SMSC at KFJS
The Spirital, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our pupils is vital. In each section below, we explain what each area means, and how our pupils benefit in that area through our school provision.
The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:
- 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
- Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Where is this in Kings Furlong Junior School?
- RE lessons – the children explore concepts, contextualise the concept through religious beliefs and evaluate, reflect what they have learnt. What would a Christian, Hindu or Muslim feel about that concept? The children are given opportunities to explore religious beliefs and understand how this impacts people’s daily lives.
- Religious visitors, assemblies and visits to religious buildings. The children are taught to ask questions – why do they do that? What do I do that is similar? What if they weren’t allowed to do that?
- The reward system within the school develops a climate within which all pupils can flourish and achieve. This is recognised by all in class through merits for good work and good behaviour, smiley/mopey charts, work sent to SLT and within the whole school in celebration assemblies. A sense of achievement is encouraged.
- The ethos of the school is based on our Learning Behaviours. The children are taught to reflect on their daily learning by indicating at the end of pieces of work, how they feel they have coped with the new learning and any concerns they may have. The children, whatever their ability, are taught resilience to become risk takers through praise and reward. AFL at the beginning of lessons helps the children to see their achievements.
- Project based learning is developing creativity and teamwork in which the children enjoy sharing their end of project outcomes with family and the rest of the school.
- The school has Diploma Days where the children can choose new skills to learn.
- Art, DT, PE, Music and English, to name but a few, is taught so the children can explore and appreciate the wonders of our world and ask questions of themselves and others. The children reflect on their own lives and others’ through drama activities, artwork, and design products. Music concerts and plays are performed to audiences. Sports events are attended so children can develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
- Circle time enables the children to develop their understanding of themselves and explore new thinking, e.g why…? Awe and wonder. Each child is given the chance to comment therefore, developing their sense of self-worth.
The moral development of pupils is shown by their:
- 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
- Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- 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.
Where is this in Kings Furlong Junior School?
- Within the school there is a clear behaviour policy and system. The children are fully aware of the expectations on them and the consequences if they fail to comply.
- The ethos of the school is based on our Learning Behaviours which promotes a clear moral code.
- School council and class council gives the children the opportunity to discuss any issues that are occurring within the school that the children may feel is unfair.
- Within project work the children explore lifestyles and the responsibilities within history and in other places in the world. Children are encouraged to respect the views of other cultures but also question, why? This enables the children to think through the consequences of their actions.
- In assemblies members of the police force have discussed morals with the children.
- Fairness of playtime behaviour is discussed and acted upon within class assemblies – especially football days!
- E-safety is taught termly so children can make the right decisions when online.
The social development of pupils is shown by their:
- Use 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 communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of the 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 and contribute positively to life in modern Britain
Where is this in Kings furlong Junior School?
- Our classes are mixed ability, sex and race. The children work together will each other in a safe, respecting environment as they follow the Learning Behaviours of the school.
- The children elect a school council, of all abilities, sexes and races that brings about change within the school.
- Within the classroom the children volunteer for class jobs and responsibilities.
- Within the school children can volunteer for duties e.g. library. Also Year 6 children carry out duties for playtime and lunchtime.
- Circles of friends are set up for children who are struggling to develop friendships
- The school offers a wide variety of after school clubs where the children can socialise and learn with all year groups.
- Colour teams, based on the reward system, fosters team work. The children elect colour captains from Year 6 to represent them. There are team meetings when the children discuss progress of merits.
- The school has an active group of Young Interpreters which is represented by every class. The children meet weekly to discuss how they can support EAL children.
- Tolerance and acceptance of others is a key concept that is discussed in RE, Circle time and other lessons.
- During school trips children are taught to respect others within the community.
- The British values of democracy are promoted through the use of elections for roles, learning behaviours of respect and responsibility, and tolerance of those with different faiths.
- A successful, whole school event took place at election time in May 2015 to teach the children about democracy, propaganda, public speaking and voting. Each class decided on a way to improve our school, with the availability of a small grant. Classes presented their ideas to each other, and all pupils voted on their favourite idea after much debate. A long jump sand pit was the winning idea. Our local MP also visited our school to share about her experiences of school and politics.
The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:
- Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their heritage and that of others
- Understanding and appreciation of the different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities
- Interest in exploring, improving and 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.
Where is this in Kings Furlong Junior School?
- In our school we have good links with the local community and we have regular visitors who come in to share their cultures e.g. religious groups, Chinese New Year, other nationalities
- In our RE lessons the children explore different cultures and develop an understanding of their beliefs and attitudes.
- The Young Interpreters in our school are an active group that have regular meetings where they discuss their cultures. They have created a large display which shows where in the world the children come from.
- Children carry out book studies in their English lessons that explore a variety of cultures. Also much of the reading schemes that we use to teach reading are based in a variety of cultures.
- In both singing assemblies and music lessons children learn to sing songs from other cultures.
- In MFL the children have learnt about France including the differences within British culture and French culture. This has also included other countries that speak French.
- During project work the children learn about the cultures of the countries that they are exploring through art, food, laws.