SMSC development at Hornsea Community Primary School
At HCPS we recognise that the personal development of children – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) – plays a vital role in not only their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to, and have the ability to, access the world they live in. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop in these areas.
Our curriculum is designed to enable children to reach their full potential whilst exploring and developing their own values and recognising that those of others may differ. A wide-range of opportunities and strategies are used for SMSC development. They can be delivered in formal lessons as well as through whole-school events and activities; promoting shared beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. These are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our curriculum and wider opportunities.
The National SMSC Quality Mark at Gold level.
“The SMSC Quality Mark is the outcome of work undertaken between The Citizenship Foundation and schools.” Our school as a whole was required to think about the kind of people we aspire to be, the kind of world we aspire to create, and the kind of education we aspire to provide. Through high quality SMSC education and activities we were able to show how we have the opportunity to nurture reflectiveness in school, and that we enable our children to make wise and appropriate choices that will prepare them for life in modern Britain. We recognise that SMSC is important because it has the potential to raise aspirations. It can also develop empathy, deepen spirituality, connect young people with their communities and develop their core values. It creates opportunities for pupils to learn and practise human virtues and values such as compassion, hope, faith and forgiveness. Ofsted puts SMSC ‘at the heart’ of school development. At HCPS it is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development for pupils across the whole of our curriculum.
British Science Week 2023
Year 4 joined lots of other schools on an NFU Web link on Friday 17th March, where we found out all about Pigs on a farm in Hampshire. We learned how farmer Flavian looks after them and lots of other details such as their food and bedding including some newly born piglets ...only an hour old. We sent our questions before the link and joined in by typing our ideas onto a chat page.
So what do Pigs have in common with a Jumbo jet?
Pigs can squeal at 110 decibels which is the same decibel level as a Jumbo jet taking off !!!!!
Harvest Assemblies and Harvest food collections.
The children in Key Stage 1 and 2 were very exited to attend their own Year group Harvest Assemblies this term and to see Reverend Tina Stevens from St Nicholas Church again; particularly after so long without being able to have assemblies together at all! We all enjoyed listening to different stories and we thought about sharing things with others and being thankful for the things we have ourselves such as food,clothes and warmth.
Once again as part of the Harvest festivities, our kind and thoughtful children and families of Hornsea Community Primary School have collected lots of different types of food for a Hornsea Food bank. A fantastic collection!
World Mental Health Day 2021
Friday 8th October was Hello Yellow day when we were encouraged to dig out our neon yellow socks, custard coloured scarves and banana yellow hats to dress up and show ourselves and other children (including adults too.) that we're not alone with our mental health and thoughts.
We discussed ways of helping ourselves to talk about our feelings and to listen to each other if someone needs help. The children were able to: wear anything yellow instead of school uniform and have fun during the day completing different activities!
Black History week Autumn 1 2021
The children in Year 4 have been finding out about how Jamaican people were invited to come to the UK after the Second World War in 1948 in order to work. They came on the SS Empress 'Windrush.' We talked about how they might feel arriving in a different and cold country. We discussed the words 'predjudice' and 'immigrant' and we found out how people treated the Jamaicans badly as they arrived. The children wrote down their thoughts and ideas inside the outline of a person.
How do you feel?
Coming back to school has been really exiting and we have enjoyed seeing our friends and getting back to the school routine. We have all been asking each other over the last few days 'How are you and how do you feel?' Children in each year group have been exploring these feelings and have been completing different activities to help them show and share their thoughts. Year 3 made their own 'worry dolls' to tell their thoughts to and they also made 'calm spot' pictures. We have all been taking time each day to listen to each other.
Comic Relief Day Friday 19th March
Lots of children came to school dressed in red or in fancy dress. Year 3 designed their own giant 'Red Noses' this year and we had lots of exiting designs. We also found out how the money raised during the day is used in this country and around the world to help others.
We all enjoyed World Book Day by dressing up for a Vocabulary parade.
Children and adults chose a word they could dress up as... Mrs Midgley dressed up as a 'gardener' Mrs Ripley was 'exhausted!' We had fun reading and listening to books, designing front covers and book-marks, doing quizzes and finding out about different authors.
The whole of Year 3 were invited to participate in the Beverley Minster And St Mary's open air Advent Calendar in December 2020.
Each of the three classes drew and painted Angels, Christmas tree baubles or lights to individually add to the finished board. Children in 3SB painted a Christmas tree board and added all the pieces to create a fabulous picture. We were very proud to be December 5th in front of Beverley Minster.
"Lots of Socks!"
Each year on the 21st march we celebrate World Down's Syndrome Day. People with Downs Syndrome are born with an extra chromosome. (They have 3 copies of chromosome 21 hence 21/3 or 21st March.)
To support the World Downs Syndrome Day campaign our school children all wore odd socks as a special fundraising activity. Why socks?...A picture of the chromosomes looks a bit like pairs of socks..."Lots of SOCKS!
4SC Bag packing with Pudsey Bear and the Lions at Tescos
Autumn 1 2019
Once again the children of Hornsea Community Primary school have very generously given lots of lovely things for our Harvest Festival donation to the Hornsea food bank. Thank you everyone.
Remembrance week November 2019
Year 4 enjoyed a short visit the Hornsea Memorial gardens War Memorial and then later writing special remembrance poems. The children also painted a silhouette picture of the men depicted on the Lisset War Memorial to the Canadian airmen.
