Our commitment to Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

At school, we are consistently developing each child’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning. This is evident throughout the day and can be seen through our topics, visits and other activities; we encourage our parents to get involved at home with these areas by promoting tolerance, independence and extra-curricular interests, as well as developing them as an active British citizen and a positive Islamic role model for the community. In this section you can view how we enjoy doing this at school.

World Down Syndrome Day 22/03/21

On the 21st of March it was World Downs Syndrome Day so on Monday we all wore odd socks to raise awareness. We started by looking at some photos of children with downs syndrome and talked about things they may find difficult or things they love. The children gave some amazing ideas of how we can respect similarities and differences in others!

Next up we discussed muscle tone. This is such a significant part of the struggles children with Down Syndrome face. I did a demonstration to show how speaking can be difficult for children with low tone. I had a marshmallow in my mouth. Then we all tried to speak to one another with marshmallows in our mouth and found it difficult!

We also tried writing with a sock on our hand to show how writing can be difficult as well.

Our last activity was creating our own unique socks. We talked about how boring it would be if we were all the same.

Well-Being Week 08/03/21

The first week back from school post-lockdown focused on the well-being of children. As we welcomed them back to school, they were greeted with balloons and fun activities to help them settle in after a long break.

All the children were missed and we are delighted to have them back!

‘There’s always a rainbow after a storm’

The first day back was filled with joyfully activities. The children decorated cupcakes with emojis, enjoyed chocolate fountain and spent time outdoors playing penalty shoot-out.

Children named an emotion they felt during lockdown and then connected with their peers who may have also felt the same way. They were reminded of the importance of talking and listening to one another to enhance a positive wellbeing.

Yarn activity- a web of emotions ”we were away from each other but our feelings weren’t”. the children sat in a circle and mentioned an emotion they felt during home-school and when they felt it. They then gave the yarn ball to someone who felt the same. That child then named another emotion and forwarded the yarn to another child. This was to remind the children that it good to talk and that there are other children out there who feel what we feel and that you are never alone.

Happiness Balloons activity- children learnt about the importance of helping one another in a fun way. The teachers asked the children to blow the balloons and then each child to write their names on the balloon. They tossed all the balloons in the class so that they were mixed up. The children couldn’t find their own balloons so were told to pick up the one closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. After everyone had got a balloon they were told that balloons are like happiness. no one will find it looking for theirs only. instead if everyone cares about each other’s they will find theirs as quickly as possible.

Everyone is trying to find their own happiness in this world. But when we help someone else with finding their own happiness Allah grants us our happiness through the help of others. Wish for others what you wish for yourself

During the afternoon pupils used their computing skills to express their emotions. Well done!!

Anti-Bullying Week 16/11/2020

During Anti-Bullying. All year groups took part in different activities during the week, as well as incorporating anti-bullying in the lessons.

For Early Years, they had a discussion on what bullying is, highlighting that bullying is when someone does something bad repeatedly. The children talked about being friends and what makes a good friend, for example sharing, helping etc.

For their activity, they read the story of ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’, creating a storyboard and drawing the grass, the river and the bridge. The children were encouraged to draw and cut out 3 different sized goats and a troll. They then used their story board to retell the story of ‘The 3 Billy Goat’s Gruff.”

In Primary classes, the children partook in various activities, they wrote unfriendly comments and then cut up the human body image. They learnt that no matter how much you apologise to a person after being hurtful towards them, the harm will always remain. In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Children also made beautiful Anti-Bullying posters to show the importance of being nice to one another and what Islam teaches us about kindness and good character.

They also had a competition to design the best pair of socks, we had some awesome socks. Congratulations to the winners, Aisha Bodhania, Zainab Vali and Maariyah Moosa.

World Food Day 16/10/2020

Nursery, looked at the popular food in the country Turkey. The children had a fantastic time tasting the different food items such as falafels, humous, olives, pomegranate and even Turkish delight which was the favourite choice amongst the class. They discussed the different textures of the food and used amazing language to describe some of the foods such as ‘crispy’, soft, chewy, sweet, hard, crunchy. They also made Turkey flags at the creative table and looked at Turkish writing on the food packages.”

In Literacy Reception class got into small groups and looked at images of children from poor countries looking for food in the rubbish, waiting in line for food, carrying buckets of water or drinking dirty water. they talked about how we should be thankful and say Alhumdulillah and not waste food. They then drew and labelled pictures of what they could give to the children in the photos. For snack they had different items with chocolate in them and talked about the healthy foods they normally have for snack and how they can have chocolate in small amounts. They were also thankful for having these treats.

Year 1/2 looked at the culture of France. They learnt about the famous buttery, flaky, crescent shaped bread known as Croissants which is their speciality and crepes.

