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Hart Plain Junior School

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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural statement

 

At Hart Plain Junior School we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC), plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:
 
·         their own values and beliefs
·         their own spiritual awareness
·         their own high standards of personal behaviour
·         a positive, caring attitude towards other people
·         an understanding of their social and cultural traditions
·         an appreciation of the diversity and richness of their cultures
  
We consciously facilitate opportunities in these four areas in the following ways:
 
SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT: Refers to the children’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings and values.
·         Giving pupils the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs and the way in which they impact on people’s lives. This is done, for example, through Assemblies, PSHE planning, RE and History.
·         Giving pupils the opportunity to understand human emotions and feelings, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful for example through English and Drama, music and dance.
·         Developing a climate or ethos within which all pupils can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected e.g. Hart Plain Prefects; School Council; Celebration Assemblies; Hart Plain’s Playtime Buddies; Junior Road Safety Officers, Junior PCSO’s
·         Offering pupils the opportunity to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural environment e.g. visit to local National Park, Hart Plain garden, Class topics on our Environment
·         Accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals e.g. Weekly core value assemblies and awards, School Council, Hart Plain’s Prefects and Playtime buddies.
·       Promoting teaching styles that:
·       Value pupil questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns
·       Enable pupils to make connections between aspects of their learning
·       Encourage pupils to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference – for example asking ‘why’, ‘how’, and ‘where’ as well as ‘what’.
·       Participation in enrichment activities to promote aspiration e.g. Y6 visit to Portsmouth University, Y3/4 and 5/6 visit to languages festival.
 
MORAL DEVELOPMENT: refers to a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong.
·         Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school e.g. Behaviour Policy; Hart Plain’s Core Values; Anti Bullying Week, E-Safety week, Cyber bullying week
·          Promoting racial, religious and other forms of equality (Racial, Inclusion, Equal Opportunities, SEN policies)
·         Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum e.g. truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong (PSHE; RE; History; English; Assembly; Drama,; School Council; Litter Pickers, Community Police officer visits)
·         Developing an open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views and practise moral decision making (School Council; Drama; Participation in local initiatives such as Junior PCSO, Junior Road Safety and “Keep Safe”. Safeguarding policy & practice)
·         Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour(Celebration Assembly; class reward systems; house points; termly behaviour treats)
·         Modelling through the quality of relationships and interactions the principles we wish to promote e.g. fairness, integrity, respect forepersons, pupil welfare, respect for minority interests, resolution of conflict keeping promises and contracts. (Whole school charity events; Celebration Assemblies; Assembly themes)
·         Recognising and respecting different cultural groups represented in the school and the wider community.(Celebration of religious festivals in RE and newsletters, use of flag pole)
·         Encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions e.g. respect for property, care of the environment and code of behaviour (Behaviour Policy; Assembly themes)
·         Providing models of moral standards through the curriculum (Literacy; History; RE; PSHE; Assembly; Drama)
·         Reinforcing the school’s values by posters, displays etc. (Weekly core value winners, reading challenge poster)
 
SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: refers to a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society.
·         Fostering a sense of community with common, inclusive values(Assembly; Home-School Agreement; Friends events including Discos and trips to the pantomime; involvement with community arts projects; partnership with local churches, involvement with local Waterloo 200 community project, involvement in Hampshire drink driving campaign)
·         Promoting racial, religious and other forms of equality (Racial &Equal opportunities policies; )
·          Encouraging children to work co-operatively (PSHE, , Playtime Buddies, House system; mixed year group curriculum events, mixed sports teams)
·         Encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities e.g. where they live, different kinds of family models, age issues (RE; English, History, Geography and PSHE)
·         Promoting British Values (see separate Statement)
·         Providing positive corporate experiences e.g. special curriculum events, productions, school council, school sporting events, class Assemblies
·         Help pupils develop personal qualities which are valued in society, e.g. thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for differences, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence, self-respect
·         Help children relieve tensions between their own aspirations and those of the wider group (Pride, ELSA, parent support worker)
·         Provide opportunities to participate in the democratic process and participate in making community decisions (School Council; votes in class on a variety of issues; House captain votes)
·         Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility (Council leaders, Class monitors; Hart Plain Prefects; Playground buddies, Junior Road Safety officers )
·         Making members of the wider Waterlooville community welcome in our school and keeping them informed of developments (Website; newsletter; notice board; community board; involvement in community events e.g. Horizan Leisure Centre opening of new play centre, Waterlooville 200 project, Community art project, Football tournaments)
 
 CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT; refers to a pupils developing understanding of beliefs, values and customs in social, ethnic and national groups different to their own.
·         Providing children with opportunities to explore their own cultural assumptions and values
·         Celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures(Geography; RE; History; Literacy; Library; Assembly; Art; Dance; Music; celebrating festivals and drawing on diverse parent cultural backgrounds; International Week, Petersfield Art Festival)
·         Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents (Local Events with other schools, Hart plain Music)
·         Developing partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupil’s cultural awareness (e.g. drama, music and dance groups, links with local Museum, links with local churches)
·         Reinforcing the school’s cultural values through displays and photographs