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Plaistow Primary School

SMSC

At Plaistow we want our children to experience joy on their own unique learning journey in order for them to become creative, aspirational lifelong learners. Our three curriculum drivers underpin all we do:

  • joy
  • creativity
  • aspiration

At Plaistow Primary School, we live and breathe our school values. They act as the drivers that underpin our curriculum. We aim to enrich the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils through our broad and balanced curriculum. This includes learning and experiences both in and outside the classroom itself.

British Values and SMSC Policy- Plaistow Primary School

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development at Plaistow

  • Spiritual Development

How it will be developed:

Evidence of impact:

  • A broad and balanced curriculum which includes the Newham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
  • Our thematic curriculum inspires children to imagine, connect, wonder, question and create.
  • Educational visits to different places of worship.
  • Visits by members of different religious groups within our community.
  • Time during the school day for children to reflect on their learning.
  • Whole school assembly themes provide opportunities for children to reflect on their own lives and beliefs.
  • Assemblies which address themes that are common to all world religions as well as reflection time at the end of assemblies.
  • Several different religious celebrations and festivals observed and discussed.
  • Mind Up sessions for children to take time reflecting on their state of mind

Children:

  • understand, celebrate and respect the religion, belief systems, values and feelings of others.
  • possess a willingness to reflect on their experiences.
  • have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.
  • use their imagination and creativity in learning.
  • Moral Development

How it will be developed:

Evidence of impact:

  • The Plaistow Primary School Behaviour Policy promotes a sense of belonging whilst developing self-esteem, respect for others and self-discipline.
  • Exploring the impact of behaviour choices with children, modelling the language of consequences, rights and responsibilities.
  • Whole school weekly themes which address moral and ethical issues in the local and global community.
  • A broad and balanced curriculum which includes themes which cause children to explore and question world events.
  • Class Contracts linked to our Plaistow values created with children set out behaviour expectations in the classroom.
  • Mind Up sessions where children reflect on their actions and the impact on others.

Children:

  • recognise right and wrong and can apply this understanding in their own lives.
  • understand the consequences of their actions.
  • have an interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues.
  • Social Development

How it will be developed:

Evidence of impact:

  • Partnership work with other schools in our local area. This includes sporting, artistic and musical events.
  • Daily opportunities for children to work in partner and group contexts.
  • Exploring different societies and communities through our thematic and cross-curricular learning experiences.
  • Educational trips and visits (including School Journey) give children an opportunity to meet pupils from other schools around London.
  • PSHE Phase Assembly themes teach children strategies for cooperation, participation and resolving conflict.
  • Opportunities for children to give back to our local and global community.
  • PE sessions where pupils participate in group sporting events and competitions with each other

Children:

  • use a range of social skills in different contexts. They can work and socialise with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • possess a willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflict effectively.
  • exhibit an interest in and an understanding of how communities and societies function at a variety of levels.
  • Cultural Development

How it will be developed:

Evidence of impact:

  • Assemblies and specific learning opportunities that explore our cultural heritage.
  • A broad and balanced curriculum which celebrates many cultural traditions from around the world.
  • Children have opportunities to participate in a wide range of artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical and cultural events and experiences.
  • Trips and visits to a wide range of places with cultural importance.

Children:

  • understand and appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage.
  • are willing to participate in and respond to artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical technological, scientific and cultural opportunities.
  • explore, understand, respect and celebrate diversity in religion, ethnicity, and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global community.

 

Religious and Cultural Festivals/ Celebrations Observed at Plaistow:

  • Remembrance Day
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Hanukkah
  • Chinese New Year
  • Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
  • St. George’s Day
  • Guru Nanak’s Birthday
  • Guy Fawkes Day
  • Diwali
  • Thanksgiving
  • Black History Month
  • Christmas
  • Easter
  • Ramadan Eid al-Fitr