Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education at Benton Dene Primary School
At Benton Dene Primary School 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 pupils with opportunities to explore and develop:
- Their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness and 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 all cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of all cultures.
Spiritual Development:As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to develop their capacity for critical thought. We encourage the children to evaluate their own work and the work of others. They are encouraged to express their feelings and beliefs. They learn how to develop and sustain friendships and relationships. By reflecting on their experiences and the mysteries of life, they become better learners.
Moral Development: At our school children are given opportunities to discuss a wide range of issues through stories. Our behaviour policy, rewards and sanctions enable children to gain a good understanding of right and wrong; these values are reinforced in assemblies. By working together, the children learn to listen to different viewpoints and show consideration.
Social Development: The children are given many opportunities to develop responsibility; they can be members of the school council, class monitors or playground buddies. In lessons, cooperative activities promote sharing. Our curriculum uses resources in the wider community and enables children to appreciate diversity e.g. visits to different places of worship.
Cultural Development: Our school curriculum is broad and provides children with a wealth of musical, dramatic and artistic opportunities; children perform and we participate in national initiatives such as The Turner Prize. Children read a wide range of literature and we invite authors to visit our school. We encourage the children to respect and value their own culture and the culture of others.
Spiritual, Moral and Social Development is not taught as a lesson but is promoted throughout the whole curriculum; the aim is to develop a clear sense of purpose within our pupils.