At Easington Colliery Primary School we view Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) understanding as a core principle behind our schools’ ethos. SMSC understanding is what allows our school to be inclusive for all children and staff. We believe that a child’s development in SMSC will continually grow from Reception to Year 6 as children’s experiences increase. We ensure this by making links throughout the curriculum by taking part in charity events, meaningful discussions, creating an awareness of our community and acknowledging diversity as a strength.
A strong provision for the development of SMSC is crucial for the wellbeing and development of children. The overall aim of SMSC development for children is to prepare them to participate fully and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Pupils should be enable to develop their knowledge, self-esteem, resilience, character and self-confidence. Therefore, SMSC provision in schools is important for each individual child, the local community and society as a whole.
At Easington Colliery Primary School we help to develop empathy, respect and understanding for other people’s beliefs, values, feelings and experiences. We do this through shared worship, Religious Education (RE) lessons and maintaining strong link with our local Church, whilst recognising that in Britain we are diverse. We have focused on children’s respect for others by invite ‘Show Racism the Red Card; into school, having a ‘Diversity in Britain’ week and learning about different faiths.Spiritual Development
At Easington Colliery Primary School we teach respect through embedding Golden Rules across the school. At the beginning of the academic year, each class discuss and create their own classroom rules. These are signed and displayed in the class and referred to as part of our behaviour management strategy. A core aspect of this is the traffic light system that illustrates for the children how they are or are not fulfilling their moral duty.
Teamwork is a core value that we teach in school by learning how to co-operate both in and outside of the classroom environment. Within the classroom, pupils have opportunities to work with peers or even children from different year groups to negotiate challenges. This is supported by the whole school approach to growth mind-set that teaches children to embrace challenge and learn from mistakes by being resilient. Outside of the classroom environment, during break and lunch times, we have a school buddy system that supports children in resolving conflicts and engaging them in play activities.
At Easington Colliery Primary School we help pupils to understand what is meant by culture by enabling pupils to appreciate the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their lives and the lives of others. Recently, Year 4 focuses on the North East and how the local culture has an impact on individuals and school. As part of this topic, children research and learn more about the local area and take part in educational visits to various locations in the North East.