Social Moral Spiritual and Cultural

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC) and British Values at Moat House Primary School

Here at Moat House Primary School we are not only committed to our school and local communities, we understand and recognise that we are part of the wider community of the world!

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC, including actively promoting fundamental British values.

Detailed information about each area is available by clicking on the links below, but here is a quick summary of the key points for each area:

Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.

Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.

Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

Why do we value SMSC and British Values so highly at Moat House Primary?

SMSC has a key part to play in educating children in order to produce a safe, equitable and just society. Recent Government guidance has stressed the importance that SMSC has to play in preventing extremism and helping children and young people to build resilience to grooming and radicalisation

The DfE guidance for schools on SMSC (November 2014) is based on the Government’s Prevent Strategy (see link below for further details), which requires schools to explore:

“The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom.”

These include:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty (including freedom of speech)
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

SMSC and British values are embedded throughout the curriculum here at Moat House Primary School and, most importantly, it is woven into the very ethos of our school. All of our staff are dedicated to promoting SMSC and British values and suitably preparing children for life in a world that we all want to live in.

Here at Moat House Primary School, we are passionate about developing our children's Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cuultural (SMSC) awareness and their understanding of British Values.

British Values Assemblies    

Due to COVID-19, from September 2020 children cannot mix with groups from outside their own year group. Whole school and Phase assemblies have been suspended and replaced by year group assemblies.

Each week our Assistant Heads, Mrs Moran and Mr Kelly, hold Key Stage assemblies with a British Values theme.

Introduction to British Values Assembly

Key Stage 1 assemblies themes include, but are not limited to:


Being responsible

Trustfulness and honesty


Rule of Law


Key Stage 2 assemblies themes include, but are not limited to:



Rule of Law




Individual liberty




Click on the links below to find out more and to see how we embrace SMSC and British Values here at Moat House!

Moat House British Values

Moat House Prevent

More information about SMSC

Moat House Curriculum coverage of SMSC



Check out our 'Pause for Thought' section on our weekly school newsletter. Each week, there will be a different 'Pause for Thought' to stimulate discussion at home.

Please do have a go at discussing the ‘Pause for thought’ with your child/children at home. You might be surprised at what they come up with! 

Weekending 5th Feb 2021

"Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new"  Barack Obama.   Please feel free to ask your teachers for as much help as you need with your on-line learning.

Wekending 29th Jan 2021

"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man.."  Sean Connery.   Congratulations to everyone who is rising to the challenges that we currently face.

Weekending 22nd Jan 2021

" The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."  Winston Churchill. We’ve certainly got a few difficulties at the moment. How many optimists are there out there?

Weekending 15th Jan 2021

"Life is supposed to be fun. It's not a job or occupation. We're here only once and we should have a bit of a laugh."  Billy Connolly. Can you find the time to have some fun despite everything that’s going on?

Weekending 18th Dec 2020

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein. Do you learn from the past to improve your future?

Weekending 11th Dec 2020

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Franklin D. Roosevelt. Do you believe in your dreams? Keep chasing and your dreams will come true!

Weekending 4th Dec 2020  

Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.  Ralph Waldo Emerson Are you always the best version of yourself?

Weekending 27th Nov 2020

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.  Roy T. Bennett. Do you always keep going when the going gets tough?

Weekending 20th Nov 2020

Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don’t, to achieve what others’ won’t.  Henry Rollins. Will you persevere even when you are struggling?

Weekending 23rd Oct 2020

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be —Ralph Waldo Emerson. What decisions do you make? Do these impact your future?The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be —Ralph Waldo Emerson. What decisions do you make? Do these impact your future?

Weekending 16th Oct 2020

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali. Are you brave enough to take a risk in order to achieve your next goal?

Weekending 9th Oct 2020

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t – Rikki Rogers. Are you strong in all that you do?

Weekending 2nd Oct 2020

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. – Muhammad Ali. Are you brave enough to take a risk in order to achieve your next goal?

Weekending 25th Sept 2020

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  Newt Gingrich Do you persevere in everything that you do or could you try harder?

Weekending 18th Sept 2020

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou.

Can you keep going when the going gets tough?

Weekending 11th Sept 2020

I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.  Art Williams. Can you put in that extra effort to gain your achievement or reward?

