it felt to help someone and times in our lives when he had been helped and how we felt. We then made our own helmets using tissue paper and sugar paper to create a camouflage effect, we used string to tie the helmets under our chins. We also took part in whole school assembly where we met a soldier, we asked lots of questions and listened to his stories.

Year 5

As part of our celebrations of Armed Forces Day year 5 spent some of the time discussing what Armed Forces Day is and why we celebrate it. We completed a reading comprehension all about the Armed Forces and a time line about the history of World War Two. Later we designed a VE medal too that would be given to soldiers that fought for our country. We also listened to a soldier who told us all about his experiences in the Army.

Year 6

As part of our celebrations of Armed Forces Day year 6 spent some of the time discussing what Armed Forces Day is and why we celebrate it. We completed a reading comprehension all about the Armed Forces and a time line about the history of World War Two. Later we designed a VE medal too that would be given to soldiers that fought for our country. We also listened to a soldier who told us all about his experiences in the Army.




St Patricks Day

Nursery

Nursery have had a lovely day learning all about St Patricks Day. We watched a power point where we learnt all about St Patrick and where he lived. We then spent the day taking part in a wide range of St Patricks Day activities such as, Card making, cutting, colouring, painting, shadow matching and writing.

Reception

In Reception we learnt all about Saint Patrick and some of the work he did as the Saint of Ireland. We learnt how different people celebrate Saint Patrick's Day and why most people wear green on this special day. We really enjoyed looking at the different symbols of Saint Patrick's Day and we created our own finger painted rainbow complete with a pot of gold and the famous Leprechaun.

Year 1

We celebrated and explored the key meaning and traditions of St Patrick’s Day. We discussed how St Patrick’s life is celebrated in many countries around the world. We independently completed comprehension activities! In the afternoon we listened to Irish folk music and made split-pin leprechauns.

Year 2

On 17th March Year 2 celebrated and explored the key meaning and traditions of St Patrick’s Day. We discussed St Patrick’s life and the way in which his life is celebrated across many countries. We completed a comprehension activity, listened to traditional Irish folk music and made our very own lucky Leprechaun’s.

Year 3A

In Year 3A we learnt all about the work Saint Patrick did in Ireland, and how Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the U.K, Ireland and America. We learnt that he took Christianity to Ireland. We had great fun painting and designing Leprechauns. We also had a chance to practice our times-tables by creating an Irish flag in a colour by number activity.

Year 3C

In the morning, we researched all about St. Patrick and what makes him so important to the Irish people. We found out when he was born, why people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and what traditions there are! In the afternoon, we created our very own Leprechaun using finger paints! We also completed some St. Patrick’s multiplication questions to reveal the Irish flag and designed our own badge. The children loved researching about St. Patrick. He is the patron Saint of Ireland and introduced Christianity to the Irish people. He dies on the 17th March 461, which is now the day that we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. He used the Shamrock, or the three-leaf clover, to teach people about the Holy Trinity – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

Year 4

In Year 4 we learnt all about the work Saint Patrick did in Ireland, and how Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the U.K, Ireland and America. We researched facts about Saint Patrick’s Day to find out which ones were true and which were false.

Year 5

Year 5 started their day by reading about how St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world. We learned more about this by reading different texts and answering reading comprehension questions. We completed two craft activities where we decorated shamrock leaves and created our own leprechaun using orange paint and forks.

Year 6

As part of our celebration of ‘St Patrick’s Day’ year 6 spent some time discussing who St Patrick was and why we celebrate every year. We completed a reading comprehension all about St Patrick and enjoyed completing a maths mosaic of a Leprechaun, we also discussed why these are associated with Ireland and St Patrick. Later we designed our own shamrocks using a range of different techniques. We also discussed the Fundamental British Values of Tolerance and Mutual Respect - focussing specifically on how everyone has different beliefs but it does not affect us as people.




Chinese New Year

Nursery

Today we have been looking at a power point all about China and Chinese New Year. We have learnt all about the similarities and differences between Chinese people and British people. We looked at how the Chinese People celebrate Chinese New Year and what different traditions they have, such as lighting lanterns to keep away evil spirits. We have had a fantastic Chinese New Year!

Reception

Today we have been learning about China and Chinese New Year. We looked at how the Chinese People celebrate Chinese New Year and what different traditions they have. We also looked at the story of how each year is named after the twelve different animals. As this year is the year of the Rooster we created our own paper plate Rooster. We had a food tasting experience to try some different Chinese foods. The foods we tried were: rice, sweet and sour sauce and prawn crackers. We have had a fantastic Chinese New Year!

