Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development plays a key role in children’s ability to learn and achieve during their time at school. Our academy is a warm and supportive environment, we want every child to feel happy, safe and valued.
We promote fundamental British values through SMSC.
- tolerance of others,
- the rule of law,
- the role of democracy,
- the importance of being part of the community,
- the ability to resolve conflicts in an appropriate way and an understanding of their cultural heritage.
We provide our children opportunities to explore and develop:
- their own spiritual awareness;
- their own values and beliefs;
- their own high standards of personal behaviour;
- a positive, caring attitude towards other people;
- an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions;
- an appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures within Britain today. We do this through:
- Giving them the knowledge and understanding of a variety of beliefs, religions and philosophies during RE teaching and assemblies;
- Giving opportunities to question and engage in respectful dialogue with people who hold different beliefs to themselves;
- Visits to places of worship to extend their understanding of different beliefs and cultures;
- Providing opportunities to understand human emotions and feelings, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful; for example, through Reading, History, Drama, Music, Art and PSHCE;
- Providing opportunities to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural environment; for example, using of school grounds, visits that include appreciation of the natural world;
- Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school; for example; Behaviour Policy, Class Rules, Anti Bullying Week, and E-Safety lessons;
- Promoting racial, religious and other forms of equality (nclusion, Equal Opportunities, Accessibility Plans and SEND policies);
- Giving opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong ( PSHCE, RE, History, English, Assemblies, Drama, School Council, visits from Police, Paramedics and the Fire Service).
- Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour (Headteacher’s Awards, Dojos, Star of the Week, ‘Always’ badges);
- Taking part in Harvest Festivals to support the food bank, Achievement Assemblies; and assembly themes developing a range of values;
- Encouraging children to work cooperatively;
- Providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process and participate in making community decisions (Voting for class School Council representatives; School Council Meetings);
- Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility (Buddies, School Council representatives, class monitors);
- Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents (Dance club, sporting clubs and competitions, gifted and talented register, achievement assemblies).