Weekending 4th Sept 2020

Pause for Thought:   

“After rain there’s a rainbow, after a storm there’s calm, after the night there’s a morning and after an ending, there’s a new beginning.”       As we welcome children back to our new normal, let us think and act positively about the days, weeks and months ahead, where we will continue our journey to ensure that our children gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to fulfil their potential.


Weekending 1st Nov 2019

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.  Duke Ellington Try to think of a problem as a challenge to overcome.

Weekending 18th Oct 2019

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” Tony Robbins. Do you keep going when the going gets tough?

Weekending 11th Oct 2019

“It’s a terrible thing to see but have no vision.” Helen Keller. Can you visualise your future? What will you have achieved in five years’ time?

Week ending 4th Oct 2019

“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse. How courageous are you? How creative can you be?

Week ending 27th Sept 2019

: “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln. What future will you create for yourself?

Week ending 20th Sept 2019

“We should never let reality interfere with our dreams. Reality can’t see what we can see.” Simon Sinek. What do you dream about? Can you make your dream a reality?

Week ending 13th Sept 2019

“An exaggerated fear of mistakes stands in the way of creativity.” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.       It’s good to make mistakes - try to think positively about them.


Week ending 19th July 2018

““People come and go in our lives, but the memories of times shared will stay with you forever.”- Mrs Francioso

As we all embark on new beginnings, take the time to reflect on the last year and how experiences have shaped you in to who you are today; but do not feel sad, because tomorrow is a new adventure!

Week ending 12th July 2019

“It’s important to be thoughtful and mindful about the things you say to other people.”– Evan Spiegel.                   Remember the power of the words that we say and the impact that they can have on others.

Week ending 5th July 2019

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable.”– Charles Darwin   Don’t be afraid to change!

Week ending 27th June 2019

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it…”– Mary Engelbreit

Think about the things that you would like to change. Do you need to change the way you think about it?

Week ending 21st June 2019

“I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”– Lewis Carroll

Each day shapes us as a person. Who will you be tomorrow?

Week ending 14th June 2019

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”– C. S. Lewis

What do you think?

Week ending 7th June 2019

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”– Anne Frank                  How great can you be?

Week ending 23rd May 2019

 “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”– Robert Brault. Appreciate every moment. What will you remember about today?



Here at Moat House Primary School, we all take pride in our community and contribute to making it a place that we all want to belong to.

The children get the opportunity to apply for jobs that are advertised on our 'Moat House Job Centre' display. The children have to fill out an application form and may get invited to a short interview. The successful candidates, after suitable training, are appointed. The children can even earn Teacher Awards as their 'salary'. The scheme has helped to promote a sense of responsibility in the children and get them ready for the future.



Because we do so much SMSC work here at Moat House Primary School, we have decided to choose a different class each week to showcase what they have been doing.
You can check out our Twitter page for even more amazing examples of how we promote SMSC, too!

5SP WC: 28th October

This week, 5SP have discussed the impact that plastic is having on our planet and in particular, our oceans. The children talked about how plastic has had a negative effect on sea animals and debated what we could do to ensure that there is less plastic in the ocean to save them. As a class, 5SP decided to create a collage using plastic and other materials that the children brought in from home to reuse. The children really took care when drawing and creating their collage of a sea animal and the finished results were amazing! 5SP hope that we can do more to reduce plastic waste in our oceans!

British history in Year 6CB

Last week, Year 6 learnt about major events in British history that happened between 1950 and 1970. Most of the children focused on Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, which took place in 1953. After discussing the event and considering how life in Britain may have been different if the course of events had been different, children wrote and recorded a script for a radio report.

Father's Day in Nursery

The children in Nursery made Father's Day cards.


Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr 2019 in 2KG

The chidlren in 2KG have been learning all about how Muslims celebrate Ramadan and Eid. They made some special lanterns as part of the celebrations.


Diversity in 4NL

4NL have been celebrating their differences and what makes us unique. We learned that it is okay to be different and that no two people are the same. We also learnt what the word discrimination means and what to do if we feel like we are being discriminated against at school, at home or in the community. We worked on our self-confidence and added work to the Elmer board too. 


