At Devonshire we are proud of the way that the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) understanding is developed throughout their school life. Please see our default Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural Development Policy (185 KB) .
The following are examples of activities that take place during the year to support children’s SMSC development.
The religious education (RE) curriculum includes opportunities for children to visit places of worship from a variety of religions; these include a Synagogue, a Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque and a Christian Church. Visitors from different religions often come in to work with the children to support their understanding of different religions; this gives them the opportunity to ask questions to develop their personal understanding. Children of different religions also share their experiences within RE lessons.
The Key Stage 2 carol service takes place in the local Church, and we have good links with this Church.
We have regular assembly visits from the Sutton Christian Centre and the Sutton Schools’ Christian Worker. In Autumn 2014, the Sutton School’s Christian team organised a multi-faith prayer workshop for all Key Stage 2 children to participate in.
There are many opportunities in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons and assemblies where children are given the opportunity to think deeply about their own and other people’s experiences relating to their own personal values.
In class, children enjoy spiritual discussions in a safe, supportive learning environment where they can share their opinions and not be judged.
Year 6 children participate in a Junior Citizenship activity each year and Reception have a yearly visit from the local police community support officers (PCSOs) to support their learning. Two Year 6 children have been appointed as travel ambassadors and work with the teacher in charge of the school travel plan.
The school council are very active and support the organisation of fund raising activities for local and national charities. School council members work together to represent pupils’ views on school initiatives e.g. they worked on a new lunchtime initiative to reduce the noise level in the hall.
The school participates in and supports anti-bullying week each year and has recently rewritten the anti-bullying policy. E-safety is part of the computing curriculum for each year group. Staff have been trained in e-safety.
The school has a set of Golden Rules which are displayed around the school and referred to regularly. To support the Golden Rules, a behaviour ladder was drawn up in 2014 to ensure that there are clear rewards and sanctions which are understood by children. In Autumn 2014 a new system of Golden Time was launched for Key Stage 2 which promotes children taking more responsibility for their behaviour. The children have a good understanding of rules, boundaries and consequences; these are developed by working collaboratively in groups, role play activities as well as focused behaviour assemblies.
Within the curriculum there are lots of opportunities for children to discuss and debate moral issues; the new Cornerstones curriculum promotes this further.
The children are all aware of the need to come to school regularly and punctually; weekly attendance awards for the class with the best attendance promote this. Termly certificates for children with exceptional attendance are given out and a half termly reward is given to the class with the best attendance. In Autumn 2014 a new individualised attendance reward system is being introduced to further promote 100% attendance.
Devonshire takes part in a number of sporting events: football matches, netball matches, cycling championships, district sports and primary school indoor athletic events. It also takes part in borough music events with Year 2 taking part in the annual infant music morning and the school choir taking part, often performing an individual item, at the borough music festival at the Fairfield Halls.
There are a variety of activities at lunchtime to support pupils’ social skills: there is a weekly craft club, a weekly Lego club, a weekly circle of friends club and playground buddies. A playworker has been employed to support identified pupils at lunchtimes through activities to promote and model positive social interactions. A social skills group is run by a teaching assistant to support identified children who would benefit from additional support and a teaching assistant runs a series of transfer for high school sessions for Year 6 children who the teachers think would benefit from this additional support prior to transferring to high school.
The Cornerstones curriculum promotes use of the local community and community further afield to support learning. The initial element of each project has a specific activity to engage the children in the learning. In the first project of the Autumn term Year 1 had a teddy bear’s picnic, Year 2 visited Kew Gardens, Year 3 had a tea party, Year 4 worked together to build Viking boats, Year 5 visited Sutton library and worked with the librarian and Year 6 visited a local elderly care home to talk to the residents about their experiences in the war. The final element of each project provides children with the opportunity to share their learning with other members of the school, their parents or members of the local community.
The school promotes strong home school partnerships. For example home visits are made for all nursery and Reception children, workshops are held to support parents with their understanding of how their children are taught and how they can support at home. Parents are encouraged to support the curriculum whether it is coming in to school to support children’s learning and/or accompanying school trips. The school has a very strong parent staff association (PSA) that supports the school in a variety of ways. Parents are made very welcome when visiting the school and are encouraged to share their children’s learning (twice yearly formal parents’ meetings, end of curriculum project activities, meet the teacher sessions etc). We offer a number of placements to parents who are studying National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) courses.
The new Key Stage 2 Golden Time initiative promotes social interactions between children from different year groups as they work together on different Golden Time activities each Friday afternoon.
There are four trained emotional literacy support assistants (ELSAs) who support children who require emotional literacy support. Having four ELSA teaching assistants means that children who require this support rarely have to wait for this intervention. Common Assessment Framework assessments (CAFs) are in place to support children with needs. The family support worker works closely with parents who request her support and closely with the school to support families.
Each term there is a different language selected to promote understanding of basic phrases in languages spoken by the children in the school. The school has an annual celebration day where each year group learns about a celebration from around the world. The school celebrates specific occasions as they occur (e.g. the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics, Black History month). Signs around the school are often in a variety of languages and many classes display all of the different languages spoken by the children in the class.
The school works hard to support English as an additional language (EAL) children and parents. There are coffee mornings for EAL parents and a specific dual language book scheme for parents and children. There are dual language books in the school library; teachers in the infants welcome EAL parents in to school to read books to the children in their own language. A lunchtime EAL club has been set up to support children who are at the early stages of English acquisition. Devonshire has very good links with the borough’s EAL team.
At the summer fayre parents from different cultures work together to provide international food for the international food stall.
Through supporting children’s SMSC development, the school actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs. In this way, the school encourages children to respect other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010. For more information, see Promoting British values.
Devonshire Primary School is a caring community, enthusiastic for everyone's success. We aim for all of our children to leave Devonshire as well rounded individuals who have reached their potential both academically and socially. Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a very important part of the curriculum and the topics that the children study support their understanding of themselves, their immediate community and the wider world as well as issues that they may encounter.
In addition to the PSHE curriculum, we are very committed to the Social Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) programme which helps the children develop as effective learners. The topics covered enable the children to understand and manage their feelings, work co-operatively in groups, motivate themselves and demonstrate resilience in the face of setbacks; all skills that will help the children develop as learners both socially and academically. Each of the topics covered in the SEAL programme are studied as a whole school topic.