Year 3/4 chose Italy. The children learned the history of pizza and where it originates from as well as how mozzarella is made. They tasted pizzas, garlic bread and bread sticks.

Year 5/6 children learnt about the remarkable History of Turkey, the inspirational culture, the delicious cuisine and its famous attractions for tourists. They also made their very own Turkish Fez. Well done!

Black History Month 14/10/2020

Year 1 &2: During Black History Month, the children learnt about the Famous Nurse Mary Seacole who looked after injured soldiers at the time of the Crimean War. She also helped look after lots of Jamaican people affected by the cholera outbreak in 1850. Due to her very caring nature she was given the name ‘Mother Seacole’ and her efforts are still recognised today.

Year 3: As part of Black History Month, the children learnt about famous black figures throughout history, such as; Rosa Parks. We learnt what Rosa Parks did to stand up for herself at a time when black people were discriminated against, and how she changed the law for black people in America.

Year 4: Black History Month is a time set aside each year to celebrate the achievements of black men and women in the past and today. The Year 4 students were introduced to some key black figures including, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mary Seacole and studied the importance and significance they have had in society. The students also generated good knowledge of the most recent George Floyd case which brought about the movement of Black Lives Matter.

Year 5: Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Year 6: For Black History Month Year 6 researched and learnt about famous and important Black figures from the past and present. We learnt about their roles, impact and achievements in many different fields. Children were also asked to name five living Black people that are famous or well known.

Mental Health Day 13/10/2020

In Early Years, the children talked about feelings last week and what they could do if they were feeling down. They read a book called ‘Angry.’ drew pictures of the feelings and talked about why they might be feeling that way. They also thought of ways they could help people if they were feelings sad, angry or lonely.

The children also learnt that when we are angry and standing up we should sit down and if we are sitting we should lie down. They even made their very own green ribbons!

In Primary, as part of wellbeing week, children learnt about the 5 steps to positive mental health. To connect with others, children created a card to a loved one of their choice. As part of ‘take notice’, children were given different types of jellies. They were then asked to take a close look at the jelly, smell it, feel it and listen out to any sounds it makes when dropped. They then wrote down a short description of their jellies, using their 5 senses.

As part of World Mental Health day, the children made ‘Anger catches’ to help them cope with different emotions that they may feel. It was a fun activity as they decorated their anger catchers while educating the children on mental health and its importance. They learned how situations may cause different emotional reactions for different people.

As part of mental health day, the children learnt about mental well-being and ways it could be improved. Children learnt about individuals they could turn to with any issue. The year 4 children created superhero face masks to reinforce the idea that they would be there for one another and actively try to ensure that they could help promote positive mental health.

As part of well-being week, we looked at the five steps to positive mental health and the impact mental health has on our young minds. Children made a well-being booklet where they illustrated what makes them happy and what they are grateful for. Children also created a “What I would like to achieve by the end of the year jar”

For Mental Health Day the children made green ribbons. The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness. The children attached the ribbons to their clothing to show that they are aware and care about mental health. Children also learnt about how to develop and maintain a growth mindset and discussed the benefits of having positive thinking.

Wellbeing Week 09/09/2020

For wellbeing week, the classes focused on 5 wellbeing outcomes.

  • Being Active
  • Being Mindful
  • Being Thankful
  • Giving
  • Kindness & Gratitude

Reception class focused on 1 outcome per day. For ‘Being active’, they had an obstacle course, balancing beams, and parachute games outside. They also had water play inside, creative painting activities, and card-making which they all thoroughly enjoyed.

For ‘being mindful and Thankful’, they discussed being thankful for everything Allah has given us and had beautiful responses from the children, they also made pictures of the things they are thankful for. One of the activity was a fruit tasting activity, this was to encourage the children to think about all the fruits we have been blessed with, the children enjoyed this activity.

For ‘Giving’, they talked about giving charity and Sadaqah and made their own charity boxes, they loved decorating them and coloring them in. They did some worksheets, and some of them made flowers for their parents.

‘Kindness & Gratitude tree’ was the last focus point. The children talked about how we can be kind, caring and help other, we had beautiful responses from the children, which we added to our tree.

In Primary, as part of well-being week, the children looked at the five steps to positive mental health and the impact mental health has on young minds. Each year group carried out a range of fun activities in order to learn about positive thinking and mental health.

In Year 1&2 for focusing on ‘Keep Learning’, they learnt a new communication skill by creating a letter for classmates using secret code. children also wrote a letter to their future selves. In the letter they each highlighted their goals and aspirations for the future

Children in Y3 made a well-being booklet where they illustrated what makes them happy and what they are grateful for. They also created a “What I would like to achieve by the end of the year jar”

In order to reconnect with one another and with new members of staff, Year 4 children created an ‘All about me cubes’ where they introduced themselves and learnt facts about one another.