WASPs Tackling Health 

On Thursday 6th June, WASPs Rugby came in to work with Year 3 to teach the children about healthy living. The afternoon was split into two 45 minute sessions. One session was based outdoors where the children participated in a range of physical activities, including rugby and running. We learnt all about how important physical activity is for our bodies and the positive impact. In the second session, the children debated which food groups were healthy and why. We also discussed unhealthy food groups and the negative effect they have on our bodies. We are excited to continue with these sessions over the next five weeks and learn more!


Everyone is special in 1SP!

In PHSE we discussed as a class how we are all special. We talked about how we all look different and how we are all good at different things and what’s what makes us unique. We drew self-portraits then wrote a list of thigs we are good at. In 1SP we have children who are good at lots of different things including gymnastics, trampolining, swimming, football, reading and maths.


All about us in YRHE

RHE have been learning all about themselves and how our differences make us special.


Freedom in Year 6

Last week in RE, we looked at what freedom means and how it makes up the basis of most religions. The children explored different religions and how they view freedom; some religions view freedom as freedom of choice, others view freedom as being free from worries, slavery etc. They finished the lesson matching quotes from religious texts to the correct religion.

5SG Morning of Music

On Thursday 28th March, Year 5 travelled to Clifford Bridge Primary School to join in with a Morning of Music with two other primary schools. The theme of this year's Morning of Music was to do with looking after the environment.


Blue Planet Live!

On Wednesday, 3SH took part in the BBC’s Blue Planet live lesson. We learned about how humans are affecting our oceans and thought about ways in which we can help reduce, reuse and recycle in order to help our planet. 


Year 2 visit from the Star Dome

On Tuesday 2JL had a visit from the Star Dome. We were all a little bit excited and some of us were a little bit scared because it was SO dark in there.

Will from the Space Centre taught us all about the planets as we zoomed around the Universe. We also learnt all about how night and day happens.

Will then told us the stories of the Ancient Greeks and what they believed about the stars and the constellations. We will be looking out for the constellations in the night sky.


Saint Patrick's Day 1EW

1EW learned about how Christians celebrate Saint Patrick's Day. We watched CBeebies, 'Let's Celebrate and discussed other facts and traditions of the children in our class. They wrote some fantastic sentences and then had a go at Irish dancing. We all agreed that the 'Riverdance' is amazing!


Friendship Spells in 4NL

In 4NL, we have been learning about the importance of friendship and how good friendships can impact our daily life. We discussed the qualities we feel a good friend needs and thought carefully about the qualities our friends have. In our PSHE books, we created friendship spells for our ideal friend and then discussed who and what makes us happy. We also acknowledged that each of us are different and may have different thoughts on the qualities we value the most. 


Chinese New Year 2019

Nursery were learning about Chinese New Year. They ate Chinese food, painted blossom trees and made cards.


School Council Visit to Castle Wood

On Friday 7th February, School Councillors from Moat House went next door to Castle Wood and had a joint meeting with their School Councillors. Both schools shared how their meetings usually run and what their school councils have been doing over the past year. We found out that there are many similiarities between how both councils work, but that sometimes things were done slightly differently. For example, at Castle Wood they use pictures as part of their meeting agenda, whereas we just use words (see pictures).

It was really interesting to share ideas; Ben (Y5) shared that he would like to see how the children at Castle Wood learn and what their classrooms are like. Alanda (Y6) was keen to show the Castle Wood children our new play equipment.

We have more joint meetings planned and are hoping to arrange some more joint activities in the future. 



On Wednesday 30th January, our netball team played their first league match against St Laurence’s Primary School. Although all of the players tried their hardest and worked well together as a team, they lost the match 8-1. Despite this, the children showed great sportsmanship and still gave it their all, even when they were 6-0 down. All of the children said they had a great time and are already looking forward to their next match!


5SR Classroom Jobs

5SR applied for their new classroom jobs at the beginning of term. They are learning the value of money as they get a "monthly salary", pay "rent" and get to spend or save any income they have left over. If they make bad choices, they also get fined. They love it! :)



At the end of each day, Mrs Elms tells a Happy Ending Story about one of the children in the class.

Children feature in the Happy Ending Story when they stand out during the day through their amazing efforts with their learning, kind behaviour towards their friends or their helpful actions in the classroom.

