The Festival of Eid Ui Fitr
Nursery learnt all about how Eid was celebrated and about Muslim traditions. We then designed our own head scarfs, Mendhi and prayer mats. We then had our art workshop. We made friendship cards to give to someone of our choice, full of colours, and had a go at making our own hand prints. We then made celebration Eid cards and learnt all about being the best person we could be.
We read the story of Eid and discussed the sacrifice that Ibrahim was willing to make for his God. We found out all about why Muslims take off their shoes before entering the Mosque. We also discovered the ways in which Muslims celebrate the Festival of Eid. We accessed a wide variety of activities including designing mehndi handprints and writing Eid cards. We also took part in an art workshop and made individual Eid gifts.
We read facts about Eid and found answers to questions within the text. We found out why Muslims take off their shoes before entering the Mosque. We also discovered why Muslims wash their hands and feet before praying to their God. We accessed a wide variety of activities that included an art workshop and made individual Eid gifts. We had a chance to design and make our own Mendhi patterns. It was tricky at first to make our patterns small but we managed in the end.
Year 2C & 2R
We researched and discussed what this festival represents for the Muslim faith. We explored the meaning of Eid and the many traditions that Mulsim partake in during their celebrations. We accessed a wide variety of activities that included an art workshop and made individual Eid gifts. We also wrote about the celebration during our English lesson and designed and created our own mosaic patterns for a prayer mat.
We learnt lots of interesting things during the SMSC Day. We had the opportunity to learn a celebratory dance in the hall and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We then learnt all about Ramadan and Eid and how it is celebrated. Today, we designed and produced beautiful items of clothing that Muslim women wear and we completed a comprehension on the way Ramadan and Eid is celebrated.
As part of our celebration for Eid-Al-Adha, Year 4 spent the day looking at the reasons why Muslims celebrate this festival. We had a really busy day studying the history of the celebration and the different things that Muslims do during this time. We really enjoyed taking part in a dance workshop where we got to perform a routine. We loved the different moves and getting to shout Eid Mubarak to wish people a Happy Eid! After break we looked at Mehndi Henna designs and why women have these during different celebrations. We then designed our own Henna patterns and enjoyed thinking about the intricate designs and how to make them stand out.
In the afternoon we thought about the feast which Muslims enjoy and the different types of foods and drinks they serve. We wrote a set of instructions on how to make a Mango Lassi - a beverage served during the Eid-Al-Adha celebrations. We then made and tasted our own Mango Lassi. We all had a fantastic day and now know lots of new facts about Eid-Al-Adha.
Year 5 at Norton le Moors Primary Academy took part in a fantastic celebration of the Islamic festival – Eid. During our most recent SMSC day, we explored two different types of Eid festival: Eid al hada and Eid al fitr. One of the Eid festivals was an occasion of feasting and enjoying all things luxurious, the other was an expression of gratitude and respect to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Our morning began with an introduction to both Festivals where we took part in Reading activities to deepen our understanding, then we moved on to explore Eid and the Islamic faith – we designed our very own prayer mat and considered the different motifs and symbols that could be used to show our respect to this faith. During the afternoon, we took part in a Dance work shop where we practised our very own Islamic dance routine, we then performed this to the rest of the school! We had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
We started the day by reading lots of information about Eid, we shared any information that we already knew and discussed what new information we had found out. We then completed a reading comprehension and answered questions about what we read. After this, we completed a piece of writing, giving information all about Eid. We also looked at Mehndi patterns and why they are a tradition around the time of Eid, we then produced our own using bright colours. During the afternoon we learnt a traditional dance and performed this for the school – this is the part that we enjoyed the most.
The History of Great Britain
We had the opportunity to go out on to the grass and play some lawn games, like bowls and badminton, It was fun! We then learnt all about different British foods and where they originate from. We wrote our own menu with our favourite British foods, like Fish and Chips. We had lots of activities out in the classroom, like designing our own dinner plate and painting a full English breakfast. In the afternoon, we had a very special visit from the Lord Mayor, and we told him all about our food tasting. We had Yorkshire puddings, sausages and gravy!! Then we went into the hall and watched some British dancing and music with the rest of the school.
For our SMSC day the reception class listened to 1960’s music and compared it to current music. We discussed the instruments which the children could hear and also the type of music which they heard. Later, the children played old fashioned tradition garden games. Afterwards, the children created their own musical instruments using their choice of materials.
We had an amazing day celebrating the History of Great Britain. We laughed and laughed whilst watching Laurel and Hardy and learnt about old movies. We went outside and played traditional lawn games like, croquet, cricket, boules and other such games. We then had a very important visit from the Lord Mayor. He was such a lovely man and he loved our school, he even promised to visit again.
