SMSC at Chapelford Village Primary School

SMSC stands for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development.

At Chapelford Village Primary School, our core values and ethos is to learn, achieve and respect.  To pursue this, we ensure we ‘consistently aim to invest in one another’s personal and academic growth and development within a caring and nurturing environment where our core values of learn, achieve and respect are central to all that we do.

In our school, we aim to establish a climate within which all pupils and adults can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected; accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of all individuals.

We believe that children taught to be spiritually, morally, culturally and socially aware will make the best citizens.

Social Development at Chapelford Village Primary School

Chapelford Village Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC and this is embedded in all subjects across the curriculum. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. Social Development refers to a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society and become informed citizens of the future.

This is supported by:

  • Fostering a sense of community with common, inclusive values. For example: Attendance, Class and British Value assemblies, Home-School Agreements, Parents Evening, English, Maths and Computing workshops for parents, SAT’s support for parents and whole school events including Christmas performances, Grandparents Afternoon, Mother’s and Father’s Day afternoons and work related learning.
  • Promoting all forms of equality relating to gender, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability and SEND. As a school we promote this through our developing character education.

We explore a diverse range of artists which inspire our work during art. Below is the work of a blind artist called Lisa Fittpaldi. Year 4 were amazed by how she uses the texture of paint to create her masterpieces.

  • Encouraging children to work co-operatively, including when there is tension between their own aspirations and the wider group. For example: in PSHCE, School Council, Ambassador Awards, whole class rewards for attendance, after school clubs and positive behaviour on the playgrounds.
  • Encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities about where they live and different kinds of families. For example in: assemblies, equality displays, PSHCE, Stonewall resources shared in PSHCE and RE.
  • Providing positive corporate experiences- For example: Executive School Council through the Omega Multi Academy Trust, Prince William Award, WOW opportunities and trips/residential visits linked to the curriculum, house points, Harvest Assembly, Class assemblies, Music opportunities and choir, Class Assemblies and visits from authors, poets and artists.

In year six, our children develop their social skills through the Prince William Award. This award focuses on 5 key themes: personal development, relationships, working together, community and environment. 

  • Helping pupils develop personal qualities which are valued in society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for differences, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence, self-respect through our values curriculum.
  • Providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process and participate in making community decisions and providing children with the opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility; for example: Ambassador Lunches, Headteachers Tea Party, membership to the School Council feeding individuals’ suggestions to the school council and votes in class on any issues and concerns. A range of other areas of responsibility including: Early Years Buddies, School News Reporters, and House Captains.

Our pupils are given the opportunity to exercise responsibility by participating in the school news team where they act as journalists to find exciting stories about what we have been learning each week to share in a weekly newsletter.

Our Year 6 pupils are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills when working with their EYFS buddies. Each child is assigned a buddy giving them a sense of responsibility. Our children have planned and delivered activities, supported them during lunch times and shared learning with the EYFS children.

 

  • Welcoming members of the wider community into our school and keeping them informed of developments through the website, newsletters, Parent/Carer notice board community board, involvement in community events such as choir performances and sports competitions.

Below are a range of activities across our school that support social development:

Choir performing in the community

Grandparent’s Afternoon

Mother’s and Father’s Day Afternoon

Learning Related to Multi Cultural

Christmas Performances

Harvest Celebrations

Wide range of educational visits

Wide range of residential visits

Sporting competitions

Early Years Buddies (Year 6)

Collaborative science working

Our residential at Robin Wood was based on key principles of communication, team work, leadership and challenge. These skills were taught explicitly and the children developed their social skills when working in teams during a range of exciting activities. 

Our trip to London was supported by fundraising from our Year 6 pupils who worked collaboratively to reduce the cost so that the trip could take place. We travelled by train, visited the Tower of London, took a ferry up the Thames, visiting the Houses of Parliament and saw Buckingham Palace. 

On our trip to London, the Year 6 children visited the Houses of Parliament where they met our local MP. 

Our Year 6 role models support our younger pupils with their social skills by working with them regularly.

Day trip to Tatton park ‘A day in the life of an evacuee’ to support their Learning Challenge topic on WW2.

Day trip to Manchester Science and Industry Museum to support our Forces topic.

Moral Development at Chapelford Village Primary School 

Chapelford Village Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC and this is embedded in all subjects across the curriculum. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

Moral development is largely about making choices regarding behaviour and how you choose to live your life. It’s also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Moral Development refers to a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong.

