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How is Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education taught at Gorringe?

 

Spiritual

  • Connections with Church and other religious / community leaders to promote understanding of others spiritual values.
  • Reflection areas in classrooms for personal reflection and growth.
  • PSHE programme for all years to develop understanding and tolerance of others.
  • A creative curriculum which includes local, national and global issues to promote awe and wonder.
  • Educational visits to places of interest such as: libraries; museums; galleries; theatres; places of worship to promote a sense of awe and wonder about the world.
  • Self-assessment/peer assessment to development children’s ownership of their learning.
  • A SACRE approved Religious study programme which develops self-esteem and knowledge and an ability to reflect on and develop individuals’ own spiritual values;
  • An assembly programme to address the spiritual aspect of quiet and reflection – in particular using past and present role models from the world and encouraging community participation;
  • Educational enrichment trips, creative partnerships and visiting speakers provide students with a range of experiences, which may promote a sense of awe and wonder about the world.
  • A reflective approach to learning through formative assessment techniques – students having ownership and understanding of where they are, where they need to get to and how they are to do it;
  • Displays of student work bring a sense of pride in the work students produce and therefore a sense of expressing the talents of the individual.

 

Moral

  • Clear and effective behavioural policy to develop children’s understanding of fairness and equality.
  • A rewards system developing student self-esteem through certificates, postcards home, merit stamps and awards at all levels;
  • Sanctions/ consequences for actions to develop children’s understanding of justice and restitution.
  • Charity fundraising to promote understanding an empathy for others.
  • Literacy genres (e.g persuasion, debate) which give pupils the opportunity to express opinions, challenge stereo types and develop moral understanding.
  • House Captains /school council elections to develop knowledge and understanding of democracy.
  • School council involvement in whole school decisions to foster a sense of pride.
  • A creative curriculum which includes environmental topics to develop understanding about local, national and global issues.
  • Clear models of good behaviour from staff and visitors to reinforce school and classroom rules both inside and outside of lessons
  • PSHE programme for all years to develop understanding and tolerance of others.
  • Assembly themes on moral issues, developed and reinforced during PHSE/circle time.
  • Fund raising activities for nominated charities, in addition to national charity events which give rise to discussion around morality.
  • Supervised and filtered access to the Internet together with regular assemblies focused on esafety and related issues.
  • Local, national and global incidents used in assemblies to give an opportunity for teaching about morality and behaviour.

 

Social

  • Special assemblies, leaver’s assemblies, school disco, summer fair, open evenings to develop social interaction and tolerance.
  • Regular trips in each year group to develop academic and social skills.
  • Residential trips to further develop social interaction skills across communities.
  • Sport teams/competitions to develop determination, perseverance and sports person conduct.
  • Visitors to school to develop speaking and listening skills across a range of different people in the community and further afield.
  • After school clubs including outside providers to develop access to a range of activities that otherwise children may not have access to.
  • The use of students in teams across the school: Student council; Sports teams and House teams.
  • Elected school council representative to feedback views, ideas and concerns to their class groups
  • Across the curriculum, development of skills in speaking, listening and key reflective work where students have the ability to learn both with teacher interaction and support, but increasingly with more independent study.
  • PSHE programme for all years to develop understanding and tolerance of others.

 

Cultural

  • Class assemblies and performances which encompass a range of topics historical and current, from around the world.
  • Visitors to school to develop speaking and listening skills across a range of different people in the community and further afield.
  • Collective worship to address the spiritual aspect of quiet and reflection.
  • Educational visits to other educational establishments / events in order to enable pupils to aim higher.
  • Educational visits to places of interest such as: libraries; museums; galleries; theatres; places of worship to experience other cultures and ways of life.
  • PSHE programme for all years.
  • MFL taught throughout the school to promote understanding of other cultures.
  • Collective worship and assemblies – a themed approach that give rise to many opportunities to explore SMSC and cultural diversity. Other events are also celebrated with drama, art, dance and presentations along with specific services such as Remembrance, annual carol services and celebrations of Easter and other religious festivals: Divali, Hannukah.
  • Topic work across the school which explores “culture” in all its various forms in relation to specific subject areas.
  • Access to the Internet in order to explore cultures and activities as extension learning
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