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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at Newby Primary School

At Newby we believe that our whole-school vision, ethos and curriculum design reflect our intention to incorporate SMSC values into the very fabric of our school and daily life.

Children are encouraged to think about 'big questions' which promote an understanding of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural similarities and differences. Regular philosophy for children sessions encourage children to debate and talk about these topics and issues, developing sensitivity and an understanding of appropriateness. 

The development of our spiritual, moral, social, cultural and British values is a key aspect of our school curriculum and is threaded through our school ethos and daily life. Through our long/medium term planning, together with enriching experiences, children have the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they impact on peoples’ lives.

Our behaviour policy equips our children to be reflective, enabling children to develop an understanding of their own and others’ feelings and emotions and the way in which our actions impact on other people.

Assemblies and Collective Worship at Newby Primary School are both spiritual and educational and are recognised as having a major contribution to the spiritual and moral development of all pupils.

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Spiritual Development

Spiritual Development is not about promoting a specific religion or about our Religious Education Curriculum. Through many different opportunities we encourage children to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or not) and develop an understanding and respect for those with different beliefs. 

Through Collective Worship we aim to: provide an all-inclusive opportunity to build and reinforce community values; reflect on and understand elements of life which are of value and worth; provide a variety of opportunities for spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development; provide opportunities for expressing shared experiences and interests and for celebrating special occasions together; and provide opportunities in which pupils report on their interactions with other year groups, staff and guests from the wider community.

The way we deliver our curriculum ensures children enjoy their learning, encouraging them to ask questions, think creatively and reflect on their experiences. We regularly create 'awe and wonder' moments where children are encouraged to reflect on the beauty in the world around them. 

Moral Development

Moral development is one of the key drivers for our whole curriculum. In term one particularly, children are supported to develop what we define as a 'moral compass'. In exploring key questions such as 'What is Power?' and 'Who decides what's right or wrong?', children are challenged to think and debate key ideas which we are presented with in day to day life.

Our approach to behaviour ensures children are encouraged to reflect on the choices they have made and, where appropriate, given opportunities to make ammends.

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Social Development

Social development starts from the moment children start Nursery. We passionately believe in 'Learning through play' and therefore children are supported to develop social interactions, understanding the many benefits working as a team brings.

All our Key Stage Two children are asked to apply for one of our 'Newby Jobs' - through these roles, children work with others across the school community, listening to other viewpoints and considering what is best for all children, not just the individual. 

Children develop an understanding of 'British Values' in a way that means they understand these as values for all of us to adhere to - irrespective of being British or not. 

Cultural Development

One of our many strengths as a school is the way we encourage children to develop culturally. Our curriculum is designed to ensure children are exposed to 'The best of mankind'; artists, musicians, engineers, architects, policitcal activists and so many more. More importantly, these people are studied not only to learn about their lives and the contributions they have made but as a model of people who we can aspire to be as we consider what our future might hold. 

Yearly 'Arts Festivals' not only provide opportunities for children to work in mixed age groups, but also allow them to perform, explore art and music from around the world, as well as showcasing how talented they all are. 

Weekly faith assemblies are an opportunity to explore the same key theme in all of the world religions. By doing this, children develop an understanding that whilst we may be different, we also share lots in common. 

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  • What is SMSC?

    SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

    Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experiences; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect meaningfully on their own actions and the actions of others.

    Moral: Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

    Social: Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.

    Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

  • What are ‘British values’?

    What are ‘British values’?

    • Democracy: We all have a say and a voice. We create change for the better through working together and talking about what we want to achieve together. We look after those who are in a minority because this is the right thing to do.
    • Individual Liberty: We know our human rights and freedoms and can use our rights and responsibilities in school life, outside or at home. We know that we can question what we are told in a respectful way. It is important to have the freedom to hold an opinion even if others disagree with it.
    • Rule of Law: We are law abiding citizens. We respect the rules of school and laws in society. We know that laws are for everyone. Laws help to keep us safe and protect people.
    • Mutual Respect and Acceptance: Together we are one community. Through our respect and understanding of one another we will find a positive way to live in peace because we care.

    Teaching British values enables Newby students to:

    • develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
    • distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England
    • accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
    • acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England
    • develop further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
    • show respect for other people
    • respect democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England
  • Charity Work

    At Newby, we want to be good British citizens. We believe that part of being a good citizen means helping other people. Our aim is to help people locally, nationally and globally. Through the pupil voice of our established school council Newby regularly holds events that raise awareness and funds to support charities and organisations that exist to make the lives of others better. The school council ensures that Newby can respond to national and international charities and spontaneously respond to events that occur and touch the lives and emotions of our children and community.

    We are regularly involved in:

    • Bradford central foodbank collections
    • Children in Need
    • Sports Relief
    • Islamic Relief
    • Climate Change and environmental charities
    • Macmillan Cancer Trust
    • Stephen’s Church – supporting the BD5 community
    • British Heart Foundation
    • Remembering Srebrenica
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