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 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
|Autumn 2||Guy Fawkes/Parliament (5th Nov) |
Kindness day/week (13th Nov)
|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)
|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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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’.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Kindness day/week - 16th November 2017
On Thursday 16th November the academy held a Kindness celebration afternoon and explored and celebrated the meaning of kindness week.
Today in nursery 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 used our handprints to create a friendship heart to represent kind hands, kind actions and kind words.
In reception for SMSC day we looked at kindness. We talked about different ways to be kind to our friends and family. We looked at how different people are kind in different ways and what we need to do if we have upset someone. We each printed our own handprint to put on our friendship tree and made a friendship card for someone how means something to us.
In Year 1 to celebrate world kindness day, we discussed how we could be kind to each other and what we would do if we saw someone not being very kind. Then we made a class kindness paper-chain with examples of how to be kind.
To celebrate Kindness week. In year 2 we made sure that we carried out a random act of kindness everyday. We discussed how we could be kind and what the word kindness meant. We enjoyed drawing around our hands and writing about different acts of kindness. Year 2 made a promise to each other that we will always be… Nice to be nice.
As part of our celebration of ‘Kindness Day’ Year 3 spent some time discussing what ‘Kindness’ is and how we can show kindness to other people. We all thought of a kind thing to say to one of our friends and we couldn’t stop smiling when we heard what other people had to say about us. We then created our own Kindness board game. We had to think of ways to be kind to move forward in the game and also some unkind things which sent us backwards.
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 completed a ‘bucket of kindness’ and discussed occasions when we have been particularly kind to others.
Year 5 looked at what kindness means to us and we created visual thesauruses to show this. We then thought about people who have acted kindly towards us. We wrote letters to those people to thank them for their acts of kindness and explain the impact that they have had. Finally, we selected an ‘act of kindness’ which we aim to carry out by the end of the week. The hope is that we keep up the kindness!
In year six we looked at what kindness was, we discussed different scenarios in class and how we could ensure to be kind to others. We also thought about how to teach others to be kind to each other. We used the laptops and the Publisher programme to create our own kindness booklet.
Rio de Janeiro ‘Mardi Gras' - 8th February 2018
On Thursday 8th February the academy held an SMSC celebration day and explored and celebrated the festival of Mardi Gras.
We had a very busy afternoon learning all about Rio de Janeiro. We began with looking at some facts all about Rio de Janeiro. We looked at different masks that people wear at carnivals. Then we used feathers, glue and glitter to make our own Mardi Gras masks.
As part of our celebration of ‘Rio de Janeiro’ we explored the meaning of ‘Mardi Gras’ and the traditions associated with this celebration. We watched a video of a carnival and created our own masks. Our masks were vibrant, extravagant and extremely sparkly. We hope you like them!
In year 1 we had a fantastic afternoon learning all about the Rio De Janeiro carnival. We played some samba music and had a little dance. But our favourite part was creating our amazing masks!
During our SMSC topic this week, Year 2 have learnt all about ‘Rio de Janeiro’. We have learnt all about the carnival, the bright colours and the different masks that they wear during the carnival. We also used the internet to research about the significant landmarks in Brazil.
As part of our celebration of ‘Rio de Janeiro’ Year 3 spent some time learning about Rio de Janeiro including where it is and what life is like there. Then we watched a video to see part of a carnival. After we enjoyed creating our own carnival masks using lots of different equipment.
As part of our SMSC day, we learned all about Rio de Janeiro. We researched it’s location and the population of the city itself. We also found out what Rio is famous for - festivals and carnivals! Finally, we created and designed our own Brazilian carnival mask!
In year five we completed some reading about the carnival that takes place. We also read about food, landmarks and the location of Rio. We used this information to write an advert for a trip to this area. We thought about what people would want to know before they visited. We also completed our own carnival masks.
In year six we completed some reading about the carnival that takes place. We also read about food, landmarks and the location of Rio. We used this information to write persuasively to persuade someone to visit. We also completed our own carnival masks.
Ramadan - 27th May 2018
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 made some traditional Ramadan coconut squares and enjoyed an Eid celebration.
During our Ramadan celebration day we explored the meaning of and traditions associated with the Muslim faith. We made and tasted some traditional foods that are eaten during the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr. We also took part in some traditional dancing, made cards for our loved ones and used a variety of materials to make lanterns.
We had a day filled with fun, whilst learning lots about the Muslim religion. We started the day off completing comprehension activities. Then we explored the meaning of ‘Sadaqah’ and made our very own Sadaqah jar.
In Year 2 we learnt about what Ramadan is and we reasearched all about their festival. We found out that Muslims celebrate Ramadan and that they have an extra celebration at the end called Eid. We wrote all about Eid and created a non-chronological report about it. We found out about what it was like to be a Muslim during Ramadan, all about their traditions and practices.
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 began the day by reading all about Ramadan and learning why people take part in Ramadan. We discussed the Five Pillars of Islam, the Qur'an and how Ramadan is similar to the sacrifices that people make in other religions. In the afternoon, we looked in more detail at the Five Pillars of Islam. We designed our own Pillars by adding detail and colour, before cutting them out for our display!
Year 5 discussed what we already knew. We then looked through specific information on Ramadan. We used this to answer reading comprehension questions about the important religious celebration. We thought about what we would find the hardest if we had to fast in the same way as a Muslim does during Ramadan, we also thought about the differences between how a Muslim prays and how a Christian prays. We finished the day with a creative task where designed our own prayer mat having looked at the significance of these.
Year 6 discussed what we already knew. We then thought about what we know about Islam in general, we discussed and made some comparisons with other religions. We then looked through specific information on Ramadan. We used this to answer reading comprehension questions about the important religious celebration. We used a range of reading skills and found out things that we didn’t already know.