Year 1

The year of the rooster; why is it called that? Ask any one from year 1 and they’ll tell you all about it! We had so much fun learning about all the celebrations that take place, especially watching the dragon dance! The creative side of us came out when we made our Chinese drums, we used paper plates and joined them together with different materials!

Year 2

We learned all about Chinese New Year and the story that goes with it. We found out how each year is named after an animal. What animal is your birth year? In the morning, we completed a comprehension task all about ‘Chinese New Year’. Following on from this we looked at the Chinese Zodiac and explored and discussed the different animals. During the afternoon we created our Chinese fan using a variety of folding skills to create a concertina effect. We added some details using pictures and glitter.

Year 3A

We learned all about Chinese New Year and the story that goes with it. We found out how each year is named after an animal. What animal is your birth year? In the morning, we did some maths questions using Chinese numbers! We also created our own character and put it into the story of the Chinese New Year! We also made Chinese Dragons using our Design and Technology skills. We used lollipop sticks, string and lots of different types of ribbon to create our dragon! We even got the chance to taste and eat Chinese snacks. They were yummy!

Year 3C

We learned all about Chinese New Year and the story that goes with it. We found out how each year is named after an animal. What animal is your birth year? In the morning, we did some maths questions using Chinese numbers! We also created our own character and put it into the story of the Chinese New Year! We also made Chinese Dragons using our Design and Technology skills. We used lollipop sticks, string and lots of different types of ribbon to create our dragon!

Year 4

First of all we look at what Chinese New Year is exploring when it is celebrated and some of the traditions associated with it. We wrote a diary imagining that we were celebrating the New Year we included what happened on different days and how we felt about it. Next we looked at the tale of Mr Shen Tan a poor Chinese man who left his village to go and find work so that he could feed his starving family, before making our own tangrams and retelling the story to our friends, we also tried to make our own tangram objects! Finally we practised writing Chinese words that bring luck and good fortune before making a paper plate drum and choosing two of the words to put on either side of our drum.

Year 5

We learned all about Chinese New Year and the story that goes with it. We found out how each year is named after an animal. What animal is your birth year? In the morning, we completed a comprehension task all about ‘Chinese New Year’. Following on from this we looked at the Chinese Zodiac and explored the personality traits of the animals of the zodiac. During the afternoon we created our own poster about our chosen animal from the Chinese Zodiac and used our creative flair to make a 3D dragon.

Year 6

As part of our celebration of ‘Chinese New Year’ year 6 spent some time discussing what Chinese New Year is, how it is celebrated and how the different animal zodiac symbols were decided. We completed a reading comprehension all about Chinese New Year and enjoyed finding out the animal for our birth year. Later we created our own zodiac wheels for each of the twelve animals. After lunch we spent some time focussing on the five Fundamental British Values: Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance. We wrote letters to our parents explaining what these values mean and how they can be followed both at home and in school.

St. Andrew's Day

Nursery

Nursery have had a lovely day learning about St Andrew. We have looked at a power point and talked about St Andrew and where he comes from. We have had a very creative day making our very own Scottish flag by scrunching up blue and white tissue paper.



Reception

Today the reception children enjoyed taking part in a dance lesson to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day. They also found out about St. Andrew and they wrote sentences about him. The children had fun making Scottish flags too!



Year 1

In year 1 we had lots of fun! We learnt all about St. Andrew and the journey of his life. We tried our hand at Highland fling dancing, some of us were naturals and some of us couldn’t stay on our feet! We talked about Scottish culture and made tartan paper chains.


Year 2

As part of our celebration of St Andrews Day year 2 took part in a dance workshop with Dee and learnt the traditional Highland fling. We then looked further into the meaning and background of St Andrews Day and explored and discussed many of the traditions of Scotland. We had lots of fun making our own tartan weave patterns.



Year 3A

We began our day by researching information about St Andrew. After learning about the Loch Ness monster, we designed our own mythical creature. Some of us had fun shoeing the class how our mythical creatures moved about in the water, We were very energetic! We then took part in a Scottish themed Dance workshop. We have learnt lots about St Andrew and Scotland.





Year 3C

Adeela visited our school and we learned two Scottish dances! We enjoyed working in small groups and even dancing on our own! In the morning, we created our own mythical creature and planned a story involving our creature. We also learned about St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. We learned about the Scottish flag. In Scotland, St. Andrew’s Day is celebrated with dance festivals, different foods, art shows, poem writing and bagpipe-playing!




Year 4

To begin with we took part in an art workshop were we created our own comic strip images of a Scottish Haggis character! Then we completed a study of Andrew’s life, learning all about his life, and how he became canonised as Saint. Finally we looked at Scotland and discovered it was famous for lots of things including; bagpipes, kilts, the Highland Games and the Loch Ness Monster! We then made our own Loch Ness Monster masks using the skill of collage.