This is developed by:

  • Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school; for example, Positive Behaviour Policy, Chapelford Village Primary School My Rights Charter, Code of Conduct, class rules, Anti Bullying Week, E-Safety week.
  • Promoting equality relating to gender, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, SEND through the practice and procedures set out in the school’s Equal Opportunities policy and SEND policies.
  • Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, truth, justice, equality of opportunities, right and wrong; for example, as explored in PSHCE, RE, History, Literacy, Assembly, Drama, School Council, work with Community Police officer and other external agencies.
  • Developing an open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views and practise moral decision making; for example, in PSHCE Circle time sessions, School Council, Listening Space - individual staff/child mentoring weekly mentoring, Drama, Safeguarding policy and practice.
  • Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour; for example, Celebration Assemblies, House Points, Dojo’s Head Teacher Awards, Ambassador Awards, Head Boy and Head Girl Awards.
  • Modelling, through the quality of relationships and interactions, the principles we wish to promote; for example, fairness, integrity, respect for persons, pupil welfare, respect for minority interests, resolution of conflict keeping promises and contracts explored and developed in whole school charity events, British Values assemblies and in PSHCE sessions, Celebration Assemblies and providing children with the responsibility of classroom jobs and whole school roles and responsibilities.
  • Recognising and respecting different cultural groups represented in the school and the wider community; for example, celebration of religious festivals in sessions and assemblies, newsletters and whole school displays celebrating our school community’s cultural diversity.
  • Encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions in terms of respect for people, property and the community; for example, assemblies, Positive Behaviour Policy; Code of conduct, My Rights Charter, work with the PCSOs and other outside agencies.
  • Providing models of moral standards through the curriculum in Literacy, History, RE, PSHCE, Assembly and Drama.
  • Reinforcing the school’s values through the use of class and whole school displays showcasing the children’s work about this

 

Below are pictures of a selection of activities within our school that address our children’s Spiritual development

Forest Schools

Ambassador Roles and Responsibilities

Prince William Award

School Choir Performances

Educational Visits – London

Educational Residentials – Robinwood

Art Workshops – Rivers of the World

PAN Exhibition and Performance

OMEGA MAT Performances

Our School Prayer

Celebration of religious and cultural festivals

The school choir participate in regular events within the local community.  These have included Christmas performances in the town centre, concerts at a local care home and community summer fayres.

Throughout each Prince William Award session, pupils are given the opportunity to understand their emotions and feelings, the way they impact on themselves and how an understanding of their feelings, strengths and challenges can be helpful.

Our residential at Robin Wood was based on key principles of communication, team work, leadership and challenge. These skills were taught explicitly and the children developed their social skills when working in teams during a range of exciting activities. 

In art, we offer our pupils an opportunity to appreciate the world around them and celebrate their creative and emotional expression through exhibitions.

Chapelford Primary School, we recognise the importance of celebrating a range of religious and cultural festivals, to celebrate equality and diversity.

Cultural Development at Chapelford Village Primary School

Chapelford Village Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing a range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel, concerts). Understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others. Cultural development refers to pupils developing their understanding of beliefs, values and customs in social, ethnic and national groups different to their own.

This is supported by:

  • Providing children with opportunities to explore their own cultural assumptions and values.
  • Celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures; for example, in Geography, RE, History, Literacy, Assemblies, Art, Dance, Music, celebrating festivals and promoting cultural diversity within the school.
  • Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents through Local Events with other schools, Specialist workshops, Sports Competitions and inviting specialist experts to work with our children.
  • Developing partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness; for example, in Drama, music and dance groups.
  • Reinforcing the school’s celebration of cultural values through child-centred displays and photographs.
  • Using ICT and the world-wide web to extend partnerships with those from other cultural backgrounds in the wider community.

Below are pictures of a selection of activities within our school that address our children’s Cultural development:

History Workshops

History and Cultural Visits – Chester

Choir Performances

Harvest Celebrations

Multicultural Festival Celebrations

Specialist music lessons

Community Fundraising Events

Year 6 visited the Houses of Parliament and met our local MP. We learnt about our British value of democracy and about our cultural history in this famous landmark.

At Chapelford, we are about the embark on an exciting learning journey which will allow us to learn about our global impact and other cultures through a geography and art experience. We will be connecting classrooms with a school in Ethiopia and learning about their culture. We are excited to begin our two year art project with the British Arts Council with our Rivers of The World project. During this, we will be learning about our Global Goals which have been agreed upon by world leaders to create a better future.

Colours for Peace Day

Our gifted and talented artists are very excited to be starting a project with a visiting artist who will  help them to create sculptures representing peace which will be meaningful to wider community and exhibited in Warrington.

Learning French in KS2

Children have the opportunity to explore the French language and culture through their MFL learning. Children develop their vocabulary and conversational skills but also begin to appreciate there is world beyond their locality which includes different traditions and communities.

European Languages Day

Children are provided with the opportunity to become fully immersed into French culture and traditions on European Day of languages.  We spend the day exploring French songs, food, games, art and geography.  The work we undertake on this day is shared in a celebration assembly.

To celebrate Harvest in Chapelford, each year group participated in a ‘Harvest Loaf Bake Off’, looking at the importance of the Harvest loaf, what it means to Christians and the importance of food for those in need