Spiritual Moral Social & Cultural development

 

SMSC

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.

British Values and Ethos at Park Junior School

The DfE have recently reinforced the need 

"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:

Democracy

We have our own school council with elected representatives.

All children are able to put themselves forward to their classmates. A ballot is held and pupils are voted for

All children are encouraged to debate topics of interest, express their views and make a meaningful contribution to the running of the school on matters that directly involve pupils.

 The Rule of Law

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.

Pupils are helped to distinguish right from wrong.

Pupils are helped to respect through unpicking why we have school rules and therefore why rules are important in the wider world.

Visits from authorities such as the Police; Fire Service; Ambulance etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message

The Behaviour and Anti-Bullying policies encourage the restorative justice process to resolve conflict.

E-safety is taught each year and the local PCSO has visited to reinforce the message.

Drugs education is taught through our PSHE curriculum and each year the school is visited by the Life Bus which deals with this topic.

Year 5 pupils take part in ‘Bikeability’ where they learn to ride a bike safely on the road and in order to pass the course, have to be familiar with the highway code.

Rule of Law is also taught through our creative curriculum on regular occasions including:

Guy Fawkes

Ancient Greek society’s treatment of women and the history of democracy

 Individual Liberty

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

As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment, a planned curriculum and an empowering education

Pupils are supported to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence

Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for their behaviour

Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our e-safety teaching and PSHE lessons

Freedom of speech is modelled through encouraging pupil participation.

Vulnerable pupils are protected and stereotypes challenged

A strong anti-bullying culture is embedded in the school

Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school e.g. School Council members, lunchtime office helpers, Assembly Monitors etc

Pupils make many choices throughout the day including choosing their own lunch from the lunch menu daily and their own reading book from the library.

Mutual Respect

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.

The school strongly promotes respect for individual differences.

Pupils are helped to acquire an understanding of, and respect for, their own and other cultures and ways of life

Regular circle time

Staff and pupils are encouraged to challenge prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour

Actively promoting our values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental values, including ‘extremist’ views

 Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

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

Assemblies and discussions involving prejudices and prejudiced-based bullying have been followed and supported in PHSCE/Circle Time

We offer a culturally rich and diverse curriculum in which all major religions are studied and respected

Strong links have been cultivated with the local church and each week, members of the congregation come to run an ‘Open the Book’ assembly, sharing bible stories with the children.

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.

 


 

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