SMSC at Claytons
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
At Claytons we believe that our pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is vitally important. It underpins everything that we do. We are aware that it enables us to have happy, co-operative and secure pupils; this in turn leads to successful learners.
Each half term we focus on a different Claytons Values. We highlight it during assemblies, where opportunities occur during the school day, it might be the focus of Thinking Time and during the Thinking Assembly at the end of each half term. Values postcards are sent home to parents of pupils who have significantly demonstrated that half terms value. We hope that pupils will have received all 8 by the time they leave Claytons.
This year we are very excited to be introducing the Claytons Resilience Curriculum across the school and nursery. We feel that it is so important that children are able to bounce back after setback or difficulty and don’t bend or break under those pressures. We have identified 12 themes that we shall be teaching over 2 years, half a term each, to help our children become resilient learners.
Click here for the 12 themes.
We share the children's learning each week through a video which you can watch from our resilience and wellbeing tab.
Thinking Time and Thinking Assemblies
Thinking Time is a class based activity, lasting approximately 20 minutes that is carried out throughout the school. It is an opportunity for the pupils and adults to contribute to discussions where everyone has an equal say. The discussion might be linked to our current value, global learning, or a situation that a pupil or the class have experienced. Thinking Assemblies occur at the end of each half term and give pupils the opportunity to contribute with experiences of SMSC generally or our current value.
We feel that it is important to encourage our pupils to become Global Citizens. We help them to understand people from other countries and their contribution to our world, be aware of the wider world, respect and value diversity, understand how the world works, understand social justice and take responsibility for their actions. Therefore we plan units of work, lessons and assemblies with a global theme where appropriate.
Initially the pupils are encouraged to question stereotypes and look for similarities as opposed to differences.
Please watch the ‘TED talk’ link which helps to explain why a good global understanding is so important.
British values form part of the foundation of our learning both inside and outside the classroom. They are integrated into the day to day life of the school. We aim to enable the pupils to develop self-esteem and self-confidence; distinguish right from wrong, respect the law and accept responsibility for their behaviour; contribute positively to the lives of others; encourage harmony between different cultures and faiths and recognise their own; have respect for other people, democracy and support the democratic processes.
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' comprise of:
· the rule of law
· individual liberty
· mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
School Inspection Handbook from September 2015
Click here to link to our British Values policy
We regularly collect examples of SMSC and our values that we have witnessed. Here are some of the examples; we thought that you might enjoy reading them. What sensitive and understanding pupils we have!