Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education

At Whitfield Valley Primary School, 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
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

Nursery

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

Reception

We spent some time learning about Rosh Hashanah, 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 Hashanah card for our family and friends.

Year 1

We talked about what Rosh Hashanah was and we looked at pictures relating to the festival. The children completed a comprehension activity about the festival. We talked about the International Day of Peace. We listened to music and discussed how we feel. All the children made a dove using paint.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning all about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. We learned that Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish New Year festival, which lasts for two days at the end of September or beginning of October. We read all about Rosh Hashanah and then answered questions in our topic books. We also made Rosh Hashanah cards. Thursday 21st September is the United Nations International Day of Peace. In year 2 we have been learning what peace means and how we can help bring peace to our environment. We have also learned that the countries in the UN have agreed to seek and maintain peace around the world. We all made a hand shape with different flags on which we used to make wreaths. We also coloured pictures of doves as they are a symbol of peace.

Year 3

In Year 3, we learned all about International Day of Peace. We created our own poem about it and designed a new logo. We had lots of fun. In Year 3, we learned all about Rosh Hashanah. We found out it is a two day Jewish celebration of the new year. We wrote about it in our books and created our own Rosh Hashanah cards.

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. Throughout the day, we had the opportunity to try some traditional Rosh Hashanah food – apples dipped in honey! They were delicious! We completed lots of other fun activities surrounding Rosh Hashanah: we completed word searches, answered some questions. International Day of Peace (IDP) is celebrated on the 21st September each year. It is an opportunity for countries to join together and promote peace and love in the World. On this day, people wish for peace on Earth and for war to cease.

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! Then, we created our very own ‘peace dove’ to take home. The dove is the symbol of peace and is the logo for International Day of Peace. The dove symbolises freedom for people and their free-will to live how they want. We did this by following instructions and even discussed what we would change next time.

Year 5

In Year 5 we have been researching the origins of Rosh Hashanah, where it comes from, why it is so important and the celebrations that take place throughout the World on this day. We wrote an overview of the meaning of Rosh Hashanah and discussed how it links to festivals and beliefs that we celebrate at different times of the year.

Year 6

In Year 6 we found out all about International Day of Peace and why it is important all around the world. We researched facts about International Day Peace and researched the different symbols that represent peace. We also designed out own symbols of peace and helped to complete a collaborative piece of art work for display. In Year 6 we found out all about Rosh Hashanah and why it is celebrated. We researched facts about Rosh Hashanah and answered questions based on the ways in which it is celebrated. We found out about what the significance of Rosh Hashanah is to Jewish people.

Guy Fawkes - 5th November 2017

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 our own bonfire pictures using a range of materials and tools.

Reception

In Reception we have been looking at Guy Fawkes and why we celebrate Bonfire Night on November 5th every year! We talked about how Guy Fawkes and his friends decided to try and blow up parliament. We found that we celebrate Bonfire Night because the king survived Guy Fawkes plot, and to celebrate we set of fireworks! We created our very own beautiful firework display using a variety of colours, glitter and materials!

Year 1

In Year 1, we have looked at the life of Guy Fawkes. We have discussed what Guy Fawkes tried to do and why. The children completed a comprehension activity about Guy Fawkes. The children also designed firework pictures and enjoyed using paint and glitter.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning about The Gunpowder Plot. We found out that a man called Guy Fawkes and his friends plotted to blow up the houses of Parliament in 1605. They put 36 barrels of gunpowder in the cellar but they were found by the kings guards and Guy Fawkes was arrested. On November 5th each year we remember that the plot to blow up Parliament failed.

Year 3

In Year 3, we learned about Bonfire Night. We learned all about Guy Fawkes and the story of the Gunpowder Plot. We discussed the rules we need to follow around fireworks and sparklers to ensure we are safe. We then created our own bonfire night picture, using black card and chalk.

Year 4

Year 4 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 fact-files 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 have been researching the origins of Bonfire Night and in particular one of the conspirators, Guy Fawkes. We looked at where he was born and why he decided to try and blow up Parliament and the King. We then wrote a biography of the man examining his final capture and death. We then went on to also create silhouette pictures of the event itself.

Year 6

In Year 6 we found out all why we celebrate Bonfire night and researched the life of Guy Fawkes. We create our own fact files using our research based on The Gunpowder Plot and how he attempted to kill King James I. We also created our own poetry based on Bonfire night and shared these with our year group.

Kindness day/week - 16th November 2017

Nursery

During our kindness afternoon in nursery, we discussed what it means to be kind. We all created a large kindness heart to display in the class. We used a range of materials and resources and each painted our handprint onto a large heart. We sent kindness cards and pictures to our friends and all joined in with a kindness celebration.

Reception

Today in reception 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 created our own kindness postcards which we wrote kind things to our friends on!

Year 1

We discussed what it is like to be kind to each other. The children worked in groups to discuss how they can be kind. The children then made bracelets to show how they are kind to their friends.

Year 2

In year 2 we have been learning about kindness. We talked about what kindness means and why it is important to be kind to people. We thought about all the different ways we can be kind to others and how people have been kind to us. In our topic books we made a kind hand by writing a sentence about kindness on a hand shape and decorating it with kind words.

Year 3

In year 3 we discussed what kindness is, different acts of kindness and how these make our school a better place. We then created a kindness board game which we can play with our friends. 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 created our own recipe for a kind person and discussed occasions when we have been particularly kind to others.

Year 5

In Year 5 we discovered how acts of kindness, even on the smallest scale, can trigger and inspire larger acts. We also found out what is meant by kindness and some of the events that happen throughout the year that shows the acts and the impact they have on others.

Year 6

In year 6 we research how and why Kindness day is celebrated around the world. We focused on how we, at Whitfield Valley Primary Academy, promote Kindness throughout Golden Rules. We also wrote our own recipes of how to be a good friend.