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.

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

On Thursday September 21st the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated both the Jewish Festival of Rosh Hashanah and International Peace Day.

Nursery

We have had a busy day in nursery learning all about the Jewish festival Rosh Hashanah. During the morning 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 and pomegranate. We ended our day dancing and playing musical instruments to a traditional Rosh Hashanah song called Shana Tova.

Reception

For our SMSC Day we spent some time learning about Rosh Hashana, 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 Hashana card for our family and friends.

Year 1

We had lots of fun in Year 1 learning about the Jewish celebration of New Year. We completed a comprehension about Rosh Hashanah and then we brought festival to life and tried some of the traditional foods such as apples dipped in honey and pomegranate seeds.

We had a fantastic afternoon learning about the International Day of Peace and why it is important that we celebrate it. We created a piece of art work and had lots of fun singing some lovely songs!

Year 2

To celebrate this day we discussed what the day is and why/how the Jewish religion choose to celebrate it and here is what we found out. Rosh Hashanah is a time for people to think about what is important to them in life and to reflect on what they have achieved in the past year. During Rosh Hashanah Jewish people spend their time in their synangogue, praying for forgiveness and reflecting on their lives. After the service the family like to eat a meal together that consists of lots of sweet treats such as bread and apples dipped in honey.

We had a great afternoon in year 2 celebrating International world peace day. We discussed the definition of peace and what the meaning of world peace is. We talked about how we can generate peace in our school by respecting everyone as an individual and embracing diversity. Together we made a handprint wreath of all of the different flags from around the world.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of ‘Rosh Hashanah’ Year 3 spent some time discussing what Rosh Hashanah is and how it is celebrated. We completed a piece of writing about the celebration and we thought about the period of reflection and our own hopes and dreams for the next year. We also looked at some of the foods that are eaten during Rosh Hashanah, in particular, Apples dipped in Honey and Honey biscuits.

As part of our celebration of ‘The International Day of Peace’ Year 3 spent some time discussing what this meant and why it is celebrated. We spent some time discussing what peace meant and how we could do our bit to ensure we live in a peaceful world. We then created our own Acrostic Poems and Concrete Poems themed around peace. Later we spent some time looking at previous logos for the International Day of Peace and discussing what they had in common. We then designed our own logo.

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. We even had a go at reflecting on our year and planning for next year!

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!

Year 5

In Year 5, we had fun spending the morning finding out about Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish festival. We completed a reading comprehension about then took what we had learned to create fact files, complete with our own drawings.

During the afternoon, Year 5 discussed what we mean by ‘peace’ and why it is important within our lives and across the world. We created prayers based on the peace that we hoped for individually and internationally. We talked about current events across the world and how important it was to see peace maintained.

Year 6

In year 6 we discussed what (if anything) we knew about Rosh Hashanah. We looked through a PowerPoint together and discussed what we had found. We then read a text and answered reading comprehension questions to apply a range of skills and help with our understanding of the festival.

In Year 6 we discussed what international meant and what peace meant. We then discussed why we would need international symbols of peace. We looked at international symbols of peace and used these to create our own – either completely new ones or we incorporated ideas from several existing symbols. We enjoyed our art work and produced some super pieces.

Guy Fawkes - 5th November 2017

On Thursday 2nd September the academy held a Guy Fawkes/Parliament celebration day and explored and celebrated the traditional meaning of Bonfire night.

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 a large class bonfire collage using a range of materials and tools.

Reception

For our SMSC Day we spent some time learning about the importance of bonfire night and the reason we celebrate it each year. We talked about what we see, hear and feel when we are at a bonfire and how to stay safe. We looked at firework displays and talked about all the different colours we could see and created our own firework painting.

Year 1

In Year 1 we had a fabulous day learning all about Guy Fawkes and The Gun Powder Plot. We then created out very own bonfire masterpieces in the afternoon, mixing primary colours to make secondary colours!

Year 2

In Year 2, we discussed the story behind Guy Fawkes. We wrote a short recount about the ‘Gunpowder plot’ story, with events happening before and leading right up to when the 5th of November arrived. We also found out who the king was in 1605. We now understand why we have bonfire night. In art we looked at different pictures of fireworks. We looked at colour and different techniques to blend our media’s together. Then we made our very own firework display over the ‘Houses of Parliament’.

Year 3

As part of our celebration of ‘Guy Fawkes Day’ Year 3 spent some time discussing who Guy Fawkes was and why we remember him on Bonfire Night. We completed a reading comprehension to learn new facts and then created acrostic poems based on Fireworks and Bonfire Night. Later on we used pastels to create our own bright and colourful Firework pictures. We really enjoyed our day and are excited to see lots of fireworks in the next few days!

 

Year 4

Y4 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 information 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 spent the morning learning about the Gunpowder Plot. We completed a comprehension and then re-told the story from Guy Fawkes’ point of view. In the afternoon, we created a firework scene behind the shadows of the London skyline using a variety of materials.

Year 6

In year six we completed some reading about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. We read the story and a fact file all about him. Once we had completed this we used a range of skills to answer comprehension questions. For our creative piece we created an image using a technique which involved wax crayons.