Children look forward to hearing the daily story and discuss who they think it might be and why.

This week one child said, “I think the Happy Ending Story will be Leighton because he did great numbers in Maths.”

When children feature in the Happy Ending Story, they earn the responsibility of class helper the following day. Children then carry out important roles such as putting the daily weather chart on display, taking and collecting the register from the office and making sure that the fruit and milk are topped up in the snack bar.

Here is what one of the children said about being the Happy Ending Story this week, “Because I was being kind I was helping the teachers. It makes me happy.”

Once a child is chosen, the entire class are encouraged to celebrate with them and congratulate them on their recognition and achievement. 

Cool to be Kind Week 2019- Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been focusing on going the extra mile to be kind to one another. We have had plenty of opportunities to share in circle time, discussing what others have done to be kind to us and acknowledging those in our lives who we are thankful for. The children have gone above and beyond to make each other happy, such as helping each other in lessons, drawing pictures in their own time to give to a friend and ensuring everyone has a friend at playtime. The children also wrote a letter to a person of their choice, who they wanted to thank for all the kind things that they had done for them. This included friends, family and teachers! As a class, we have agreed that we will do more to be kind to others!


Cool to be Kind Week 2019- Year 2

For cool to be kind week we decided to write down kind things that our friends do for us, we put them in a tin and shared them at the end of the day with our class.

On Tuesday we had a circle time where we thought about different scenarios and how we could be kind to people. One of the scenarios was

 ‘If you were on the playground and we saw someone on their own looking sad, what could we do that would be kind?’

 We discussed what would be kind and how we could ask them if they were ok and if they wanted to play with us. We talked as a class, in small groups and in pairs about different situations and shared our ideas as a class. 1SP were very good at suggesting kind things to do.

At the end of the circle time we talked about being kind to our friends and saying kind things. We looked at the person on our right and said something we liked about them that made them a kind person.


Litter Week

Last week it was litter week and 2KG learnt all about why it is important to throw our rubbish in the bin.  We made posters to display this message.  Please remember to look after our environment and always throw rubbish away.

Year 6 Brexit

Over the past couple of weeks, Year 6 have looked at Brexit and the Rules of Law. For Brexit, we explored how we had a referendum to decide on whether or not to leave the EU, what it means for business and people and about why there are still strong views for both leaving and staying. For the Rule of Law, we looked at the two types of law, civil and criminal and about why we need rules. 

Year 3 World War One Commemorations

To commemorate the end of the First World War and Armistice Day, Year 3 have been learning about the First World War and why we wear poppies as a symbol of remembrance. We then wrote acrostic poems about the First World War and Remembrance Day.




Year 2 World War One commemorations

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 2JL this week we have been reading the story of Stubby the Dog. It is about a dog called Stubby who becomes friends with a soldier who goes to the First World War.

After reading the story we had lots of questions about the War. We are really looking forward to finding out the answers next week.

We have been writing letters to our families from the trenches. We hope to see them soon.


Story sharing across phases

The joy of story telling ! Year One children and Reception children have been reading the same book this week, Room on the Broom.

So, Year One went to see the reception children and retold their adapted version of the text using actions and wow words.

Year 5- World Mental Health Day

Year 5 discussed World Mental Health Day. The children are taking part in Peer Massage.


IEW Parent Event

After our class assembly on Friday, parents were invited back to our classroom to celebrate their children's learning in a 'show and tell'. The children showed their parents all of the work they had done and the incredible progress they have made in such a short time. It was a lovely morning. 

Super start for Reception children!

The Reception child have all settled well into their new classes and they have been working hard learning how to get along with their new teachers and peers.  Through stories such as We're Going on a Bear Hunt and Owl babies and a variety of activities based on the books such as art, drama and even cooking, the children have learnt how to  compromise and how to begin managing their own feelings and behaviours.  They have also been learning lots about themselves and their new surrounding environments.   The children were  asked to reflect on the characters feelings and experiences and link it to their own feelings.  


Year 6- Lessons on Democracy

In today’s lesson, our class split into four groups, which each represented a different political party. First, we selected a name for our party and then we elected a leader. Within our groups, we shared our ideas about how to improve the school with the party leader, who then selected the five best policies. Once we had decided on our policies, each leader shared them with the rest of the class, in order to persuade the children to vote for them. Finally, each child had to vote for who they thought would be the best at improving the school.