"Visit from Zulu Nation
The Zulu Nation made the whole school dance, clap and sing to their drum beat and songs. What a fantastic day each year group had during energetic workshops and by watching the team dance.
12 New Trees.
Jess French a presenter from "CBeebies" came to help HCPS children and the HUG team, plant 12 new trees on the field and at the Orchard. The trees were kindly donated by Octopus energy. It was exiting watching how a camera man recorded these activities. We will watch them grow.
Spring 2 Assemblies
Assemblies in KS1 and 2 have been really busy, exiting and interesting this term. We enjoyed watching Mr and Mrs Gray paint the Bible story of the Prodigal son.
International Women's day was celebrated by a visit from Sue Hickson who is the only female river Pilot on the River Humber and who is also our local Hornsea Lifeboat Rescue volunteer and leader. Sue showed us some amazing pictures of her work at sea.
Joanne Broad from Dove house came to talk to us about the work they do at the Hospice in Hull and to thank us for the money we have raised so far for their funds.
Mrs Haigh and the children in JASS launched a project to make "Eco-bricks" The children presented a special Assembly where they showed how we could all put our waste plastic to good use by making "plastic-filled bottle bricks" The bottles, placed altogether can be used for building. What a load of fantastic rubbish !!!
Children in Year 3 and 4 enjoyed singing Easter songs and reciting poems during their Easter concerts for parents and carers. Children throughout school have also made Easter cards / hats to take home too
Eight chicks have successfully hatched out in a "Living eggs" incubator in 3JC. They are sooo...cute!
"Dare to be different day"
Monday February 11th
"Let's dare to be different day" was a day for the whole school to celebrate how we are all UNIQUE! The children and staff were invited to come to school in their own clothes to display their interests and individuality. Each class chose activities, books and discussions to match and celebrate diversities within their groups. Some chose to draw or paint themselves, to describe or compare themselves with others in their class or to find out about inspirational people who had "dared to be different" in their own way.
The "day" and "class books" on show in the school entrance, really show that we are very proud of who we are,through our looks,beliefs and tastes and that we really appreciate the "differences" of others. "We dare!"
Family Learning Day 14th April
We had fun on our family learning day !
Year 1 and 2 Assembly. Summer 1
Assembly this week for Year 1 and 2 contained two very different "signs" of Spring.
First, we were thrilled when we all met "Minty" Mrs Haigh's and Rosie's rescue lamb. We loved watching him run around the hall and to see him being fed!
Then... as a special treat we watched Ms Savage's 'sign' language group perform 'This is Me' using sign language they have all learned. What a fantastic Assembly!
World Book Day 2018
Spring term Assemblies 2018
Anti-bullying week 13th -17th November.
Good advice from the children in EYFS to scare away bullies! "Make a monster to scare them!" The children used coloured paper, pom-poms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes to make some amazing "Worry Monsters" that not only scare away bullies but also love to eat any worry you have too!
RE Day October 25th 2017
Theme: ”Buildings” or “Places of Worship”
To link ideas where possible to “Hull City of Culture”
Objective: To investigate and be able to describe different “sacred places” or “places of worship” belonging to one or more of the six main faiths.
Children in EYFS enjoyed looking at different 2D shapes found in pictures of local church buildings and windows in Hornsea They cut out shapes to make a church steeple for example and used coloured tissue paper to make the stained glass windows. Year 1 linked Maths and RE by counting animals in 2’s into Noah’s Ark and later looked at different places of worship such as a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Wat or Sikh Gurdwara. 1KR also took a virtual tour around a Christian church. Year2 studied “Places of Worship” in Hornsea and found out what happens during a church service. They also looked carefully at where other faith groups worship by comparing pictures of different buildings. Year3 invited a special visitor from the United Reformed Church to come and talk about the “inside” of the church. The children asked lots of interesting questions and discovered some new vocabulary such as pews for the seating and a Bible stand called a lectern. Year 4 looked at art in different churches and compared the ceilings of The Holy Trinity Church in Hull with St Nicholas Church in Hornsea and also The Sistine Chapel in Rome. They even had a go at drawing on a piece of paper taped under the tables whilst lying on their backs… fun but not easy!
Year 5 designed their own churches and stained glass windows by comparing Christian church building materials, style, furniture and things in common that they all have, including stained glass windows, towers, steeples and gargoyles.
Year 6 found out about different places of worship in our area and focused on the different symbols of faith found in each. 6NF designed their own stained glass windows as a way of conveying a message or Christian story. 6SP used their knowledge of different symbols and church formats to design their own “Prayer Gardens” with the emphasis on a special and peaceful place. A very busy day.
Autumn Term 1 RE 2017
EYFS have been finding out about the special celebrations and collection of fruit and vegetables at Harvest Festival time. Year 1 and 2 have been thinking about themselves and discovering that they are "unique" They all have different interests, and that people have all kinds of different beliefs.
"Happy New Year"
Spring Term 1
Year 1 and 2 started our new term with a special New Year assembly; "What would you like to get better at this year?"
Congratulations to Natasha in 1KL
for winning a prize "for her beautiful drawing of the angelic host" in the North Holderness Churches together annual Christmas card competition. Her special certificate was presented by Mr. Keith Robinson during our Friday Stars Assembly.
Winning designs may be printed and distributed around the Holderness area ready for Christmas 2016.
Multicultural day 2016