Year 2C & 2R
On Wednesday in year 2C & 2R we looked at what made up Great Britain, what we meant by traditions and what traditions we have in the history of Britain. We looked at the traditions of May Day, the type of dancing that they did traditionally. We then went outside and played some traditional lawn games.
Year 3 came to school dressed in red, white and blue clothes and some even came as famous British people and children. We had a very British theme of sports to research into in year 3 and we really enjoyed choosing Wimbledon as our focus. We first found out lots of interesting information about Wimbledon past and present and then produced a fact file. We then researched some more and discovered that Andy Murray is a famous and talented Tennis player. We then wrote a biography on Andy Murray. In the afternoon, we as a whole class worked on an art piece with Sarah across in the pod. It looked fantastic!
As part of our celebration of the ‘History of Great Britain’, year 4 spent the day looking at the history of British Food. In the morning we spent some time learning what British Values were and then we started to research British Foods. We then wrote our own non-chronological reports about British Food. After break we took part in an art workshop where we made our own British ribbon sticks, Bunting for the Queen’s birthday and helped to produce a whole school canvas.
Year 5 had the opportunity to explore the history of Great Britain. During the day, we took part in lots of different activities to enhance our knowledge and understanding of the history of our country. We explored the theme of British rock legends. We researched the origins of some of the biggest rock legends of our time. This included Status Quo, Queen and Oasis. We then made up or own songs using their theme tunes.
Year 6 started by looking at the history of British fashion and music. We read lots of information and considered the fact that fashion and music has influences from around the world. We wrote this information up as a non-chronological report. We took part in an art workshop which we really enjoyed. Our afternoon was spent designing a new item of clothing based on clothing from another decade. We listened to music from the 1950’s through to present day, this included The Beatles and UB40. We discussed the changes in music over time.
The Queens Birthday
For the Queens 90th birthday, Nursery started their celebrations by writing invitations to the royal party. We tried our hardest to hear all of the letter sounds and form them correctly! We had lots of craft activities out also, we had to design the Queens party dress, and make 3D royal characters. It was fun! In the afternoon, we had our party, dedicated to the Queens 90th birthday. There was lots of yummy cake and balloons for us to bounce around in the air! We also waved our Union Jack flags around the hall to show off all of our royal fancy dress to the rest of the school.
As part of our SMSC day the reception class discussed who the Queen is and her role. We designed a birthday cake for the Queen and made crowns too! The children pretended to be the Queen, which helped to extend the children’s speaking and listening skills. Throughout the afternoon, the children designed their own royal costume and practised a royal wave.
We have had such an amazing day learning about the Queen and celebrating her 90th Birthday. We began by parading our fancy dress in a whole school assembly. We waved our flags and sang the National Anthem. Then we researched lots of information about the Queen and wrote about it. We finished our day by designing Royal Birthday cakes and shields, followed by a little birthday party. In the Queens absence we shared a birthday cake.
On Thursday 21st April year 2 celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in style! We started the day with a whole school assembly to celebrate and wish the Queen a very happy birthday. We had flags to wave, we dressed as Kings and Queens and we sang the National Anthem. We continued our celebrations by making our very own crowns and reading and retelling the story of ‘The Queen’s Hat’. Finally we enjoyed some yummy cream cakes and had our own tea party in our classroom.
In 2SR, children have had a lovely day celebrating the Queens 90th birthday. We started the day by designing symmetrical patterned crowns. Then we made the crown using a paper plate. Afterwards we enjoyed reading the book ‘The Queen’s Hat’, where we retold the story. At the end of the day we celebrated in style and had a PARTY!
Year 3 had lots of fun celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday! We started the day by coming to school dressed as a King or Queen. We then went to a morning assembly, sang the National Anthem and waved our Great British Flags. Back in the classroom, we wrote a letter to the Queen asking her about her birthday plans and gave her some of our own suggestions on how she could spend her day. (Bowling, Cinema). We then spent the afternoon designing a new item for the Queen. Some of us designed a new dress, others designed a throne. We finished off the day by having a small tea party in the classroom with all our friends.
As part of our celebration of the ‘Queen’s 90th Birthday, year 4 spent some time discussing who the Queen is and what her role is as Queen of England. We wrote a letter to a friend inviting them to her class birthday party and telling them lots of information about Queen Elizabeth II. Year 4 then completed our own family tree of the royal family and sketched portraits of the Queen. In the afternoon we created our own bunting to decorate our classroom with and then we enjoyed our own birthday party to celebrate the Queen, we even enjoyed delicious cream cake!