School Council Elections 2018-2019

Miss Wilson is full of enthusiasm for her new role as PSHE Co-ordinator as one of her responsibilities is supporting the School Council. 

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 have been holding class elections to select two new School Council Representatives from each class. The children had to be nominated first and then give a short speech about why they should be chosen as a School Councilor. The children then took part in a secret ballot.

The children have already had their first School Council meeting and they are full of lots of exciting ideas for the year ahead- watch this space!


Year 1 Royal Wedding Picnic!

Year 1 had a fabulous picnic on Thursday 17th May in preparation for the Royal Wedding on Saturday. The children made cucumber sandwiches and decorated biscuits, which they then shared with their families at the picnic. 


Artist Visit!

We have been lucky to have a visit this week from Simon Murray, an author and illustrator of a number of children's books. He showed us how to draw one of his characters, Icky Doo Dah, and we all had a go. We drew some brilliant pictures and had great fun too!


Royal Baby News!

We were all very excited to hear the new Royal baby news on Monday 23rd April. Year 1 and Year 3 made cards to send to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to congratulate them on their new arrival. We sent them some suggestions for the baby's name!

St George's Day 2018- Year 1

Year 1 acted out and retold the story of Saint George. They then made their own shields which had the Saint George cross and other emblems to scare the enemy away. We also had a go at Morris Dancing.



Learning in Reception!

This week, Reception have been learning about celebrations. We started off the week by having a pancake race and making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We then made Valentine's Day cards. At the end of the week we learnt about Chinese New Year and invited our parents to come and make some Chinese crafts and taste Chines food. A lot of fun and learning was had by all!



Year 1 Mindfulness Day- Thursday 8th February

Year 1 children spent the whole day learning about how to develop a healthy mind and body. We talked about how we could confront our fears and fed our worries to our very own 'worry monster.' The children took part in yoga and attempted meditating to relaxing music. We then tried some healthy fruits and vegetables and went for a walk around the school grounds to appreciate the fresh air!



Nursery- learning key life skills!

The children in Nursery have been busy learning some key skills through role play. The children have been learning to share, take turns, look after each other and show their appreciation. Super work, Nursery!


Year 6 Visit to Dol-y-Moch

Last week, Year 6 children visited Dol-y-Moch in North Wales. During their stay, children developed their social skills by working as part of a group, whilst also learning about responsibility as they all had their own jobs! These jobs varied from setting the tables at meal times to cleaning the mini-buses after our days out.




Children's Mental Health Week 5th-9th February

When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life's challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us- which is vital for our own and others' wellbeing. Here at Moat House we celebrate that we are all unique and actively remind children and staff about the importance of #BeingOurselves!

Click on the link below to find out more information:

Children's Mental Health Week 2018




Safer Internet Day 2018

The children at Moat House Primary have been learning all about how to 'Create, connect and share respect.' Mrs Thompson held a competition to design a poster that embraced these ideas.

Click on teh link below to find out more about staying safe on the internet:

Safer Internet Day 2018



Core Values Year 3

In Year 3 we have been working with Engage and learning about their core values. These values are: teamwork, respect, integrity, enjoyment and respect.


Road Safety Week Year 1

This week 1EW have been learning how to keep themselves safe on and near roads. We discussed and looked at all of the different road crossings which help to keep us safe and where not to cross. We spoke about the dangers of carrying phones and listening to music. We watched road safety videos and wrote a list of ways to keep safe and behaviours which were unsafe.


Firefighter Visit in Year 4

On Thursday afternoon, Year 4 enjoyed a visit from the Coventry Fire Service.  The fire fighters came to talk to the children about fire safety.  It was really fascinating as they learned all about how to keep themselves, as well as their families and homes, safe.  The children quickly learned how to call for help in an emergency and how to help fire fighters get to the right place as fast as possible.  Ms Bourne was also dressed up in all the clothing and equipment a fire fighter needs, which was a great way to celebrate her birthday. Lots of thoughtful questions were asked and several children are now keen to become fire fighters!

Children in Need 2017

We are delighted to be able to share with you that we raised a total of £655 for Children in Need. £355 of this was through the Breakfast Club selling themed merchandise. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event.

