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At Bare Trees primary school we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally (SMSC) plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:

 

  • their own values and beliefs and the values and beliefs of others;
  • spiritual awareness;
  • high standards of personal behaviour;
  • a positive, caring attitude towards other people;
  • an understanding of the social and cultural traditions of the society in which they live;
  • an understanding of their own place within society and an awareness of the contribution they can and should make as citizens;
  • an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

 

 

At Bare Trees we provide learning opportunities to promote all four main areas of SMSC.

 

Spiritual Development

 

We believe that spiritual development allows children to discuss and explore their feelings, emotions, faith and compassion.

 

Opportunities to promote spiritual development are provided through:

 

  • teaching and learning in RE lessons;
  • teaching and learning in PSHE lessons;
  • class and school assemblies;
  • promotion of the British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths;
  • Thinking time;
  • celebration of individual personal life events;
  • our Eco Council;
  • our School Council.

 

 

These opportunities enable pupils to:

 

  • sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience;
  • foster their emotional life and express their feelings;
  • discuss their beliefs, feelings and values;
  • develop their capacity for critical and independent thought;
  • experience moments of thinking time and reflection;
  • share experiences that begin to provide the meaning and purpose of life;
  • engage in open-ended enquiry and contemplation.

 

Moral Development

 

We believe that moral development opportunities allow pupils to explore the consequences of their actions. It encourages pupils to know and consider the views of others, even when this differs from their own.

 

Opportunities to promote moral development are provided through:

 

  • Good Work and Celebration assemblies;
  • teaching and learning in RE lessons;
  • teaching and learning in PSHE lessons;
  • circle time;
  • promotion of the British Value of Democracy through classroom debates;
  • themed weeks, such as ‘Friendship Week’
  • charity events
  • high expectations from staff and pupils;
  • following school rules;
  • our reward system;
  • visits from outside agencies, such as the Police.

 

These opportunities enable pupils to:

 

  • recognize the unique value of each individual;
  • listen and respond appropriately to the views of others;
  • understand that morally we should look after others;
  • recognize the difference between right and wrong;
  • understand the consequences of their actions;
  • gain confidence to learn from setbacks and mistakes;

 

Social Development

 

We believe that social development allows pupils to form, express and justify their personal opinions.

 

Opportunities to promote social development are provided through:

 

  • promotion of the British Value Individual Liberty through the option of extra-curricular clubs;
  • talk partners;
  • Eco Council;
  • School Council;
  • playground Buddy Benches;
  • teaching and learning in PSHE lessons and circle time;
  • the Oldham schools Linking Project;
  • our link with Maestro Juan Alcaide through the Spanish curriculum;
  • themed days, raising money for charity and visitors into school;
  • trips around our local area.

 

These opportunities enable pupils to:

 

  • develop an understanding of their individual and group identity;
  • acquire the ability to collaborate and negotiate;
  • form and maintain positive friendships and relationships;
  • use a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • have an interest and understanding about the wider community.

 

Cultural Development

 

We believe cultural development includes providing opportunities for pupils to explore diversity. This is through ethnic and social groups and different types of families. It also means exploring differences in culture, including faith, dress, food, sports and music.

Opportunities to promote cultural development are provided through:

 

  • teaching and learning in RE lessons;
  • teaching and learning in PSHE lessons;
  • themed days;
  • educational visits and visitors;
  • extra-curricular activities;
  • the celebration of festivals;
  • the promotion of the British Value of Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different beliefs and faiths;
  • our link with Maestro Juan Alcaide through the Spanish curriculum;

 

 

These opportunities enable pupils to:

 

  • recognize the value and richness of cultural diversity, and how these influence individuals and society;
  • develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment;
  • develop an appreciation for multi-cultural celebrations;
  • have the opportunity to participate in, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities;
  • have an understanding and respect for cultural diversity.
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