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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

At Crown Meadow First School & Nursery, we recognise that a child’s personal development plays an important role in their ability to learn and achieve. As such, we aim to provide opportunities that enable children to explore and develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC).

We consciously facilitate opportunities in these four areas in the following ways:

Social Development

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

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.

We promote this at Crown Meadow through:

  1. Fostering a sense of community through involvement in community art projects, sports events, partnerships with local churches and supporting local charities and events and visits from role models from the community.
  2. Encouraging children to work co-operatively; for example, paired reading, Play Leaders, Sports Crew, house systems, Eco club and School Council.
  3. Providing positive cooperative experiences; for example, sporting events, Christmas and Summer performances, Choir performances, team games on the playground and a range of club events.
  4. Providing children with role models from their community; for example, visits from firemen, police officers, seeing eye dog trainers and older pupils both current and pupils who have moved on.
  5. Helping pupils to develop personal qualities which are valued in society; for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence and self-respect.
  6. Encouraging children to challenge, when necessary and in appropriate ways, the values of a group or a wider community through public speaking training and assemblies which introduce children to positive role models.
  7. Helping children to resolve tensions between their own aspirations and those of a group or wider society; through adult support, Year 4 residential, PSHE and circle time discussions and assemblies.

Moral Development

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

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.

We promote this at Crown Meadow through:

  1. An opportunity for pupils to explore and understand human emotions and the way they impact on people through Literacy, Drama, Music and Dance.
  2. Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which has been shaped by the children and is promoted consistently though all aspects of school; for example, Behaviour Policy, Zone Board, Class and School rules, E-Safety learning and Anti-bullying learning.
  3. Giving pupils opportunities to explore personal rights and responsibilities and to develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, during RE, History, Literacy, Drama. Also, through extra-curricular activities, such as School Council, Eco club, Junior Leadership Team, the Year 4 residential.
  4. Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour through our school behaviour policy and reward system.
  5. Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their actions; for example, respect for property, care for the environment and developing their own codes of behaviour.
  6. Providing children with models of virtue, through literature, history, science, art during learning in class, assemblies and through acts of worship.
  7. Reinforcing our school’s values through images, posters, classroom displays and exhibitions.

Spiritual Development

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
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.