Anti-Bullying Week logo

Anti-Bullying Week 2017

All across the school, the children have been taking part in Anti-Bullying Week. The focus for this year's Anti-Bullying Week is 'All different, all equal.'

Assemblies were held for KS1 and KS2 that explored what 'All different, all equal,' meant. 

3JK explored this year’s theme of  ‘All different, all equal’ by working in small groups, thinking about what makes them the same as their classmates and then what makes them unique. They then designed anti bullying posters to reinforce this message around our school.

Check out the link below for more information about anti-bullying week and what to do if you are being bullied:


Football Teams

Here at Moat House, we have several football teams who compete in games with other schools across the city. The children learn how to play as a team and how to deal with winning and losing. Our teams always do their best and are shining ambassadors for the school.


Diwali 2017

Children across the school learnt about Diwali and how it is celebrated. Some year groups had special visitors who talked about traditional customs, and even did some henna!

4HT explored Rangoli patterns and traditional henna decoration.


School Council Visit to Coventry City Council House

Our new School Council Representatives had a guided tour of Coventry City Council House. They learnt about how decisions are made within the council.


Big Art!

Years 4, 5 and 6 created the background for our Big Art- using their feet! It was such fun (even if the paint was a bit cold!)

Can't wait to see what YR to Y3 create to add to our masterpiece!


Big Draw Week- Evgenia Golubeva

This week, the children have had the opportunity to work alongside a published children's illustrator, Evgenia Golubeva. Evgenia shared with us what it is like to be an illustrator and inspired us all to be artists. Some of the children had a go at illustrating some poems, written by her husband Miles McLeod.


Evgenia said:

"Thank you for this lovely opportunity to share my work with your wonderful children! They are very bright and many are very artistic. I had lots of fun leading the workshops and now have lots of new ideas for new characters and books. So inspiring!"

Modern Foreign Languages Day:

In the week beginning Monday 2nd October, the children celebrated Modern Foreign Languages day. Each class chose a country and introduced the children to the traditions and culture of that country. In 5ST, the children made and tasted chocolate and cheese fondue from Switzerland, in 2JG the children learned how to say “hello” in Italian and in Reception the children learnt some words and tasted foods from Poland, France and the Netherlands.


Reception have been learning about pets. We were visited by a hamster, guinea pig and a dog. Their owners talked to us about how to look after and care for them.


Brilliant Club Graduations!

On Monday 25th September, Mr Gilmour took six of our children to Oxford University for a special graduation ceremony. The children have been participating in Brilliant Club, with schools across the country. Well done to all of those involved!

The Big Draw 2017

This year, we will be participating in The Big Draw. Throughout the week beginning Monday 9th October, the children will take part in various art-based activities- including working alongside a published children's illustrator! Watch this space!

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017

Children and staff will be supporting Macmillan Coffee Morning again this year. Children will donate cakes on Wednesday 27th September inreturn for coming in to school in non-uniform. The cakes will be sold on Friday 29th September when we will be inviting members of our community in to school.

School Council Elections 2017-2018

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 have been holding class elections to select two new School Council Representatives from each class. The children had to be nominated first and then give a short speech about why they should be chosen as a School Councilor. The children then took part in a secret ballot.

Year 2:

In year 2 we have been learning all about the Great Fire of London and recent events in London lead us to thinking about what to happen when a fire happens. We have learnt what to do if any of our clothes catch fire. We learnt how to STOP, DROP AND ROLL!

  • Stop
  • Drop
  • Roll
  • Keep Rolling

Fire Service Visit!

Nursery children had a visit from the Fire Service. They brought a fire engine with them and talked to u8s about fire safety.


Year 6 Leadership Struggle!

The children learnt about democracy, ranging from who is allowed to vote to the importance of it. They then pretended to be two different political parties, one party arguing for keeping schools open five days a week and the other party arguing for only keeping them open for four days. The children in each party came up with reasons and then elected a leader. The leaders then gave a speech to the class and the whole class had a vote on the topic. The party running for school being open for five days won!


Moat House Remembers

The children gathered today at 11.00am to hold a minute silence for the victims of the attack on London Bridge last Saturday.

Once again, we remind the children that they are our future.