For Promoting Giving, the Year 5 children made a kindness calendar which is used on a daily basis. The children connected with their peers as part of ‘Connect’ by making ‘cup phones’ using cups and string.

To focus on Mindfulness children in Year 6 practised meditation techniques and discussed the different situations it could come in use. When it came to ‘Being active’, children performed a yoga routine after discussing the benefits of exercise for the mind. The children made a kindness calendar which was part of their activity focusing on ‘Give’. They also made colourful emotion wheels.

Events from Previous Years

Elections 13/12/2019

It was a busy day at PPS on Election day as our party leaders prepared to present their vision for the country in a live-debate with our student audience. The Yr6 candidates were representing Labour. Conservatives. Green Party. UKIP or Liberal Democrats for General Election 2019.
Once the leaders, made their final pitches, the students cast their votes carefully and thoughtfully in the Ballot Box.
The party with the most votes with a whooping 53.4% was Labour, followed by The Green Party with 17.3%
Well Done to all the children for taking part, especially the Yr6 students for all their time and effort.

In Reception class, the children talked about the importance of voting and how people all over the country would be voting. They prepared their own election where the children could vote for the play dough colour for the following week. It was emphasized that voting was their choice and when the voting started all the children queued up. They remembered to keep their vote private, fold it and post it in the ballot box. They were careful to add only 1 cross.

Yorkshire Bank 20/11/2019

The students had a fantastic experience with a visit from Yorkshire Bank for their Money Minds session. It was a session filled with information, interactivity, learning and fun activities.

The children learned about looking after money, where money comes from, various different type of money. They also had to guess which currency matches with which country, how to recognise money and a step by step process of what happens when you visit the bank and deposit money. Budgeting skills were put in use, when the children were told to plan a party within the budget given.

It was a very productive session in which many skills were learnt.

World Kindness Day 13/11/2019

For World Kindness day, the children looked at the reward received when thinking of others and in this activity the Reception children wrapped chocolates for the adults that help them in the school. They made their own labels and delivered them to the adults a few days later.

Reception class incorporated World Kindness day in Anti Bullying week.
They looked at the story of The 3 Billy Goats Gruff and talked about what the troll did in the story that made him a bully. They then made their own story boards to retell the story and made ‘friend hats’ adding pictures on to the hat that showed them how one can be a good friend.

World Mental Health Day October 2019

Well done to all the staff and students who took part in Mental Heath Day by wearing something yellow to show solidarity within people and helping them know that they’re not alone.
The children had an opportunity to explore different emotions and feelings and understand the importance of having healthy minds and healthy bodies.

Some of the activities the children enjoyed taking part in, was looking at different expressions and marching them to feelings, saying why they thought they might be feeling like that. They talked to a partner about who they would talk to if we were feeling angry or scared. They discussed different picture cards and sorted them into friendly and unfriendly. There were lots of different materials and they enjoyed creating different expressions. They also made different things in yellow to wear for the day.

STEM April 2019

STEM Cross Curricular day provided a resourceful platform to stimulate and support children to become confident individuals and celebrate all sciences,Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and their importance and reliance in our everyday lives.
Throughout the day children engaged in various exciting activities such as:

Paper Tower Challenge
9 Toothpick Triangle Challenge
Building with Lego
Creating Bridges And Structures
Measuring And The Process Of Baking
Creating Inventions
Packaging And Materials

Multi Faith Day February 2019

On Multi Faith Cross Curricular day, the key message of Respect and Tolerance was enhanced through looking at the six main religions. Children explored the culture, beliefs, festivals and places of worship of each religion.

The children undertook various interesting activities to enhance their learning opportunities.

They looked at places of worship for the different religions by studying the similarities and differences between Mosques, Churches, Synagogues, Temples, Gurdwara and Mandir and how we all pray.

Languages Around the World December 2018

This terms cross curricular was themed around promoting multilingualism and creating awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity. The whole school became alive with a celebration of our diverse and beautiful world of rich cultures, customs and languages spoken around the globe. The children had an opportunity to identify the different countries on the map, explore their culture and learn about the origin of the languages spoken. Overall, It was a day filled with multilingual fun!

World Kindness Day November 2018

To celebrate World Kindness Day all of our children wrote an example of a kind act on a sticker and posted it on our board. This reminds us that we should be kind to everyone every day.

NHS70 – OCTOBER 2018

We had a whole day celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

The children learnt about the NHS services available to them and how they can seek help using the services provided in our region. Children went back in time to see where it all began by looking at the history and timeline of the NHS. They explored different inventions that were made and learnt how advances in technology have shaped the NHS and moulded it into the brilliant establishment it is today.
Children were also taught basic first aid, from what do in an emergency to how to call for help. They learnt how to help someone choking, someone who is un-conscious, the recovery position etc. They explored emergency scenarios and were able to explain what must be done in a particular situation.

