In SMSC we try to be the best that we can be!




Assembly topics

Some of our recent assembly topics have included: World environment day, Food safety, Ramadan, Emmeline Pankhurst, Billingham International Folklore Festival, New beginnings, Hajj, Yom Kippur, Harvest, Guy Fawkes & Firework safety, Diwali, Remembrance Sunday, BBC Children in Need, Anti-bullying week, Christmas, Hannukah, Vaisakhi, Queen’s 90th birthday, World Environment Day, Stockton Cycling festival, European Referendum, New year, Chinese New Year, Lent, Safer Internet day, Nirvana Day, World Book Day, Mothering Sunday, British science week, Easter, International Peace Day, Feast of St Francis of Assisi, National Braille Week, Anti-bullying week, Road safety week, Going for Gold, New Beginnings, Responsible use of mobile phones, media influence on our choices, rights and responsibilities (Human Rights Day), Brexit and not forgetting our REWARD assemblies and our CLASS assemblies.


Our Class names

Each class adopts a new country or city or state or landmark every year and learns about its culture and other fascinating facts. Over the last few years we have found out about: England, Scotland, Wales, Seychelles, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Ghana, Chad, Sudan, Italy, Iceland, Hungary, Poland, Malta, Cyprus, Sardinia & Corsica, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Guatemala, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Egypt, Finland, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Morocco, Norway, Sweden, Tunisia, Denmark, The Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey.

Two years ago, we chose UK city names: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bradford, Liverpool and Bristol.

Last year, we have named our classes after USA states: Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Arizona, New York, California, Kansas, Alabama and Texas.

This year, we’ve chosen local landmarks including: the River Tees, Durham Cathedral, Redcar Beacon, the Transporter Bridge, Captain Cook’s Monument, Castle Eden, Roseberry Topping, Saltburn Pier, Stewart Park, Saltholme and Preston Park.


PSHE Lessons

We value PSHE very highly at Pentland. Each class has a regular PSHE lesson as well as being taught through opportunities presented across the curriculum. We use the PSHE Association’s Programme of Study for PSHE Education to ensure that our provision meets the needs of today’s pupils and supports us in fulfilling our statutory responsibility to safeguard pupils, to support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Topics covered through our PSHE program include:

Health & Wellbeing: Lucinda & Godfrey, emergency first aid skills, Good to be me, dealing with different feelings and emotions, The effects of alcohol, drugs and smoking, healthy foods, healthy lifestyles, Heartstart, making choices, being safe, e-safety.

Relationships: healthy and unhealthy relationships, resolving conflict, bullying, challenging homophobia (CHIPS scheme).

Living in the Wider World (Economic Well being and being a responsible citizen): responsibility, democracy, the UK parliament, Fairtrade, understand poverty, animal welfare, enterprise and financial awareness.