Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at William Reynolds Primary School
At William Reynolds Primary we aim to develop children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural being so that they “become positive, confident, reflective children who
• have a sound knowledge of their own value and purpose in the world
• can make decisions for themselves with the understanding of what is right and wrong
• are able to think creatively and independently in order to see the future. Above all, we aim to develop positive, confident, reflective children who…
• are proud to belong to our community”
(extract from vision statement)
We explore with children their own values and beliefs which inform their perspective on life and respect for other people and their faiths and feelings. We teach children about themselves, and the world around them in order to inspire and develop a fascination for learning. Developing imagination through stories and experiences is at the heart of our curriculum and we encourage a willingness to reflect on their own experiences.
We model and provide opportunities for children to know the difference between right and wrong in order for them to apply this understanding in their own lives. We develop their understanding of consequences of their actions through consistent ways of working across the school. The global themes give children the opportunities to investigate and offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues in order to understand the viewpoints of others.
We work with children to develop a range of social skills through working and socialising with and alongside others from a variety of different backgrounds. Opportunities are planned to support children in learning to cooperate well with others and resolve conflicts effectively. The curriculum maps are developed so that children learn about the way their own community as well as wider society and other communities function. So that children develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
We explore and develop an appreciation of cultural influences that have shaped the children’s own heritage through literacy, history and geography. We work with children to develop an understanding and respect for the growing range of different cultures within school and further afield. We encourage children to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities both within school, within the community and national events. The School Council and children’s voice offers children an understanding of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.