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Social, moral, spiritual and cultural education (SMSC) Review Date: Summer term 2014 AIMS The personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially, and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards others, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity of other cultures. All curriculum areas have a contribution to the child’s SMSC development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum particularly in RE, PHSE and collective worship. The integrity and spirituality of other faith backgrounds will be respected and explored. All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. Children should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others. Children will begin to understand their rights and responsibilities and the need to respect others. Teachers planning will reflect this and will include SEAL, RRR, Sex and Relationships and Drugs education. Everyone connected with the school will be aware of our values and principles overarched by our school ethos. SMSC will be consistently approached through the curriculum and the general life of the school. The education the children will experience will be set within a meaningful context appropriate to their age, aptitude and background. Children will have the opportunity to: Share their achievements and successes with other Talk about their personal experiences and feelings Express and clarify their own ideas Speak about the different events appropriate to their age Learn about families and the relationships within Consider the needs and behaviours of others Show empathy Develop self esteem and a respect for others Develop a sense of belonging Develop skills and attitudes that enable them to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally eg empathy, respect, sensitivity Use our ‘Learning leaves’ to support the SMSC opportunities within the Children will listen and talk to each other in all areas of the curriculum Learn to understand that we are all different and this should be Learn to agree and disagree Experience good role models Learn to take turns and share equipment Learn to work and play cooperatively and collaboratively develop and sustain self esteem develop the early skills of critical thinking and independent thought experience moments of stillness and reflection discuss their feelings and responses to their experiences form and maintain worthwhile friendships begin to be able to reflect upon the wonders and mysteries of life begin to be able to recognise the uniqueness of each individual listen and respond appropriately to the views of others begin to gain confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes show consideration of others know right from wrong show respect for the environment show respect for all living things begin to develop a sense of identity and of the groups around them help others in the local community and wider community begin to recognise and value richness of our diverse society have the opportunity to engage in activities which support cultural Practical activities at Harestock Primary School which help develop SMSC Work together in a variety of groups, partners, teams, etc. There are opportunities throughout the year for children to work across the whole school range Be encouraged and supported to behave appropriately at meal times Begin to take responsibility e.g. taking registers, School Council, Peer Mentors, Huff and Puff leaders, Junior Road Safety Officers Engage in team work activities not just in PE Show appreciation for the success and performances of others Celebrate the arts from around the world e.g. singing, artwork, dance. Intercultural activities support this in a more concentrated way Meet people from different cultures Participate in a variety of educational visits and welcome visitors to the school e.g. Olympic Sports Taster Day, Paralympic visitors, ‘Ten for ten’ day, Around the world week, visiting the local church. Enjoy a range of live performances e.g. Road Safety puppet shows Use assemblies to explore a range of themes, festivals, cultures and Be exposed to stories and literature from different cultures Resources e.g. role play will include resources representing different Celebrate food from around the world e.g. Intercultural weeks, Infants Learn songs and chants from around the world Learn about the contributions to society that people famous and not famous have made e.g. Florence Nightingale Have many opportunities to engage in extra curricular activities such as lunch time clubs e.g. ‘Cool’ club, choir, after school clubs e.g. Homework club, Netball, Cricket, football. To ensure equality of opportunity the school will offer financial support for children eligible for FSM if the activity has a cost implication The school will also offer financial support for activities beyond the school e.g. swimming for eligible children Visitors are welcome to the school having completed all the relevant Close links with the local church are fostered and Rev Sam Barnes is a good friend of the school and leads assemblies. We also have links with Christchurch Congregation who also come in to lead assemblies. Children engage in charity fund raising for local needs and beyond – this includes supporting Soma School in The Gambia to help them renovate and enhance their facilities. From September 2012 the School’s Council will research and choose 3 charities that the school will support for one year – a local charity, National charity and an International charity. The home-school agreement supports the development of effective Children are taught and encouraged to look after their local environment and be aware of the wider environment and the effect we have on it Children will have the opportunity to enter competitions Homework supports developing knowledge of the local and wider SMSC provision is monitored by planning review, curriculum review, observing teaching and learning, discussions at staff and governor meetings



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