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SMSC & British Values

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural and British Values

British Values

At South Bank Primary, British values have always been interwoven within the values and ethos of the school. They underpin the curriculum entitlement our children receive and influence the relationships that we have with each other.

Democracy

Democracy is embeded at the school. Pupils are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Pupils also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas through our School Council and regular questionnaires. The elections of the School Council and Eco committee members are based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

The Rule of Law
The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced. Our school has “The South Bank High 5” which are deeply embeded in our work every day. We have playground rules to ensure safety and fair play which are agreed by the children. Each class also discusses and sets its own rules that are clearly understood by all and seen to be necessary to ensure that every class member is able to learn in a safe and ordered environment. Our pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken.

Individual Liberty
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make good choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for our pupils to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Our pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms, while understanding their responsibility to each other, They are advised how to exercise these safely; examples of this can be clearly seen in our e-safety and P.S.H.E. lessons. Whether it is through choice of challenge; of how they record; of participation in our numerous extra- curricular activities; our pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect:

Respect is one of the core values of our school .It is deeply embeded in all that we do at the school. The pupils know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small. The core value of Respect at South Bank Primary School underpins our work every day both in and out of the classroom.

Tolerance of Those With Different Faiths And Beliefs

Our core value of Respect ensures tolerance of those who have different faiths and belief. South Bank Primary School is a diverse school and enhances pupils understanding of different faiths and beliefs through religious education studies and P.S.H.E. work. Beliefs, traditions and customs from other faiths and countries are celebrated, with visitors being invited in to our school to enrich and extend understanding. Through this our pupils gain an enhanced understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society.

SMSC
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
At South Bank, we recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. This is embeded throughout all aspects of school life.

The aims of our SMSC education programme are:

  • to ensure pupils’ education at South Bank Primary School is holistic rather than focussed narrowly on purely academic aspects of learning.
  • to provide pupils with a rounded education, including learning how to work and play together, understanding and respecting others’ points of view, respecting and applying rules and understanding why these exist.
  • to prepare pupils to contribute to society and culture throughout their lives, and enable them to participate actively and positively in the life of the school, their local community and wider society.
  • to encourage pupils to value themselves and their unique contributions to their own and others’ lives, and in turn to value and celebrate others and their qualities and abilities.

SMSC is embeded throughout our school community ranging from RE (Religious Education) and SEAL (Spiritual and Emotional aspects of Learning) lessons through to assemblies, charity work, cultural awareness events, visiting speakers and a wide range of extra-curricular and out of school activities.

The school ethos “Moving potential to new horizons” is also a significant contributor to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. The ethos is embeded strongly throughout all teaching of the National Curriculum subjects and lessons aim to include clear SMSC opportunities.

Spiritual Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:-

  • Foster their own inner lives and non-material well-being
  • Sustain their self-esteem in the learning experience
  • Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought
  • Foster their emotional life and express their feelings
  • Experience moments of stillness and reflection
  • Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and response to personal experiences
  • Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships
  • Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life

Moral Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • Reflect on the consequences of their actions, learn how to forgive themselves and others, which are attitudes they need to make moral, responsible decisions and act on them
  • Recognise the unique value of each individual
  • Recognise the challenge of life today and the role they play in it
  • Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others
  • Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes
  • Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others
  • Distinguish between right and wrong
  • Show respect for the environment
  • Social Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • Display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate
  • Make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities
  • Develop an understanding of individual and group identity
  • Learn about service in the school and wider community
  • Begin to understand the place they have within society and the role they need to play
  • Understand the changing nature of society and how this is an opportunity not a threat
  • Develop their compassion for others in society
  • Take initiative on wider social issues and establish ways they can help on an individual, local, national and global scale

Cultural Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • Recognise the values and richness of cultural diversity in Britain and how this influences individuals and society
  • Recognise and respect world faiths and beliefs, and understand the impact they have on our culture
  • Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European and global dimensions
  • Broaden their perspective on different communities and cultures within the local area
  • Interact with different cultures/lifestyles and explore their advantages and disadvantages

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