Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
The academic, personal development and well-being of every pupil in our school is of paramount importance to us here at Meadows First School. This includes: understanding the importance of providing a range of opportunities for our pupils, that supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Explicit opportunities to promote pupils' development in these areas are provided in religious education and personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship, in addition to a wide range of other curriculum activities. A significant contribution is also made by the school ethos, effective relationships throughout the school, collective worship, sports events and the work of the School Council and Eco Council. We are lucky to have Mrs Date, a teacher in school, who is a Specialist Leader in Education for curriculum development. She ensures that we embed SMSC into all aspects of school life. Here are some of the examples of SMSC at Meadows:
Church groups visit school: Open the book assemblies. Gospel Hall assemblies
Services held in local church (eg. Christmas carol service)
Music assemblies: eg Music For You, singing assemblies
Visits- (local to school)- Asda park (Year 1), Avoncroft Museum to see local historical buildings, Bromsgrove library for historical local research,
Visits-(away from school)- Hanbury Hall, Severn Valley Railway (WW11 evacuation), Gardening club/allotments
Developing creativity in their learning-eg:Malvern Garden show: designing and creating a garden for a large show, communicating with the public at the event. We won the Best Garden Design 2013/ garden won ‘Highly Commended.’2014 & 2015. Development of Creative homework.
Developing a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about the world around them:Empty Classroom day, Forest School, Outdoor learning, links with schools in Sandwell, France and Sierra Leone.
Raising money for charities: MacMillan coffee morning, Operation Christmas Child, RNLI, Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Sports Relief, Book weeks,
Raising pupils awareness of caring for others: Friendship weeks, assemblies, Buddy system. Year 4 mentors in Reception.
Looking after the environment (knowing how our actions can support the environment): Community energy events, energy homework projects, Switch it off week, Eco projects, making bird feeders, litter picking, composting,
Looking after ourselves: Beach safety (RNLI), Healthy topics/ Healthy Schools week.
Topics about our world: Earth balloon visit, Rainforest study,
Links with Waterloo School in Sierra Leone
Pupil voice in developing whole school and class ethos; eg. Class rules, school motto.
Ambassador Status and Eco Green Flag- mentor school for developing sustainability within the county.
Links with pupils from different schools: Cape Hill Primary from Sandwell (school councils and Forest School sessions), Inkberrow First (school councils- Learning to Learn),
Children are involved in running events: MacMillan coffee morning, Christmas Enterprise project, Community energy events.
Malvern Garden show: designing and creating a garden for a large show, communicating with the public at the event. We won the best garden design 2013/ garden won ‘Highly Commended' 2014 & 2015.
Family learning: Opportunities to share learning with parents.
Family events: Grandparents tea parties, class assemblies, topics based around the family (eg. Nursery celebrate family celebrations),
Wow days: Ballroom dancing for fairy tale topic (Reception), WW11, Romans day,
Parents visiting to share their occupations/ hobbies: spring lambs brought into school, Estate Agents (during Year 1 houses topic), Ambulance paramedic, Dentist,
Year groups working together: buddy reading, friendship weeks, sharing our work afternoons,
Democracy: visits to District Council offices, inviting local MP to school
Celebrating diversity: with links with pupils from different schools: Cape Hill Primary from Sandwell (school councils and Forest School sessions), writing and sending resources to Waterloo School in Sierra Leone, links with Chadsgrove Specialist Sports College.
Attending events for sports: gymnastics festival with Parkside leaders, dance festival, hockey, football, bellboating, tennis
Attending events for the arts: Aberfan Male voice choir, Voices and visions, Artrix music festival.
Visitors/ trips that develop the pupils’ understanding of their world: Samuel Pepys visit, Bishops Wood Environmental Centre,
Theme weeks/topics: Keeping Healthy, sports weeks, Around the world –whole school topic, Chinese New Year, Diwali,
European Languages Days/ cultural days- food tasting, dance, language, dressing up,
Leading productions for parents: eg. Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Hoodwinked, Aladdin Trouble, Pirates Versus Mermaids.
More able, gifted and talented events
At Meadows First School, British Values are taught as part of SMSC. The fundamental British Values are: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with Different Faiths and Beliefs.
Pupils learn about democracy through our own Eco, Digital, Sports and School Councils. Each class has a representative who attends regular meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team/ staff. They are responsible for passing on information from the meetings to their class and for bringing up any issues on behalf of their class at the meetings. The children have to volunteer for these roles and present why they wish to take on the role. The class then cast their vote and the pupil with the highest number of votes becomes the Class Representative for that year.
The Rule of Law
Pupils are taught the school rules and are involved in deciding their own class rules. Pupils are taught about the need for such rules to keep us all safe and to understand the consequences of not following the school rules. Older children are able to then make links between this and the importance of having Laws to govern the country.
It is important that all children at Meadows feel safe and able to make decisions in a supportive environment. Pupils throughout the school are given the freedom to make choices from the moment they join in Reception. It is important that children are supported and understand that making a wrong decision is part of a learning process.
Pupils are expected to show respect to all people at all times. It is an integral part of our school ethos and is demonstrated through our teaching of the children and the way in which we model these expectations to the children. Our Zone Board behaviour system is used when mutual respect is not shown, and the children are helped to reflect on the need for mutual respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Pupils are taught about the faith and beliefs of others through our RE curriculum. The importance of tolerance towards others is promoted at all times and particularly taught through the RE, PSHE curriculum and assemblies. Children and their families from various faith backgrounds are also encouraged to share their depth of knowledge at school.
Examples of teaching British Values in:-