Spiritual Moral Social & Cultural development
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) is core to Park Junior’s curriculum, ensuring our pupil’s personal development helps them to thrive in a supportive and highly cohesive learning community.
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their curiosity and respect for the beliefs, faiths and values of their friends, their community and the wider world around them. Experiences include school visits by community leaders as well as high quality religious education. From role play, to classroom discussions, to assemblies, our pupils are fascinated by the world and approach learning about themselves and others with great enthusiasm. Pupils experience other places and ways of life through French language and cultural lessons, trips and residential visits including our school journeys to the Penzance and the south coast of Cornwall.
Pupils’ moral development is shown by their understanding of children’s rights and responsibilities. These are expressed in our school charter (Ready: Respectful: Safe) at the start of the year. Pupils regularly investigate and offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues during circle time, debating and philosophical enquiry. Experiences such as these are embedded throughout the curriculum. Core texts in English and current affairs provide a rich stimulus for meaningful, memorable discussion and knowledge acquisition.
Pupils’ social development is encouraged by the teaching of Park Junior’s Pink curriculum inclusding attitudes and skills. Skills such as communication and self-management help to emphasise the need to work both individually and as a community. Social skills are further enhanced by residential visits, fundraising initiatives and political activism. Park Junior’s school, eco and sports councils helps pupils by demonstrating British values such as democracy, rule of law and individual liberty; all pupils are involved through pupil voice and pupil leadership roles across the school.
"to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs."
At Park Junior School these values are reinforced regularly through the concept of our ‘School Charter’ (Ready Repectful Safe) and our termly values (respect, kindness, perseverance, honesty, co-operation, responsibility) and in the following ways:
Alongside our school rules, each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged, and given the freedom to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. e.g. by signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choosing the level of challenge in some lessons and becoming increasingly more involved in child-led learning
Respect is one of the core values of our school. This can be seen and felt in our pervading ethos in school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.
Links and visits are promoted with local faith communities and places of worship e.g. members of different faiths or religions are invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class
Through the PSHE and RE curriculums pupils are encouraged to discuss and respect differences between people, such as differences of faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality and differences of family situations, such as looked after children or young carers
Enrichment weeks provide opportunities for promoting mutual respect and tolerance for example anti-bullying week which includes a focus on prejudicial language and differences, and French week where the children found out about the country and people and how the culture differs from our own.