SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development. In our school it goes hand in hand with our Collective Worship Themes and our Religious Education lessons.
Our lessons and attitudes around school will help the pupils to develop an inner discipline and will encourage them to not just ‘follow the crowd’ - they will make up their own minds and be ready to accept responsibility for what they do. They will grow through making choices and holding to the choices that they have made. They will want to be honest with themselves and with others.
Our focus is:
Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.
Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity
Collective Worship Themes
Each half term has a different focus and is centred around Christian Values. The children reflect on it in assemblies and through activities, and think about how it applies in our own lives.
This half term’s theme is: Courage
Basic to Christian faith is the belief that God is present in every situation. This has led to some great acts of courage that have included facing danger, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere. Through prayer people have found the strength to help them to be courageous.
We want to show our children examples of people who have shown courage, share stories with them and encourage within them this value - to take a step into the unknown with confidence, to stand up for things that are right, not to bow to the masses if the reasons are wrong.
We will be keeping in mind our Year 6 children as they near the end of their time with us and prepare for their summer production and moving on to high school; we will be thinking of our pupils as they prepare to move to a new class, perform before their peers, take tests, and a myriad of other things in their lives that need a daily dose of courage.
As a Church of England School in the Leeds Diocese we follow the diocescan recommended syllabus. Lessons are active and thought provoking and are documented through scrap books of evidence.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
We learn about the UN Convention Rights of the Child within school.
The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights. Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.
Watch this great video from Unicef about inspiring children around the world.
We have 5 Playleaders from Year 5, who were trained with part of our school PE funding, and who now run activities for our younger children throughout the week.
Our Year 5 class also has a new Eco Group who are passionate about their support for activities that help us to realise and understand the damage we are doing to the world.
Year 6 children run a bookclub once a week and are being invited to the Town Hall in Halifax to meet authors and vote to choose the “Calderdale Book of the Year”