On Thursday 21st April, 2016 the teachers and children in Year 5 celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday. How exciting! First of all, we discussed the Royal family and the importance they hold within society. As Mathematicians, we planned and budgeted for the Queen’s 90th birthday party using column addition and decimal numbers. As Writers, we wrote a persuasive letter to persuade Queen Elizabeth to hold a birthday party for everyone in Britain to attend. Our arguments were extremely strong! The day was filled with lots of fun activities including crafts and a whole school assembly where we sung the national anthem. In the afternoon, we finished our day by hosting our very own party with music, cake and games! We had a blast!
Year 6 started the day by reading information about the Queen, we decided on what we thought was the most important information about her. We then put this into our own words and wrote a non-chronological report all about her. We created a birthday card for the Queen and we designed a birthday cake for her. During the afternoon we used our art skills to replicate a famous portrait of her. We finished our day by holding a party, we ate cream cake, listened to music and played games.
Holi - The Festival of Colour
NurseryOn Holi day Nursery started by looking at what Holi Day was. We discussed who and why people celebrate Holi Day. We then wrote a super simple sentence about this, recalling the facts we had learnt earlier that morning. At the top of our work, we drew a picture of somebody throwing coloured paint! In the afternoon, we looked through some photographs of Holi day and all chose which activity to celebrate Holi day was our favourite.
As part of Holi Festival celebration, we enjoyed taking part in a dance workshop. We explored new ways of moving and negotiating space. We recapped the story of Holi and wrote down differing ways in which Hindu followers celebrate.
Year 1We have a colour filled day of fun, art and stories. We started our day by blow painting with straws. We needed lots of breath but don’t worry we managed to save some for Mrs Adams’ questions. Then, we retold the story of Prahlad and his sister Holika. It turned out that Holika was not flameproof. Finally, we were honoured to spend time with an artist, named Sarah who showed us how to paint with salt.
Year 2SRWe explored the meaning and traditions of the Hindu festival of Holi. We wrote a diary about our Holi celebration and worked creatively with an artist to create salt pictures.
Year 2LCWe explored the meaning and traditions of the Hindu festival of Holi. We wrote a diary about our Holi celebration and worked creatively with an artist to create salt pictures.
Year 3We spent the day discussing Hindus Holi festival. We discussed what happens and who is involved, discussing similarities and differences of festivals from our cultures.
Year 4As part of our celebrations of the Holi Festival we spent some time discussing what this festival is and why it is celebrated. We went on to create our own art images where we used colour to express different emotions.
Year 5We took part in the Holi Festival by looking at the story of Prahlad and his father Hiranyakashup. We wrote in the style of a diary enrty and considered the thoughts and feelings of the characters within the story.
Year 6Year 6 started by reading about what the Holi festival is all about, in order to understand this better we wrote about it in our own words. We then create a piece of artwork using bubble wrap and a printing technique, we chose bright colours and created a pattern, then printed and overlapped the pattern. We completed this by cutting out our artwork into different shapes. We finished our day by completing the dance workshop.
Golden Rules Day
NurseryWe started our Golden Rules day by discussing our new Golden Time board. We talked about the traffic light system that we had put in place; Green to keep going, Amber to slow down and Red to stop.
Children practiced saying a golden rule before attempting to write it down. Later, the children took part in a role play session acting out different scenarios, illustrating good ways to follow each golden rule.
Year 1We had lots of fun discussing the Golden Rules. We played around with the most important words in the rules by using alliteration to make a poem out of them.
Year 2SRWe explored rules beyond school and looked at the rule of law within our local community and the whole country. We investigated both civil and criminal law and the importance of following the law and the consequences if the law was not followed.
Year 2LCAs part of our celebration of the ‘Golden Rules’ year 2 initially looked at the class golden rules and the importance of these. We role played a variety of scenarios and decided whether the situation did or did not follow our class and school rules. We also discussed the consequences, how others may feel and what would happen if there we no rules in school.
Year 3We worked on designing a poster on the computers to promote the Golden Rules. We worked really hard and had a fabulous day.
Year 4As part of our celebration of the ‘Golden Rules’ year 4 held a discussion about what rules were and why we needed them. We discussed what would happen if there were no rules in the world and the children considered their own opinion about whether they thought rules were necessary or not.
Year 5Year 5 studied and discussed Golden rules within society. Our theme for the lesson was ‘Why do we have Golden rules?’ The children and teacher looked at a range of Religions which follow different rules and compared how they are the same or different. We discussed why this might be and got involved in a very heavy debate!
