Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development at Chandler’s Ford Infant School
Chandler’s Ford Infant School is a school which seeks to develop confident, independent, caring and enquiring individuals who are prepared for the future.
We believe in fostering life long learning through providing an environment that values mutual trust and respect, honesty and equality and seeks to develop everyone’s potential.
We will provide excellent learning opportunities for all and celebrate the successes of individuals and the whole community.
At Chandler’s Ford Infant School we believe spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) underpins everything we do.
Spiritual development is shown by:
Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s fascination and values.
Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible.
Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
At Chandler’s Ford Infant School we promote spiritual development though:
Daily assemblies and special assemblies for events such as Poppy Day, Advent and Chinese New Year
Class assemblies and Christmas plays
School trips and visitors which inspire awe and wonder
Music and art appreciation
Creating class books and displays
Celebrations such as Crown awards
Focus weeks such as Book week
Cycle of enquiry as part of the RE curriculum
Moral development is shown by:
- Ability to recognise the differences between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives.
- Understanding of the consequences of their actions.
- Interest in investigation, and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
At Chandler’s Ford Infant School we promote moral development though:
- Planned SEAL and PSHE programmes
- Discussing right and wrong
- Promoting making right choices
- RRR and class charters
- Team points and class rewards systems
- Circle time
- TED Reps (school council)
- Caring for others including animals
- Anti-bullying week
- Supporting charities
- Visits and visitors e.g. PCSO, Canine Partners
Social development is shown by:
- Using 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 social settings, co-operating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
- Interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.
At Chandler’s Ford Infant School we promote social development though:
Work on friendships
Sharing and turn taking
Anti bullying week
Friendship stop and playground pals
Caring for each other
Class reward systems
Supporting the local community e.g. singing at Brookdale, collecting stamps for Canine Partners
Parental support e.g. parent lunches
Sociable lunchtimes – eating and playing together
After school clubs
Home visits in Year R
Friends events e.g. Christmas fayre
Cultural development is shown by:
- Understanding 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.
- Interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
At Chandler’s Ford Infant School we promote cultural development though:
- Celebrating events e.g. Chinese New Year, Advent, Holi
- Sharing children’s own personal experiences
- Inviting parents to come and share their own experiences and family traditions
- Visits and visitors
- Music and dance e.g. drumming workshop, Commotion dance
- Sporting events
- Focus weeks e.g. fair trade, intercultural week
- Sponsoring Christine
- Sharing stories from other cultures
- Use of intercultural resources
- Celebrating other cultures and languages