What is SMSC?
It is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of a child, aimed at creating a well rounded individual who understands themselves and recognises and respects differences in others around them.
At Whitefield we provide opportunities for pupils to develop their personal beliefs within a wide range of religions and beliefs systems. We do this by providing time for personal reflection and open discussions. We discuss the children's own beliefs and feelings in relation to other beliefs and world religions, looking at both similarities and differences and so giving the children more understanding leading to respect for others. This is closely linked to RE.
At Whitefield we aim to develop a sense of enjoyment, self-worth and 'awe and wonder' in their learning within this subject and many others through the variety of teaching methods and hands on experiences.
At Whitefield through circle time activities we provide opportunities for pupils to discuss moral choices and dilemmas which may occur in their daily lives. We start the year off by creating a set of class rules and explore why there is a need for rules in school and link this to why we have laws in this country and what some of them are. We hope by doing this that the children obtain respect for others and their property.
We also have discussions about bullying, what it is, how it can affect others and what they can do to stop it, creating anti-bullying strategies and awareness of it's effects. We are happy to say that we have very few incidents of bullying and when they do occur they are dealt with quickly and effectively.
At Whitefield we aim to provide opportunities for our pupils to work and socialise with pupils from other schools by creating links where our children can go and visit their school and take part in a variety of activities from art to PE and they come to our school giving our children the chance to be hosts for the day.
We have in the past taken part in local projects, fund raising events and hope to do so in the future linking learning with both local and wider afield social issues making the children aware of their place in our world and what part they can play.
At Whitefield we look at some of the many different cultures that exist and give the pupils opportunities to take part in activities related to both their own culture and those around the world. We hope to develop their understanding through celebrations, music, art, etc and create respect for cultural diversity.
At Whitefield we aim to enable each child to develop confidence, self-motivation and an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within our society. We encourage all our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class and school councils, fundraising events and supporting nominated charities.
We link SMSC and PSED with British Values throughout the school. Each half term the whole school looks at two different values and we aim to increase the children's knowledge of these values by different activities, assemblies and everyday behaviour towards others and through their own personal development.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development is one of the prime areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is an integral part of everyday life in our Nursery and Reception classes. Children take part in activities to develop their self-confidence and relationships and also learn to manage their own feelings and behaviour. Children learn that their opinions and ideas matter and they are involved in decision making processes such as voting for a story they would like or by thinking about how they could solve a problem.
We teach S.M.S.C in a variety of ways: as a discrete subject, via assemblies and through our curriculum. We have found that SMSC occurs within many subjects - science, PE, Food technology, RE whilst the skills of co-operation, team work, thinking about others, taking responsibility are ongoing throughout each and every subject alongside and go hand in hand with good manners.
Throughout the school.
We make use of educational visits providing wherever possible real life contexts which are relevant to the children and make use of actual situations and current issues for example visits to our local church and mosque, raising monies for charities both near and far and exchange workshops with another school.