Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural Development

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development at Thorogate School

Spiritual: This includes:

  1. Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  2. Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible.
  3. Use of imagination and creativity in their learning.
  4. Willingness to reflect on their experiences.

Examples of what we do include:

Circle Time in class, Godly Play in Year 3 & 4, visits to places of worship within the curriculum and celebrating traditional Christian and non-Christian events, First News to highlight and stimulate discussions about world events.

Involvement of the community in learning events such as Remembrance, Godly Play in Y3 & 4, RE curriculum, science curriculum, ‘show and tell’ across school.

Pupils regularly have choices about how to present their work, PBL, project homework, school council, Reading Club, play based activities.

Circle time, talk partners, critique, show & tell

Moral - this includes:

  1. Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England.
  2. Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions.
  3. Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

Examples of what we do include:

Circle Time, Behaviour Policy, Classroom rules, Golden Time, School Council, assemblies, UN Charter on the Rights of a Child, play-leaders, ‘restorative justice’.

Social - this includes:

  1. Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  2. Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
  3. Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

Examples of what we do:

School trips, circle time, parents invited to talk in class, respecting religious thought & places, respecting people less fortunate than ourselves, the curriculum, Crucial Crew, charity work.

Cultural - this includes:

  1. Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others.
  2. Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.
  3. Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
  4. Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities.
  5. Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Examples of what we do:

Assemblies, visits to religious places, visits by religious leaders, visits to museums, Crucial Crew, use of First News.