At Yardley Gobion CE Primary we strive to create a learning environment, which promotes respect, diversity and self-awareness and equips all of our pupils with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they will need to succeed in their future lives.
The curriculum provides a wide range of artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities that encourage pupils to work together and use imagination in their learning. Activities are planned that require pupils to reflect and empathise with others as well as giving them the confidence to provide their opinions and develop their own point of view.
We closely link SMSC with our PSHE scheme of work and RE learning, including collective worship. Our British values work is also part of the SMSC agenda.
Spiritual development focuses on an individual's own personal beliefs and values and their resulting behaviours. Through spiritual development, children are able to understand their own feelings and emotions and this enables them to reflect and to learn.
Curriculum opportunities enable pupils to:
- Be curious and to express feelings of delight and wonder, (scientific investigations, chemical reactions, new life, the global landscape)
- Empathise and consider the viewpoints of others, (debates, drama activities, discussing feelings and empathising with characters in familiar stories)
- Consider how a belief can change people's lifestyles, (RE, investigating communities and faiths, historical case studies)
- Discuss what they think they have achieved and what they need to do to be successful in the future, (self-assessment, target setting activities)
Moral development means exploring, understanding and recognising shared values and considering the issues of right or wrong.
The classroom environment and curriculum promote moral development through:
- Codes of conduct and class rules, agreed with children and displayed in the classroom
- Clear and consistent rewards and sanctions that children understand and believe to be fair
- Collective Worship that discuss moral values and cite expectations
- Activities that enable pupils to give opinions and show their values
- Discussing the choices made by the pupils and others and the resulting outcomes, character studies, studies of historical figures.
Social development involves learners working effectively together and participating successfully in the school community as a whole. During a pupil's social development they gain interpersonal skills that allow them to form successful relationships and to become a positive team member.
Social skills are developed through:
- Modelling of positive social behaviour by all staff
- After school clubs
- Buddy and team games at play times, lunch times, on visits and through Team activities
- Turn talking and team building activities
- Pair and small group work within the classroom
- Working with others across the local community (local care homes, cluster schools, church)
Cultural development enables learners’ to develop an understanding of their own culture and of other cultures locally, nationally and internationally. It also means learning to feel comfortable in a variety of cultures and valuing cultural diversity.
Children are introduced to a regional and global perspective in life through:
- Stories from different cultures
- First hand experiences through local visits, theatre, art and artists
- Visitors from the local and international community
- Being part of National and International fund raising events
- Studies of a different lifestyle including different food, dress, festivals and places of worship