Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC)
At Radcliffe on Trent Infant and Nursery School, the children and their learning are at the very heart of every decision made. We aim to develop learners who are passionate, take ownership of their learning and are proud of their achievements.
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 use our Jigsaw PSHE programme which has a golden thread of SMSC throughout it, to deliver a curriculum 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.
- an understanding of the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
We work with all of the children at Radcliffe on Trent Infant and Nursery School to develop their understanding of the four areas:
Our social development is how we learn to play together, to co-operate and work together in groups, in our classes, our year groups and in our whole school community. We foster the skills and qualities of team building through the development of self- confidence, co-operation, sensitivity to others, reliability, initiative and understanding. We also provide an environment where pupils can take responsibility for themselves and others in school and in the wider society (local, national, global).
Our moral development is how we learn to understand what is right and wrong. Our school Rainbow values and class charters help us with our rights and responsibilities. Everyone is expected to abide by our behaviour policy which is written for all members of the school community and which provides a framework for the creation of a happy, secure and orderly environment in which children can learn and develop as caring and responsible people.
Our spiritual development is having a sense of awe and wonder of our amazing world. We aim to develop children’s curiosity, imagination, creativity and aesthetic responses to life and learning. We foster common human values (e.g. love, tolerance, forgiveness) and build spiritual capacities (e.g. sensitivity and responsiveness, inner strength and resilience) to promote self-worth, self-esteem and a valuing of others. We also reflect on what we do and think about how we can improve.
Our cultural development is finding out about and celebrating how other people live their lives now and in the past. We value the cultural diversity within our school and in the wider community by promoting an appreciation of our own cultural traditions and encouraging an appreciation of other people’s cultural traditions.