SMSC and British Values at Hatch Warren Infant School
Hatch Warren Infant School is a school which seeks to develop confident, independent, caring and enquiring individuals who are prepared for the future. We believe in fostering life long learning through providing an environment that values mutual trust and respect, honesty and equality and seeks to develop everyone’s potential. We provide excellent learning opportunities for all and celebrate the successes of individuals and the whole community.
At Hatch Warren Infant School we believe spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) underpins everything we do and this includes actively promoting British values.
The Promotion of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at Hatch Warren Infant’s
SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. It is not taught as a lesson, rather it may be part of Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education AND part of the ethos of the school which children experience on a daily basis. SMSC is now highlighted by government as a key means of promoting basic British values and counteracting the development of religious extremism in some school settings.
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
Children may reflect before a visit and again after it as to what spiritual impact it had on them, for example. Children may learn that people of all faiths and people of no faith can still be spiritual beings.
Asking questions about science
Building positive attitudes towards PE
Developing our own sense of creativity
Exploring the local environment
Exploring the natural world
Finding things out for ourselves
Gaining a sense of achievement
Putting on performances
Taking part in a competition
Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:
Taking care of the world around us
Finding out about people that
Developing a sense of empathy
Looking after animals
Understanding right and wrong with the
help of our local police officers
Making the right choices
Developing positive sporting behaviour
Making decisions through School Council
Wish for the world
Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
Children mix with children from other schools and other areas through residential visits and sporting events.
Building new friendships
Supporting Children in Need
Learning from experts
Sharing music making
Singing in the local community
Performing for our friends and families
Working as a team
Working together on mathematical tasks
Sharing work with our families
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
The wide range of music, theatre and literature the children experience enhances their cultural development.
Creating houses for burning linked to our great Fire of London topic during independent learning
Extending cultural awareness
Retelling stories from different cultures
Visiting the local art museum
Music influences the way we think and feel
Special day in school….Blingability Day 2019
Sharing our own experiences
How different cultures are represented
Learning about music from around the world
Overview of SMSC at HWIS
Overview of SMSC in each year group
Impact of SMSC at HWIS
Children start to show empathy, start to relax and show ability to reflect on their own and others’ achievements.
Pupils develop attitudes, values and principles.
There is an increased ability for them to empathise with others and see beyond the self.
Pupils have a experience of places of religious worship.
A respect for themselves and
An awareness and understanding of their own and other’s beliefs.
Pupils have more confidence in themselves and in their community.
Pupils are able to give reasons for things being right and wrong.
There is no fighting in school and a positive atmosphere pervades.
Pupils look after each other and take responsibility for each other; any conflicts are resolved quickly and effectively.
Pupils have very clear values which impact on their behaviour; they have a definite sense of what is right and what is wrong.
Pupils enjoy celebrating others achievements and have opportunities to feel proud of themselves and others.
Pupils are able to socialise with a wide range of people and pupils.
We receive positive comments from the community when we go on trips and when we receive visitors.
Pupils build relationships and friendships.
Close knit school community.
Widening of pupil horizons.
Pupils feel they have a say in their school.
Pupils exercise responsibility.
Aware of people from different cultural backgrounds which help to contribute to a positive atmosphere in school.
Pupils have an understanding of a world outside their own.
Pupils feel they have opportunities to showcase their diverse talents and feel valued for this.
They experience opportunities for awe and wonder.
What are British values?
The document “Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools” says “Schools should 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”.
It is this list of values that are used below as a basis for this statement.
Promoting British values at Hatch Warren Infant School
At Hatch Warren Infant School, the importance of SMSC education in developing well-rounded citizens who contribute to society and improve their communities has always been recognised and promoted as integral to membership of the school. British fundamental values have always been at the heart of what we do, although in the past they may not have been explicitly labelled as such. When the term ‘British’ values is used it is important to underline that this embraces the fact that we are a nation with a proud history of people of many different ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs and secular values all living together in a plural society. Our school models this wider picture of inclusivity, freedom and equality, so our underpinning values are British to the core.
How do we promote these values?
The ways in which we achieve the requirement to promote British values are many. Some of them are explored below.
We listen to children’s and parent’s voice. Our school behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others. Each class sees democracy in action as they elect members to represent them on the School Council, following hustings and a secret ballot. The School Council, which meets regularly with the Deputy Headteacher, chooses its officers through an election and will often vote on proposals within meetings. Pupil voice is also heard through Class Council which is fed back through School Council, class circle times, pupil interviews and class assemblies.
The Rule of Law
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules) that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken. The understanding of right and wrong is a thread that runs through school activity. It is discussed in school and class assemblies and Collective Worships, RE and PSHCE lessons. Children are supported in making good choices between right and wrong by general school rules (some of which, in classes, are democratically selected by the children themselves) and particular rules e.g. those that govern the use of play equipment. Children are continually reminded about what is needed to make a safe and happy community and the role of boundaries (rules, laws) to achieve this. To reinforce this message, visits e.g. from our Police Liaison Officer, Police Officers, Armed Services personnel and the Fire Service are a regular feature of our calendar.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms. We provide a culture, environment and opportunity for children to make their own choices, recognising the need for their own and others’ safety and well-being. This is supported by a programme of E-safety and PSHCE lessons and assemblies.
At Hatch Warren Infant School we recognise that everyone is important and special, and needs to be treated as such. Our behaviour policy, our school rules, the modelling of adults and pupil leaders as well as the explicit teaching through PSHCE and assemblies, actively promotes this value each week.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Our school, like our country, has a richness that is due to the diversity of those who live here, and we value, embrace, and respect those from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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