Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development (SMSC) is at the heart of everything we do at Chilvers Coton and we pride ourselves in successfully creating a supportive, tolerant and harmonious environment in which our pupils can learn safely and happily.
Our SMSC curriculum brings together the areas of PSHE (personal, social and health education), RE (Religious education) and the development of British values. The policies for SMSC, equality and diversity, anti-racism, anti-bullying, behaviour and inclusion are implemented and reinforced consistently and effectively and this can be seen through pupils’ attitudes and values throughout the school.
At Chilvers Coton we listen to our children and take their views into account when planning our curriculum and making major decisions. We have a school council to further promote the concept of democracy and fairness, as well as pupil voice, and we actively involve pupils in decisions we make such as what playground markings we should have or what our uniform should look like – even what teachers we should employ!
We encourage children, as early as the Nursery, to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. Pupils are encouraged to develop good social skills through learning and they have opportunities to take the lead, organise activities and work together. They are encouraged to work effectively together in groups and demonstrate respect for the views of others. Pupil behaviour is always respectful and considerate of others no matter what their colour, Religion or level of ability.
Our planning covers aspects of PSHE, RE, SMSC and British values and involves pupils in a wealth of enrichment activities beyond the curriculum. This offers opportunities for reflection, creativity, use of imagination and, moreover, a sense of excitement and curiosity in learning. Pupils are encouraged and supported to be creative and to enjoy activities such as cooking, music/singing, dance, gardening and art on a weekly basis.
Our assemblies are based around suitable themes that support SMSC and the promotion of human values, and these act as a prompt for personal reflection and promote responsibility and a sense of community.
Because of the multicultural nature of our very diverse school we do not shy away from sensitive or controversial aspects of religious, moral or ethical issues and pupils are encouraged to explore issues and express their views. In this way, pupils understand the religious and cultural diversity of the school, and the wider world around them.
At Chilvers Coton we not only respect diversity and difference at all times but we celebrate it! Please have a look at just some of the ways we promote SMSC below and look out for up to date pictures on our class pages.