Headstart School believes that by considering pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), particularly in relation to the skills and attitudes which enable them to participate fully and positively in democratic, modern Britain, and to understand and appreciate the range of different cultures within school and further afield that we are equipping them with the foundations of skills for life. We know that our foundations are based on our beliefs that each child is unique with their own individual needs and abilities therefore promoting an understanding of those around them can only be seen as nurturing their wellbeing. SMCS is embedded throughout our curriculum offer rather than a stand-alone curriculum where pupils’ understanding of the world around them develops. Pupils have opportunities to develop an awareness of:
Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
We therefore, offer a range of opportunities for pupils to take part in an array of artistic, cultural, sporting, dramatic, musical, mathematical, scientific, technological and, where appropriate, international events and activities that promote aspects of pupils’ SMSC development.