Quakers- 4HT

We learned about the Quakers, their strong beliefs in social reform, helping other less fortunate and how this effected change in the way factory worker's lives could be improved. This is linked to our topic on Rainforests and chocolate.


KS1 Easter Games

All of KS1 got together to celebrate the end of term with some Easter themed games. The children worked amazingly hard in their teams and showed good sportsmanship at all times.


In 6SH we have been learning about Easter. We made Easter cards for a family member or friend. 


Year 1 Mother's Day Afternoon

Year 1 children invited the special women in their lives to an afternoon of treats on the Friday before Mother's Day. The children had made special gifts and enjoyed spending quality time with their guests.

Comments from some of our guests:

"It was a lovely afternoon. Thank you! It was nice to spend some time with just him, without my other children around!"

"I feel well and truly pampered now!"


Mother's Day Preparation in Nursery

The Nursery children have made and iced cakes for the special ladies in their lives. They decorated a poem about their sticky fingers with handprints. 


Healthy Lifestyles

We are very fortunate to have sports coaches come in to school and help us to keep active. For example, at lunchtimes, we have Multi-Sports activities lead by outside coaches. Every year group is put on a rota to access the free provision and children can't wait until it is their turn! They have so much fun, they don't even realise that they are getting fit too!


Year 1- Where do our pennies go? Tuesday 21st March

Prior to our Red Nose Day Fundraiser on Friday 24th March, Year 1 children learnt about what Red Nose Day is all about. We watched a video about Hassan and how the money raised by Red Nose Day helped to send him to school. We feel very lucky that we get to come to school for free. 

"Every child should get to go to school so that they can make things better in their country," David, Year 1.

"I am going to bring in the pennies from my piggy bank because I want to help children like Hassan," Lacie-Leigh, Year 1.


Year 6 Magistrates Visit

The Year 6 children were treated to a visit from our local Magistrates. The children learnt a lot about our British judicial system and set up their own mock courtroom in school! 

Year 3 Highly Sprung- Spring Term


Scout Visit Tuesday 14th March

Sarah and James from our local Scouting groups came in to talk to all of the children about the wonderful opportunities that being part of the Scouting community can offer. We learnt lots by asking thoughtful questions and are keen to join up too!


International Women's Day Wednesday 8th March 2017

Year 1 watched a clip where a man said that women should be paid less than men because they are not as clever. We discussed whether we agreed and explained our reasons. We listened respectfully to each other and  all decided that men and women were equal- that we are as good as each other.  


Shrove Tuesday 4BC

4BC learnt about Shrove Tuesday.  We chose how to present our work and thought about what we might give up for Lent.  There were some very good suggestions of how we could help other people.  Of course, we also enjoyed eating pancakes!


Shrove Tuesday Year 1

Year 1 celebrated Shrove Tuesday on Tuesday 28th February. We tried different toppings and voted for our favourite- chocolate was the over all winner. We had traditional pancake races as well- even though it was raining!


World Book Day 2017

In 2JG we spent time with Trish Cook on Thursday. She answered all our questions about improving and editing our work. We definitely learnt a lot from her!

Trish also told us all about her career and how she became an author, this was really interesting as we have so many amazing writers who could become authors in the future! 


Myton Hospice- 'Care for a Bear' and 'Welly Walk' February 2017

Well done, children! Together we raised over £2000 for Myton Hospice! 

Renewable energy- Year 6

6SH worked as teams to make their own wind turbines. We considered how we could look after our planet through using renewable sources of energy. 6SH worked as teams to make their own wind turbines. We considered how we could look after our planet through using renewable sources of energy.


Christmas performance KS1

KS1 invited parents and friends to come and see their amazing Christmas play- 'Lights, Camel, Action!' There are definitely some stars in the making!


St Chad's visit- whole school

The whole school was invited down to our local church, St Chad's, for a special Christmas service, hosted by Andrew Fisher. Andrew shared some festive stories, with the help of some members of staff! Thank you to Andrew and all of the other volunteers who made us all feel so welcome.'


Winter Fayre

The Year 6 children helped to set up and run stalls at our annual Winter Fayre. It was a fantastic event, attended by lots of members of our local community. Raising lots of money, but coming together to have fun too!

Celebrating diversity, unlocking potential!