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Are you planning for SMSC and PSHE for Autumn 2021? We have put together these ideas and resources to help you.
In this issue we are highlighting togetherness.
Whether we think about diversity, equality and inclusion or consider how we can take action to help the planet; whether our focus is on being kind, spreading hope rather than negativity or simply turning our attention to sharing the joy of a good book - we can discover that a greater impact can be made when we do things together! Scroll down for details to inspire you and your class. Links, dates and other resources are shared below...
Spiritual:  Inter Faith week (14th-21st November 2021) is a great opportunity for pupils to explore inter faith issues and for schools to build relationships with faith, belief and inter faith groups in the local community. It is an opportunity to focus on diversity, equality and inclusion in our society all of which help to create a more peaceful an tolerant world for us to live in. Start the week off with a Inter Faith week poster by clicking here and arrange activities such as organising an exhibition in your school featuring information and objects about a range of religions and beliefs reflecting your local population or organise a virtual tour of local places of worship to investigate the importance of faith in the lives of believers in your school community.
 
Moral: This will be an important time for COP26 (1st - 12th November) about planning and taking action against climate change. This year this meeting of world leaders will take place in Glasgow from 1st - 12th November. The leaders will decide on actions and targets to address the need to cut carbon dioxide and emissions to protect our planet.
As a class or school, you could get involved by talking about climate change, learning and understanding more about why we should all care, and what we can do to take action in school and at home You could write to your local MP, letting them know how your class feel about saving our planet. Perhaps you could listen to some of Greta Thunberg’s speeches on You tube or watch clips from David Attenborough’s Blue Planet. Maybe your school can set up a climate crisis committee consisting of students, staff, senior leaders, parents and members of the local community. Working together, such a group can agree what action needs to be taken and develop a whole school strategy and plan of action. There are amazing resources from Echo schools organisation find out more by clicking here.
Social: This year the theme of Anti-bullying week (November 15th - 19th 2021) is One Kind Word. Kindness is a powerful tool in our world today. We have all seen wonderful acts of kindness and consideration which have inspired and spread hope during the isolation felt by many during the COVID pandemic. During the week we are all encouraged to use kind words and kind actions and see the amazing power that kindness has to spread hope rather than negativity. Why not as a school kick off the week with odd socks day, odd Socks Day is all about celebrating the fact that everyone is unique, and that we can respect each other individuality. And all you need to do to get involved is don a pair of odd socks! Or perhaps join in with an anti-bullying workshop run by OpenView education, to help students learn to respond to bullying and conflict in an effective way. And how we can use small acts of kindness to make your school an even better place. To get the ideas flowing for what your school could do this Anti-Bullying Week, why not check out these great different ideas by clicking here
Cultural: National Read A Book Day (September 6th 2021) is celebrated annually and is designed to encourage all of us to curl up with a book or read aloud to family and friends, to reignite enthusiasm for reading and enjoying books together. This is a brilliant opportunity at the beginning of the term to celebrate the joy of reading and initiate new reading patterns and routines for the coming school year. Perhaps as a class you could set up a cosy reading corner, share favourite books and authors, listen to audio books and authors and famous people reading books aloud, or maybe even write a letter to a favourite author, click here to access available resources you may find useful.

More dates and links to help with SMSC this term...

We have identified what we think will be some great dates, together with links to helpful resources for the classroom from a variety of providers.

Sept 6th   National Read A Book Day
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Sept 6th - 8th Sept   Rosh Hashanah
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Sept 10th - 19th Sept  Ganesh Chaturthi
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Sept 12th -13th Sept   World First Aid Day
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Sept 13th    Roald Dahl Day
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Sept 13th - 19th Sept  Jeans for Genes Day!
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Sept 14th - 20th Sept  National Coding Week
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Sept 15th - 16th Sept  Yom Kippur

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Sept 20th - 26th Sept   Recycle Week
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Oct 1st   National Poetry Day
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Oct 1st - 31st Oct   Black History Month
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Oct 1st - 31st Oct   The Big Draw
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Oct 3rd - 31st Oct   Harvest Festival
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Oct 4th   St Francis' Day
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Nov 1st - Nov 12th  COP26
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Nov 4th  Diwali
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Nov 8th - 15th Nov  Inter faith week
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Nov 13th  Children in need
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Nov 11th  Remembrance Day
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Nov 16th  - 20th Nov  Anti-Bullying Week
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Nov 16th - 22nd Nov    Road Safety week
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 Nov 29th - 24th Dec  Advent

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 Nov 28th - Dec 6th   Hanukkah
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 Dec 10th  Human Rights Day

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Dec 25th  Christmas Day 
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Other useful for links for SMSC information
http://www.smsc.org.uk/
http://www.doingsmsc.org.uk/
https://www.youngcitizens.org/
http://www.cstg.org.uk/2014/02/smsc-provision/
https://www.thoughtboxeducation.com/
http://thelinkingnetwork.org.uk/
https://www.smscqualitymark.org.uk/

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