British Values / SMSC
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils at Delta Academies, including British Values.
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies. Our Academies’ approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.
Examples of how fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, have been actively promoted at Park View Primary include:
Whole School Ethos
Vision and Values statement: ‘We are proud of ourselves and our school’. Our vision, values and ethos are supported through a ‘Thought for the week’ which is shared with the whole school community. This is communicated in a whole school assembly and revisited in class and in Key Stage assemblies.
Our whole school curriculum has been designed to meet the diversity of our pupils actively celebrated life in modern Britain through themes such as ‘Who put the Great in Great Britain’ as well as celebrating pupils’ own cultural heritage for example through ‘Who Do We Think We Are’.
Pupils are given opportunities in Class Council and School Council to share their ideas. Pupils are regularly involved in discussions with staff and EAB members in pupil voice discussions. Class Twitter accounts and the school Blogs provide the children with opportunities to share their opinions on their learning and events both in school and beyond.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Programmes
PSHE is taught though Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) , this is followed up on in class though Circle Time and assemblies. In addition, we believe that PHSE is vital for our children if we are to stimulate learning on public health issues and to give them the knowledge and understanding they need around issues such as E-Safety, Drugs Awareness and Sex and Relationships Education so they are able to make informed choices that will keep themselves, and others, healthy and safe.
Circle times and PSHE lessons are taught throughout the school with a focus on Citizenship. Pupils participate in Harvest Festival each year and many community events such as the Beeston Festival and ‘Love Beeston, Clean Beeston’.
Religious Education (RE)
In addition to ensuring our curriculum is reflective of the diversity of our pupils we also celebrate special days and visit special places. In RE lessons, pupils can then explore the meaning of these days and places.
Healthy schools initiatives
Creating a health and well-being environment for our pupils is most important. We aim to do this by a variety of methods, healthy eating for example through opportunities to learn about food, (e.g. Nutritional value) by creating their own menus. We provide opportunities to learn new sports and understand the value of exercise and the impact on long term health, through a variety of after school clubs; and most importantly providing space and creating an environment where pupils can feel comfortable to talk about any issues worrying them.
Discussion within curriculum subjects
Facilitating and providing the opportunity to debate in front of others, provides pupils with greater self-esteem and confidence, and encourages pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in a safe space.
Children participate in a range of sporting events and competitions throughout the year. Linked to creating a health and well-being atmosphere, making healthy living a fun thing through setting up sports days and after school clubs.
Every year, our Year 6 visit London which includes a visit to the Houses of Parliament to learn about democratic society and our role in this as British citizens. There are lots of other opportunities to learn about British heritage and culture for example: trips to the seaside, Robinwood and local areas of interest.
We support the spiritual development of our pupils to enable them to develop 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;
- sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them;
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning; and
- willingness to reflect on their experiences.
We support the moral development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and to apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England;
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions; and
- interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
We support the social development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:
- use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils 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;
We support the cultural development of our pupils to enable them to develop their :
- understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that 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, sporting and cultural opportunities;
- interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity,
- tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Through the range of activities offered we aim to enable our pupils to develop their:
- self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
- their acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour;
- their understanding of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in with the Academy is situated and to society more widely;
- respect for their own and other cultures;
- respect for other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010; and
- respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.
These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our pupils to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.