Year 5

In year five we began our morning by reading through lots of information about Saint Andrew, we found out so many new pieces of information and even Mrs Heath learned something new! Next we took part in the fantastic art workshop, we all helped Sarah with a big piece of art work and we all made our own Haggis (we imagined that Haggis was an actual animal and so created our own). We completed reading comprehension activities, portraits of St Andrew, fact files and acrostic poems. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and learnt lots of new things.


Year 6

As part of our celebration of ‘St Andrew’s Day’ year 6 spent some time discussing who St Andrew is and why he is a patron saint. We read all about his history and learnt lots of new facts about his life. We completed a reading comprehension all about St Andrew and enjoyed completing a Fact File all about him. Later we created our own tartan patterns and completed a sketch of St Andrew. After lunch we had a fantastic time taking part in an Art Workshop where we got to design and make our own ‘Haggis’ character using different materials.







Black History Month

Nursery

In Nursery we looked at a power point about Mary Seacole. We talked about Mary Seacole being a nurse and asked questions about how nurses help us when were poorly. We wrote a list of the different ways a nurse helps us. We looked at power point of African Drummers performing, we talked about what the drums look like and how they play them. We had a selection of drums to look at and we all tried to play a rhythm. We had a great day and loved experimenting with the drums.


Reception

For our Black History Day the reception class enjoyed dancing to different sounds and heard a wonderful story about a young boy from Africa. The reception children also enjoyed learning about Martin Luther King and his dream for equality between black and white African Americans. The children then wrote about their dreams on a speech bubble.


Year 1

Year 1 had a great day learning about Mary Seacole and her wonderful adventures across the many lands. We also learnt about Martin Luther King, writing our very own dreams. In the afternoon we had fantastic time learning the African drums! We sang like birds and danced like monkeys, there was not a smile out of place.


Year 2

As part of our celebration of the Black History we looked at ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ and discussed what these words mean. We related this back to the past and discussed how many black people were treated unfairly and unequal. We explored and learnt about Martin Luther King and the dream and vision that he was determined to implement to ensure that all people were equal and had the same rights irrelevant of their race. We all created our own dream for the future and shared this with each other. We also explored African clothing and looked at the kente cloth and the different meanings that the colours on the cloths represent. During the afternoon we took part in an African drumming workshop and made different sounds and music patterns using the drums.


Year 3A

Mbaye African Drumming visited our school. They were amazing. We sang, we danced, we played the drums and we had so much fun. We learnt about Rosa Parks. She was the lady with black skin that refused to get out of her seat for a white person. Year 3A felt that this was a ridiculous rule because we believe everybody should have the same rules. After that we designed an African drum and described some of the history about drumming. African people used their drums to communicate with each other.



Year 3C

Mbaye African drumming visited our school and taught us some drumming skills, some African songs that we danced to. They were fantastic and we had a lot of fun!In the morning, we wrote our very own set of instructions on how to design an African Bongo Drum. These instructions can be used by anyone if they would like to make a homemade drum to play with! Also on Black History Day, we learned about an amazing lady called Rosa Parks. She was amazing because she stood up for herself on a bus when a man asked her to give up her seat because of the colour of her skin. 3C decided this was extremely unfair and that everyone is equal no matter what their skin colour is.


Year 4

We spoke about why we are learning about Black History and how this relates to British Values and our Social, Emotional and Moral well-being. We took part in an amazing drumming workshop, where we learnt about African cultures and how they used their drums. We learnt that they used their drums to communicate. A study of Nelson Mandela – we read lots about him and then produced a timeline of important events during his life. African Sunset silhouettes – Children worked with pastels to create a silhouette of an African animal.


Year 5

In year five we began the morning with our drumming workshop, we had so much fun and found out so many new pieces of information. We returned to class chanting and then wrote a short piece about what we had done. We read some information about what Black History Month is and looked at some famous black people. We then answered comprehension questions about Nelson Mandela and then used this to create a fact file. We finished our day by reading a story about a slave working in the Caribbean. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and learnt lots of new things.


Year 6

As part of our celebration of ‘Black History Day’ year 6 spent some time discussing what Black History day is and why it is celebrated each year. We read all about famous Black People who changed history, including: Mary Seacole, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parkes. Our main learning took place around the famous Martin Luther King. We completed a reading comprehension all about Martin Luther King and enjoyed learning about his famous speech ‘I have a Dream…’ Later we created our own sketches and fact files and we really enjoyed taking part in a Drumming Workshop.