Year 6Year 6 started by looking at the history of British Law and what the law actually is. Following this we created posters titled – Keeping Britain Safe – we thought about all the ways in which the government uses laws to protect its citizens.
NurseryNursery started Diwali day by discussing the meaning and traditions of Diwali. We shared a story all about Rama and Sita and used clay to mould and create our very own diva lamps.
For Diwali day, the reception children enjoyed finding out about the story of Rama and Sita. They created Diva lamps and also made Diwali lanterns and Rangoli patterns.
Year 1We learnt all about Rama and Sita. We retold the story and then made diva lamps to light the path for Rama and Sita. We tasted traditional Indian sweets too. They were very sweet and delicious. We finished our day by making rangoli patterns, but the most amazing part of the day was performing our dance to the rest of the school.
Year 2SRIn year 2SR we began the day by learning a traditional dance that might be used when celebrating Diwali. We then retold the story behind Diwali with Rama and Sita. We then performed our dance in front of the school.
Year 2ERIn Year 2 ER we started learning about Diwali by retelling the story of Rama and Sita. We acted out the story then we wrote the story in order.
Year 3In year 3 we had great fun learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We watched some videos about how people prepare for the celebrations and made our own Diwali cards. It was really interesting to learn about the story of Rama and Sita and we can now all retell the story in our own words. We really enjoyed working with the artist to create a large rangoli pattern using glitter as well as having the chance to colour in our own patterns.
Year 4In year 4 we looked at the festival of Diwali. We started the day by enjoying the story of Rama and Sita. We then attended an art workshop where we made a huge Rangoli pattern with an artist called Sarah.
Year 5In year 5 we took part in Diwali day. We learnt the story of Roma and Sita and we explored the character traits of each of these, which fed into our writing. In maths, we looked at Rangoli patterns and the message behind these in bringing luck and fortune.
Year 6Year 6 started Diwali day by completing the art workshop – we enjoying created a large, sparkly Rangoli pattern. In class we looked at the story of Rama and Sita and discussed the traditions of Diwali. We wrote about how and why Diwali is celebrated and continued to create our own Rangoli patterns. We finished the morning by tasting a traditional Diwali sweet mmmmmm.
Life in Modern Britain Day
Nursery explored China. We read the story ‘Cleversticks’ about a little boy who was in a Nursery class and all of the children, from differing cultures and backgrounds, had their own special talents, but Ling Sung struggled to find his! Eventually he found his special talent and taught his friends to do it too! He was so clever at using chopsticks to pick up his food. We celebrated Ling Sungs talent and had a go at using chopsticks too. We then looked at the talents of ourselves and others and celebrated the similarities and differences in our class. Next, we explored Chinese culture through looking at their writing, tasting some food and even making our own Chinese hats.
The Reception Class enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year during our Life in Modern Britain Day. They created Chinese hats, paper chains, lanterns, letters and many more exciting creations. During the afternoon, many of the children created different Chinese dragons and snakes with their grandparents, as part of our grandparents’ afternoon.
Year 1 explored the Jamaican community and had tremendous fun doing a Jamaican dance. We also tasted the exotic fruit juices and fruits of Jamaica. We tasted the juices through our exotic Jamaican party straws and we also contributed to a fantastic piece of art work. We really did enjoy learning about the Jamaican culture and community.
In year 2 we looked at the Chinese number system and food from the country. We calculated sums in Chinese numbers and Kevin from 2ER even taught us to count to 10 in Chinese. We then tried some foods from the country, including noodles and prawn crackers. We all enjoyed them very much – yum!!
Year 3 learnt about the Chinese culture. We had great fun learning how to dance a Fillipino Chinese duck dance. It was wonderful performing in front of the whole school. In the morning, we did a lot of research about the British Chinese communities, Chinese food, traditions, and religion. The children decided what questions they wanted to answer and they used videos, fact files and the laptops to find out the answers.
In Year 4 we explored the lives and cultures of British Indians. We started the day by enjoying some Indian dancing. We researched how Indian cooking has become very popular in Britain and we looked at how some British Indians follow different religious beliefs. Finally, we looked at some famous British Indians.
In Year 5, we looked at the country of Ireland and discussed how it differs from England. In Year 5, we are fortunate enough to have an Irish pupil who gave us a great insight into what it is like to live in Ireland. We discussed Irish food, sports, education and history. In addition to this, we also took part in Irish dancing and performed this to the rest of the school. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Year 6 looked at the continent of Africa, we researched its countries, languages and famous people. We made a jigsaw of all of the countries that make up Africa and put these together in teams. The best part of our day was the dance workshop where we learned a traditional African dance and performed it for the school.