Summer Term

Welcome to the Summer Term SMSC newsletter.

Just scroll down for the usual list of helpful dates and resources provided in this edition, to help you plan your SMSC provision for the term.

In this edition we have also included an article and helpful links relating to knife crime.

We hope you will find this newsletter informative, encouraging and helpful. We value your feedback so please do let us know if there is anything you would like us to report on next term.

Kind regards from the
Working to Prevent Knife Crime
It seems that almost every week we hear of a new victim of knife crime. We all see and are horrified at the rising statistics. We recognise the importance of taking seriously the threat to this generation of children and one approach surely must be that we teach them about the dangers and how to avoid them. To help us understand what is available to schools, we spoke to Jason O'Shea from Operation Forgiveness.  Knowing that serious youth violence is at an all-time high and that ‘Knife Crime’ is now called an epidemic, the charity aims to make a difference through prevention.  Jason says “We believe early intervention promotes prevention”.
Operation Forgiveness runs free courses for schools sharing the ripple effects of negative actions and they take time to look at forgiveness to consider the value of life. Whilst this is done from a Christian perspective, they ensure the course is accessible to all faith groups.
The Head Teacher at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School described the workshops as ‘amazing’ and was impressed with how much the children learnt. She went on to say: ‘I am going to share your details with other Heads in Lewisham and in other boroughs as your message has to be shared with as many people as possible.’

In a Tweet following a workshop a spokesperson for St James Hatcham primary school in New Cross, thanked London City Mission for the "powerful and inspirational 'Operation Forgiveness' workshops", stating that the work they do is life changing.

Jason runs Operation Forgiveness, along with his wife Tayo and her Mum Sarah whose youngest son was murdered at the age of 15. For more information you can visit their website which is listed below. 

Operation Forgiveness
A knife crime initiative available free to schools and youth groups from year 5 up within London
More help and advice
For more help and advice, campaigns and information on all areas of violent crime:

The Metropolitan Police ‘Safe’ site has some really helpful links and articles:
Or to go directly to their page dealing specifically with knife and gun crime follow this link:

Teachers resources has published on its site resources for teachers, information for parents and Police-led Groups. The section is also designed as an interactive tool for children and young people to explore:

Some other charities and organisations helping to combat knife crime include:
The Ben Kinsella Trust: Ben Kinsella was tragically murdered in an unprovoked knife attack in Islington in June 2008. The Ben Kinsella Trust was setup by Ben's family shortly after his murder to campaign against knife crime and to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife.

Playing it Safe - A resource for teachers designed to support work around knife carrying with children aged 6+ and  the delivery of the No Knives, Better Lives initiative:

Solgrid Education Information - Preventative work on knife crime in primary schools and junior schools across the West Midlands region:
“Worrying gets you nowhere. If you turn up worrying about how you're going to perform, you've already lost. Train hard, turn up, run your best and the rest will take care of itself.”
 - Usain Bolt -
Dates, links and ideas
to give you a headstart with your SMSC planning for next term you will also find a link for each event which will take you either to some resources or further information:
5 May:
Jewish Holocaust Day (Yom Hashoah)
What can Schools Do?

23 April:
St George's Day 
May Day  
Here's a free Poweroint with a brief history via TES

6 May:
Ramadam begins

8 May:
VE Day

10 May:
World Fairtrade Day 

Resources for schools from Fairtrade Foundation

12 May
Buddha Day

12-18 May: 
Christian Aid Week

Resources for schools

21 May:
World Day for Cultural Diversity 

Link to the UN site - 'Odd socks' assembly via TES

21st May
Holi Day- Hindu Festival 

Power point from Primary Resources

30 May:
Ascension Day 

9 June:

(A link to free Pentecost resources will be circulated shortly)

10 June:

Night of Destiny  (Laylat Al-Qadr)

10-14 June:

Healthy Eating Week
Free Resources for teaching children

4 June:
Eid al Fitr

11 July:
World Population Day

16 June:
Fathers Day
Fathers Day Assembly Powerpoint via TES
"'We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all trught and that somehow we have a corner on God."
- Desmond Tutu -
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