RAF 100 – JULY 2018

Hats of Faith – July 2018

Hats of Faith bus came to visit our school to help us learn more about all the religions in the world and also to talk about tolerance and respect.

Eid Gifts for our Neighbours – June 2018

Downs Syndrome Awareness – March 2018

Women who changed the World – February 2018

Our cross – curricular day focused on learning and celebrating 100 years of the vote for women. We used this event to learn about many inspirational women in history.

Grandparents Day – December 2017

To help consolidate the learning of the Year 1 children in their history lesson, we invited some grandparents to school to talk about how things were when they were young. It was very interesting for the children to hear about the types of games they played.

Anti-Bullying Week

The week of 16th – 20th November is Anti-Bullying Week which is marked with special activities and events throughout the school. This puts an extra emphasis on our “zero tolerance for bullying” policy. One of the activities this week was for each child to design an anti-bullying poster. A winner would be be selected from each year group and their poster would then be displayed on our Anti-Bullying Board. Well done to all children for taking part and we will look forward to hearing about the winners!

Road Safety Week

During Road Safety Week, the Paradise children took part in various learning activities. These included both theory and practical activities inside and outside the classroom. We welcomed visitors to remind us how to cross safely and we enjoyed learning off each other while working in our mentor groups.

School Partnership to Clean up the Community

The children in Year 3 joined forces with the Year 3 children from Madni and went out on a mission to clean up the community. They worked very hard clearing up rubbish and gathering leaves from a local area in Savile Town. It was a great and very rewarding experience by the children and a wonderful opportunity to link with another local school. We will look forward to more projects together in the future.

All Saints in Cumbria

Earlier in the week the children at Paradise were learning about the floods that affected the people of Cumbria and after some of the parents from PPS had been there to help with the clean up operation. The children felt inspired to help and were concerned that children and families, just like them, would be struggling to live in their own homes due to the devastation caused by the flooding. So on Thursday 17th December a group of children undertook a very enjoyable and lively 4 hour trip to All Saints CE Primary School in Cockermouth. They met with the children and teachers, performed some nasheeds in a special assembly and delivered boxes of doughnuts as a special end of term treat. Aishah delivered a speech explaining to the children the meaning of the nasheeds and that the message given is that we are all one big family and should love one another no matter what happens. Ahmad led the children in the nasheeds and the staff and children of All Saints were very impressed. Meanwhile back in Dewsbury, the other children held a milkshake and nasheed afternoon where they each brought in a charitable donation in order to help the flood effected families in Cumbria.
“Thank you so much to you and your lovely children for travelling to see us. We are looking forward to staying in touch with you and definitely will be looking into accessing some funding so we can visit you and your school! Heartfelt thanks to all your children.” All Saints
Both schools are excited about working together in the future.

Paula Sherriff MP

On 23rd October we welcomed our local newly elected MP to school. This was an excellent extension to our Election Day earlier in the year which was a very important day for Paula. Paula met with all of the children and gave them an insight into what her job entails and how she looks after our community. She expressed her enjoyment at visiting our school and hopes to return again very soon.

Maths Cross – Curricular Day

West Yorkshire Police Visit

Officers from West Yorkshire Police, including Community Liaison Officers and Prevent Coordinators spent the day educating the children about the merits of being a police officer and the perils of being on the wrong side of the law. This was a great opportunity to discuss safety with our children both on and off line.

School Pets

In July we welcomed Oreo and Cream to our school. They have provided the children with an opportunity to love, respect and care for other living creatures and have embraced the responsibility of looking after their daily needs with great enthusiasm.

Farm to Fork

Reception class visited Tesco as part of the Farm to Fork scheme to see where their food comes from.They got to dress up and try different breads and cheeses and view all types of fish.

Election Day

On May 7th, National Election Day, the children of Paradise all took part in the experience just like all the politicians throughout the country! Each class were allocated one of the main political party’s, learnt all about them and developed their own manifesto, elected their own leaders and made election speeches for the whole school. The whole week the school building was transformed with bill boards and posters advertising the various parties. Teachers and children both enjoyed this whole experience and Year 4 reigned victorious!

Visit to Barnfield Residential Home

The children from Year 5 paid a visit to the residents in Barnfield one morning in March. They brought buns and snacks are prepared some musical performances for the the ladies and gentlemen there. Then they stayed and chatted a while about each others lives and different things they had in common. The children and staff loved the visit and made some friends there. After the visit one resident contacted the school to say how much they had enjoyed meeting the children and came and took an assembly for the whole school. We hope to visit again soon.