Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Development at St. James' School
The aims of SMSC
Meeting the requirements for collective worship, establishing a strong school ethos supported by effective relationships throughout the school, and providing relevant activities beyond the classroom are all ways of ensuring our pupils’ SMSC development. Pupils are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance. It is expected that pupils should understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law. Our school’s ethos and teaching supports the rule of English civil and criminal law and nothing should be taught to undermine it. Pupils should be made aware of the difference between the law of the land and religious law.
The provision of SMSC
We aim to provide our children with opportunities to develop:
Thinking about myself:
- Awareness of feelings; the ability to reflect and express.
- Awareness of our uniqueness; happiness with who we are.
- Gratitude for the things we have and the person we are.
- Exploration of personal faith.
- Development of imagination and creativity.
Thinking about others:
- Empathy and understanding; respect and tolerance.
- To love and be loved (loving your neighbour).
- Making a difference; sense of duty.
Thinking beyond the things that we can see:
- Encountering/experiencing God; having a sense of what lies beyond the material/physical.
- Ability to formulate and discuss the ‘Big Questions’.
- Opportunities for prayer, connecting with God.
- Making sense of the world.
Thinking about the beauty of our world:
- Developing a sense of awe and wonder.
- Enjoying the miracles of everyday life.
- Taking time for what really matters.
- Appreciating the beauty in art, music, nature.
- Recognise the difference between right and wrong, applying this to their own lives, understanding the consequences of their own behaviours and actions and respecting both the civil and criminal law of England.
- Recognise the unique value of each individual.
- Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others.
- Gain the confidence and resilience to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes.
- Show respect for the environment.
- An interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
- Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.
- Learn about service in the school and wider community including by volunteering, co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
- Begin to understand the need for social justice and a concern for the disadvantaged.
- 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; our pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
- Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influence individuals and society.
- Understand and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage.
- Willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities.
Development in SMSC will take place across all curriculum areas with particular strong links to RE, collective worship, PSHE, P4C.
The above applies to all staff, pupils, parents/carers, governors, volunteers and any other partner agencies working within or at St James’ Primary School. It is applied within any provision to the pupils whether within the school curriculum, on external visits or extra-curricular clubs.