SMSC

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

 

Introduction

 

At Bromesberrow St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School Christian values are firmly embedded in the daily life of our school. As a Church school, we approach Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD)from a Christian perspective, offering a holistic approach to education.

 

 

 

The Church school offers a spiritual and moral basis for the development of human wholeness and a sure foundation for personal and social values based on the person and ministry of Christ. A distinctive language is provided for the understanding of life and interpreting human experience. As a community of faith, the Church School should, in its best expression, reflect the nature of the Trinity, a life shared and defined by reference to others. Here we can begin to discover who we are, why we are, and – perhaps most importantly – what we might be.

 

The Way Ahead, Chapter 3 para 3.26

 

What is SMSCD?

 

SMSCD is about developing the whole child through:

 

  • Spiritual
  • Moral
  • Social and
  • Cultural activities

 

in an environment which enables all children to grow and flourish, become confident individuals and appreciate their own worth and that of others.

 

Spiritual Development 

Spirituality Statement

Our school promotes Christian fellowship and a caring and compassionate community, where pupils are able to reflect upon a world filled with awe and wonder.

'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away'.

The Spiritual development of our pupils is shown by their:

 

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

 

 This can be seen in our school through:

 

  • RE lessons, where spiritual development is planned in and encouraged throughout our daily school life.
  • Collective Worship, where Christian Values, such as forgiveness, peace, thankfulness and trust are taught explicitly.
  • Celebration assemblies
  • Religious Celebrations
  • Spontaneous acts of personal worship, prayer and reflection (including silence and stillness)
  • Through enrichment experiences including visits/visitors, including trips to places of worship and Forest School.

 

Moral Development

 

The Moral development of our pupils is shown by their:

 

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

 

This can be seen in our school through:

 

  • PSHE and wellbeing programme (to include Zippy’s and Apple’s Friends, GHLL Pink Resources, play therapy and therapeutic storywriting
  • Opportunities for moral development being planned for explicitly into the curriculum
  • Collective Worship
  • Values education and Stars awards recognising good moral development and achievement in practice
  • Sustainability
  • Equalities, identities and diversity
  • Discussions/debates around moral and ethical issues
  • School behaviour policy – available on the school website for our school community (this is linked to our values systems)
  • An understanding of the moral teaching of the Bible and other religions
  • The moral aspects of the school ethos
  • The School Council and Worship Leads work alongside our staff to review the impact of our Christian values on behaviour.

 

Social Development

 

The Social development of our pupils is shown by their:

 

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

 

 This can be seen in our school through:

 

  • Our fully inclusive, welcoming environment and ethos, where we strive for excellence in all, for all.
  • Our Christian Values and teachings, e.g. service, friendship, compassion and generosity, as well as our school Values of collaboration and kindness.
  • The curriculum, where opportunities are planned in to develop children’s social awareness.
  • Collective Worship
  • Excellent pastoral support to children and families
  • Collaborative tasks (including team building activities)
  • Opportunities to vote and have their voice heard, contributing to the school community
  • School council and Worship Leads
  • After school activities, allowing children to interact with different children collaboratively in a range of different contexts
  • Community events (locally, nationally, globally)
  • School and community partnerships and cluster events, e.g. Tewkesbury District Partnership
  • School visits and visitors
  • Celebrating differences

 

 Cultural Development

 

The Cultural development of our pupils is shown by their:

 

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

 

This can be seen in our school through:

 

  • Links with local schools, churches, groups, businesses, charities, faiths etc
  • The creative and art curriculum, learning about Christian heritage and tradition, as well as the heritage and tradition of other faiths and cultures.
  • Participation in cultural events and whole school projects which celebrate diversity
  • Visits and visitors from the Christian faith and other religions e.g. Cathedral, Church, Mosque, Synagogue.
  • National and International events and celebrations
  • Current affairs and enterprise activities and issues (e.g. community arts initiatives and workshops)
  • Collective Worship
  • RE teaching, where children learn that the Christian faith is rich and culturally diverse in its traditions and practices.

British Values Statement

At Bromesberrow St. Mary's we value and respect different cultures, religions and beliefs. We celebrate and share diversity as a school, and our school curriculum provides a wealth of opportunity to explore this further in different contexts. Here is a sample of what we teach in relation to promoting British Values:

* We have collective worship assemblies which celebrate and commemorate key events in British history e.g. the World Wars.

* We have been involved and orgnaised community events centred around this e.g. Rededication of War Memorial and commemorating the centenary of WW1, involving displays of local history and further afield.

* Learning about Florence Nightingale and the nurses in Scutari

* Celebrating and finding out about the history of the Olympic games, welcoming the torch to our area (a member of our school got to hold the torch) and hosting our own school games.

* Getting involved in the recent World Cup, finding out about the history behind this and all the current sportsmen, who represented our country.

* Children have been to the local museums to find out about significant local people e.g. the poets Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and John Masefield.

* As a school we celebrated the wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate, having a tea and scones party. This was planned for and baked for by the children and parents. Governors enjoyed this event.

* We have recently been learning about the Victorian era and how this helped to shape our country, learning about the Industrial Revolution and Queen Victoria as a leader.

The 5 Fundamental British Values

Democracy:

Democracy is clearly apparent in our school. Pupil Voice is heard through Collective Worship group, School Council and Eco Council. Pupil surveys are regularly conducted and children have had the opportunity to take part in LA surveys to enhance on this further. Pupil voice also feeds into our School Development Plan and Values Education. In fact, our Values for the school were chosen in consultation with children, parents, staff and governors.

The Rule of Law:

The Laws of our country are enforced through the rules in our school. Children know that there are consequences for their actions in school and staff ensure that through the curriculum and assemblies that these are related to British law. Pupils are taught the purpose of laws and how they ensure stability and safety. Visits from authorities such as the Local Authority Services, Police and Fire Service are encouraged.

Individual Liberty:

Children at Bromesberrow are encouraged to make informed choices and know that thay have rights and freedoms as individuals. As part of our PSHE, Collective Worship and E-Safety curriculum we teach children boundaries and educate them on topics of morality and consequences. Children are actively encouraged and empowered to make choices in topics, learning challenges and after school clubs.

Mutual Respect:

One of our 6 core school values is respect. This was chosen by all stakeholders as an essential value for 'getting on' in the world. Respect is unpicked and explored in Collective Worship and class; the children are shown examples of this and are encouraged to be reflective and responsive to this in practice.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

We are a Christian school, who as part of our ethos are tolerant and respectful of different faiths and beliefs. Children are taught the key elements of the 6 main world faiths and have opportunity to explore these in different contexts. 

 

Ofsted Comments

"Pupils' progress and achievement are good throughout the school."

January 2014

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