Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development (SMSC) Introduction School Ravensfield Primary school regards the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspect of education as a core entitlement for all students. It is provided in all formal and informal settings and permeates every aspect of the school’s work, although there are many ways of interpreting the terms Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development. Through the school’s SMSC curriculum British values are promoted.
The development of SMSC is an inherent part of the way we work. It is embedded in the culture of the school, modelled by staff and pupils throughout the day, taught overtly in Personal Social Development (PSD) and Religious Education (RE) lessons and is recognised and celebrated alongside academic achievement.
All National Curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. A significant contribution is also made by school ethos, effective relationships throughout the school, collective worship, and other curriculum activities.
Ravensfield Primary School British Fundamental Values Policy 2017
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Ravensfield Primary School these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
The whole of key stage 2 walked to St Mark's church to take part in a Christingle service. The school were welcomed by Revered Alison Cox.
The school sang carols and listened to varies year groups taking part in readings linked to Christingle and the Children's Society. Near the end all the Christingles were lit and the church lights were turned low. It was very moving while everyone continued singing carols.
Year 3 Pillow case Project June 2017
We have been lucky enough to be one of over 200 schools that have taken part in this Red Cross project involving the children learning about how weather can effect peoples life's all over the world and how you can help yourself and others in an emergency. The children really enjoyed decorating their own pillow cases with what they would take with them in an emergency, when you have very little time to leave your home.
The children are encouraged to share with their families and friends what they have learnt, children can contribute towards creating a more resilient community for all. I have added the case study the British Red Cross have written up about all the things that the children covered, learnt and took part in during that week. This case study is now on their website.
2017 Safer Internet Day
NSPCC Parent Workshop
On Tuesday 7th February on Safer Internet Day I invited the NSPCC into school to run a parent workshop all about how children can keep safe while on the internet. It was an hours long workshop which was very informative, the parents took part in a simple quiz and were given a very useful booklet to take away.
Quote from the booklet ' You don't need to be an expert on the internet. Talking to your child regularly, and being a part of their online world, will help you set and develop boundaries from an early age, meaning you can identify risks before they become issues'.
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Some replies from parent comment sheet given out at the event.
What have you enjoyed: 'All of it, great session, lots of information put together in one hour'.
'I found it very informative-much more than I thought'.
'I really enjoyed this session found it so important and think every parent should be involved'.
'Learning about the 02 Gurus and the helpful sites'
What have you found useful: 'Knowing about the net-ware app'.
'Online phone support and shop support'.
'Finding there is a google kids, net-ware app, O2 partnership with the NSPCC'.
'I wasn't aware of ytube kids'.
Is there anything we could of done differently?: 'Some information on privacy settings. although I have been pointed in the right direction'.
'To run an out of school session so didn't have to come out of work'.
'Maybe try and get another presentation at an evening so more parents can be made aware'.
'No it was pitched perfectly and delivered well'.
2016 Anti-Bullying Week
We began the week with a visit from the NSPCC. They held assemblies for key stage 1 and key stage 2. before going on to run hour long workshops in year 5 and year 6.
We’re delighted that Ravensfield has worked with the NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. programme this term and would like to thank you and everyone at your school for your support.
We hope you and the pupils at your school now feel empowered and understand the importance of speaking out and staying safe.
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Christian Aid Climate Change
The year 3 classes have taken part in a Christian Aid project working on Climate Change. Over a period of six weeks, for one hour per week, the Christian Aid volunteers have been coming into school to talk with the children about Climate Change around the world and how humans over 200 years having been changing our environment and how this is affecting people in many countries around the world.
The six weeks' project culminated in a service in the local partner church, Saint Marks of Dukinfield. All the children sang songs, some showed paintings, drawings, read out poems and a group of children took part in a play about creation with the theme of how we need to think about our world before it is too late.
During the last week the children designed envelopes to take home to collect change in so we could raise some money to buy a floating garden and a survival kit to help people after disasters. The children and parents in the church could also buy cakes to raise even more money. At the moment we are waiting to hear how much we have raised...........
Monday 14th December
Christingle service in St Marks Church
key stage 2 all went to the church in the morning. The children sang and took part in readings, where they finally lit their Christingles so they could all share in its meaning.
Andrew Gwynne added this to his Facebok page after his visit to Ravensfield on Friday.
Mr Andrew Gwynne's visit to the school
On Friday 6th November we had a visit by the local Member of Parliament, Mr Andrew Gwynne. Mr Gwynne came to school as part of National School Meals Week.
As he was in school the school council interviewed him for nearly 45 minutes asking him many probing questions about his job. Here are a selection of the questions the school council asked on behalf of their classes.
What's the worst problem you have come across?
Why does the government keep changing the curriculum?
On a typical day what do you actually do?
What does an MP do?
How can I become an MP when I'm older?
Is the Prime Minister nice or mean?
Do you like it around Dukinfield?
Where does all the money come from?
When you first became an MP what was your main fear?