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SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

At Birchwood we develop SMSC in many different ways, including through the experiences outlined below. For more evidence of SMSC please look through our Twitter feed.

 

Spiritual

  • Pupils are reflective about their own and others’ beliefs – eg - / visit to Gurudwara to support Sikhism topic/ visits to St Michael’s Church – Easter Experience / Christmas Experience
  • The schools RE curriculum and broader curriculum supports pupils’ knowledge of and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values – eg – Shabat in y1 Jewish study
  • The school curriculum offers opportunities for pupils in all cohorts to have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves and those around them – community work eg – Suffolk Food Hall / Suffolk Punch Adoption/ Beijing link school writing project / collaboration with Holbrook / Mandarin teacher from Beijing exchange
  • Forest school / FFL / WOW etc all enable pupils to use imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Many opportunities are woven into learning for pupils to reflect upon their experiences eg – WOW homework Pink Slip feedback to parents / philosophy debate minutes / peer evaluation

 

Moral

  • Pupils are taught to recognise right from wrong and apply this in all they do as a result of the consistent application of the school’s behaviour policy
  • Pupils are interested in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and appreciating the viewpoints of others - Y6 interviews with parents from Muslim community to reflect on Muslim culture / pupil voice is very strong thanks to active school council / Eco – Council / JRSO’s / ambassadors and monitors / meters and greeters
  • Pupil voice is so integral in school decision making, pupils are well aware of the consequences of positive and negative behaviours

 

Social

  • Pupils use social skills in different contexts – eg – working and socialising with different pupils eg – Springfield and Holbrook Primary schools on Suffolk Day / Trinity Park Farm
  • Pupils are very willing to participate in a variety of communities and social settings – eg – JRSO – Council Chambers / Suffolk Punch Adoption – meeting farrier / grooms / owners etc / Swimming Gala winners
  • Fundamental British Values – Democracy / rule of Law / Individual Liberty / Mutual Respect / Tolerance – eg – Y5/6 Court Case – ch joined a County Court hearing to see rule of law in action and British law system – this was used to inspire their writing about crime detectives.  School Council = democracy!  Pupils attitudes demonstrate excellent respect and tolerance of their peers

 

Cultural

  • Suffolk Heritage has been so explored by all pupils eg – Suffolk day / own Ixworth / Chequer bantam flock of poultry / Suffolk Punch Adoption /…it is an integral [part of our curriculum offer, working closely with many local businesses and communities
  • Cultural appreciation is very well celebrated eg – China Week / Inforiata / Diwali 
  • Opportunities for pupils musically, artistically, sporting, cultural...  Musical -Birchwood Music Festival / termly Orchestra performances... Sporting   swimming gala / AFPE quality Mark / distinction – 2K a Day, vast club opportunities / sport relief... Art – whole school – plastic sculpture with porpoises / fish / Aldbeurgh gallery display / whole school art gallery

Develpment point  - create wider opportunities to develop pupils’ knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system

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