At St Paul’s C of E Primary, we offer a variety of ways to help our children develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, including understanding of British Values.
At St Paul’s C of E, SMSC is promoted not only through all of the subjects in our curriculum, but also through our Christian vision, values and ethos which permeate all aspects of school life. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to form their own identity and sense of place and purpose; giving them the confidence to question and discover who they are in the world and face the exciting challenges that lie ahead. Alongside this, we believe in teaching our children to have sound values with an emphasis on respect for others, mutual understanding and a celebration of diversity.
Our children are actively involved in raising money for a variety of events throughout the year such the Sean Coxhead Fun Run for MacMillan Cancer, Operation Orphan and Children in Need. This enables pupils to develop key skills to equip them to be courageous advocates for the common good, locally and globally.
British values are embedded in the work of the school and they are defined as:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect
- tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
The spiritual development of pupils is demonstrated 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 in the increasingly diverse world around them.
- 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.
The moral development of pupils is demonstrated 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.
- curious about and 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.
The social development of pupils 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.
The cultural development of pupils 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 socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Heartsmart & PSHE
We are delivering ‘Heartsmart’ throughout school as part of PSHE and SMSC. The programme is designed to support children to build resilience, emotional intelligence and active empathy. It enables children to adopt a growth mind-set whilst maintaining a healthy emotional self.
HEARTSMART is about loving and accepting ourselves as well as loving and responding well to others. The programme is focussed around Boris the Robot which helps to motivate children to become actively involved with the programme and learning. There are 5 themes (known as ‘High Five’) that Boris shares throughout the year which are linked to the principles of feeling valued, considering others and showing empathy, forgiveness, being truthful and not giving up when faced with challenge.
Each classroom has an 'Information Station' - a display featuring current affairs that are current, local, national and international. This stimulates and provides opportunities for pupils to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around us. It also provides a forum for demonstrating pupils' opinions and voice which in turn stimulates debate.