At East Ward Community Primary School we are always looking for ways to enhance the children’s SMSC education. SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. SMSC education is crucial to our pupils complete development as an individual, allowing them to take their rightful place in the community as local, national and global citizens.
At East Ward our diversity is celebrated, strong partnerships are built, and everyone is treated as a unique individual. We promote an appreciation of the cultures in our local communities, the UK and the wider world. At East Ward we aim for our pupils to demonstrate these values by:
Pupils’ spiritual development 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.
Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:
* ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries 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 ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
* use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those 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; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
* understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those 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, musical, 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.
Many of the core concepts will be covered in Personal Social Health and Emotional (PSHE) and in Religious Education (RE) lessons, however we all agree that our school is about far more than learning the curriculum.
At East Ward we embrace the broader aspects of preparing the whole child. With that in mind we have created many opportunities to develop SMSC, for example through other curriculum lessons and through a wide range of extra- curricular and out-of-school activities; promoted throughout our whole school life in competitions, fund raising, assemblies, shows, trips and visits, visitors to the school etc. Importantly these vital opportunities and skills for life and growth are present across everything we do; they are the essence of our school – to provide our children with a 'thoughtful and wide-ranging, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development'.
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