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In case you missed it earlier, and to help you plan ahead for next term, here is the SMSC newsletter for Autumn 2019! 

We are, therefore, very happy to bring you, a list of key dates, ideas and resources to help support the teaching of SMSC next term. Please scroll down for these and don't forget to check out the helpful links.

We are also happy to bring you:
  • some tips and ideas for teachers thinkng about beginning the new term
  • a feature on 'kindness', ahead of World Kindness Day in November
  • an update from the Big Think
All that remains is for us to say we hope we have helped wth a little inspiration for SMSC and that both you and your pupils will have an encouraging and rewarding term.

Kind regards from the SMSCNews Team
Super September -Top Tips for the new term!

Another year has past and for many primary school teachers, September signals welcoming a whole new set of children to your class. This is always an exciting time of the year as it gives many children (and the teacher) a chance for a fresh start.

At the centre of good classroom practice is the relationship built between pupils and teachers. Rita Pierson, an educator for over 40 years, encapsulates this wonderfully in her Ted Talk (Watch the video and prepare to be inspired).  Of course, good relationships develop and flourish over time, but it is important to set firm foundations. Much of the first week is spent getting to know the children and setting activities which help the teacher understand a little more about each  child is crucial. There are a host of websites which provide resources to support this journey. Click here to access a range of ideas and activities.  One of my favourites is creating individual passports. This can also double up as a PSHE display and can be tied into goals and dreams.

The key to managing a class successfully is the organisation and set-up. If you get this right at the beginning, then you’re on to a winner. However, it is important to remember that one size does not fit all. What worked perfectly with last years’ class may not work as efficiently this year. Be prepared to make changes and adjustments if necessary- each new class is very different and respond in different ways. You may find some fresh ideas to help you get started here, including some super advice from Mary Poppins!

Working with the class to establish a set of rules or guidelines the children will abide by is one of the most crucial tasks of the week and will set your year off to a powerful start. There are many creative ways of ensuring whole class participation. Here are a few ideas. Have you considered including Mindfulness as part of your classroom routine?  

Last but by no means least, it is important that as teachers we look after our own well-being. The hustle and bustle of school life can very soon become all-encompassing and lead to many teachers suffering from stress. Incorporating regular exercise, rest and developing healthy eating habits help to keep many ailments at bay. Most importantly, remember to make time for yourself, doing the things you enjoy doing and spending time with those you love.

Rachel Swaby
Whilst preparing this edition of the SMSC News, we looked to the Autumn terms events and themes for inspiration. We noticed that in the middle of Anti-Bullying week, on the 13th November, is World Kindness Day. Kindness! What a wonderful thing to celebrate.
An RE Teacher and resource writer recently said:
I try to show kindness to those who I know and love and those who I don't, whether they deserve it or not. I certainly didn't.’ – Lisa Absalom

Inspired by this? On Kindness Day, why not explore how small acts of kindness can make a big difference? Look for ways you can promote kindness and help to brighten up someone’s day. Not just on Kindness day, but every day. Here are some activities you may wish to consider for your class:
  • Sharing and give a compliment games (Circle time/parachute)
  • Creating a class kindness web
  • Creating friendship flowers
  • designing a poster to promote kindness
  • giving each other compliments during the day
  • Kindness cards
It’s amazing how an act of kindness can have such a huge impact on an individual’s life, self-esteem and general well-being. Click for more ideas.
(Please click on link for resources)
September 8th International Literacy Day
September 13th Roald Dahl Day
September 14th World First Aid Day
Sept 16th-20th Jeans for Genes Day
September 21st International Day of Peace
September 26th European Day of Languages
Sept 29th - Oct 1st
Rosh Hashanah

Further Resource
Oct 1st-Oct 31st Black History Month

Further Resource

Assembly resource
October 27th Diwali
October 31st Halloween
November 5th Bonfire Night
November 11th  
Remembrance Day
Nov 11th-Nov 15  
Anti-Bullying Week

Further Resource
November 13th  
World Kindness Day
November 16th  
BBC Children in Need
Nov 19th – Nov 25th Road Safety Week
November 28th  
November 30th  
St Andrew’s Day
December 1st  

Further Resource
Dec 1st-Dec 25th  

Further Resoource

Other Christmas assembly resources
December 3rd  
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 6th  
St Nicholas Day
December 10th  
Human Rights Day

Further Resource
December 25th  
Christmas Day

Further Resource

Christmas Assembly Resources
It was a year ago that we brought you the news the The Big Think were launching their personal development and wellbeing programme for Primary Schools. We got back in touch to find out how it has been going.  Sarah Pengelly, Curriculum Developer with The Big Think tells us that the programme, which was launched in June 2019, has been piloted in 3 schools with diverse settings. Sarah reports that findings after 6 months of running regular TBT Assemblies with follow-up sessions in class, have produced tangible positive changes in children and staff. 
  • 'I now feel like I know when to slow down and consider the things around me.' said a Y6 girl after SATS week. 
  • 'Before if I saw someone who was upset, I'd feel bad for them, but I wouldn't act on it. Now I want to actually do something to help them.' Y6 boy. 
  • 'TBT has changed our school. Friday afternoons have never been so calm and Assemblies are much more inclusive with the horseshoe seating plan and oracy structures in place.' Eastfield Head teacher 
You can download a free Lesson Sample from Or to find out some more you click the button below this article.
More about The Big Think
Rita Pierson: from the Ted Ideas site
'Kindness' by 'Smallcurio'   Copyright:
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