Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision.
We recognise that the personal development of students, 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 our students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
At Whittington Green School:
All curriculum areas have a contribution to our students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for students and their families. Students 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.
Students should understand their rights and responsibilities and the need to respect the rights of others. All curriculum areas should seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This will be reflected in the teacher’s planning and learning resources.
We aim to ensure:
- That everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles
- A thorough approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum, assembly programme and the general life of the school
- That a student’s education is set within the context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background
- That we promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths
Spiritual Development aims to:
- Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience
- Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought
- Foster their emotional life and express their feelings
- Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences
- Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships
- Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life
Moral Development aims to:
- Recognise the unique value of each individual
- Listen and respond appropriately to the views of other
- Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes
- Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others
- Distinguish between right and wrong
- Show respect for the environment
- Make informed and independent judgements
- Take action for justice
Social Development aims to:
- Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity
- Helping others in the school and wider community
Cultural Development aims to:
- Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Modern Britain
- Develop an understanding of Modern Britain’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.
Through class based discussions we will give students opportunities to:
- Share their achievements and successes with other,
- Talk about personal experiences and feelings
- Express and clarify their own ideas and beliefs
- Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc
- Explore relationships with friends/family/others
- Consider the needs and behaviour of others
- Show empathy
- Develop self-esteem and a respect for others
- Develop a sense of belonging
- Develop the skills and attitudes that enable students to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally e.g. empathy, respect, open-mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness etc.
- Many curriculum areas provide opportunities to:
- Listen and talk to each other
- Learn an awareness of treating all as equals, accepting people who are different because of physical and learning difficulties
- Agree and disagree
- Experiencing good role models
- Take turns and share equipment
- Work co-operatively and collaboratively
Practical activities to develop SMSC include:
- Involvement in Volunteering eg helping out during school events/open evenings
- Working together in different groupings and situations
- Taking responsibility e.g. Ambassadors, Librarians, Roving Reporters, Reading Partners.
- Encouraging teamwork in PE and games
- Meeting people from different cultures and countries
- Participation in a variety of different educational visits
- Participation in live performances
- Use of assembly themes to explore important aspects of our heritage and other cultures e.g. British Values, festival days,
- Opportunities to make and evaluate food from other countries
- Opportunities in music to learn songs from different cultures and play a range of instruments
- Studying the contributions to society that certain famous people have made.