Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
At Whitegate C/E Primary, we promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness through everything we do and in everything we do.
As a school we believe that spiritual development is the ability to reflect on ‘big questions’ and to possess an inner-peace. We aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:
- sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience;
- develop their capacity for critical and independent thought;
- foster their emotional life and express their feelings;
- experience moments of stillness and reflection;
- discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences;
- form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships;
- reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life
As a school we believe that moral development is to understand the difference between right and wrong, being conscious of your own actions and decisions and the consequences these have. We aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:
- recognise the unique value of each individual;
- listen and respond appropriately to the views of others;
- gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes;
- take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others;
- distinguish between right and wrong;
- show respect for the environment;
- make informed and independent judgements.
As a school we believe that social development is the ability to confidently communicate with, and respect, all walks of life regardless of race, religion, gender or age, whilst remaining part of our British heritage. We aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:
- develop an understanding of their individual and group identity;
- learn about service in the school and the wider community;
- develop an understanding of what it means to be British.
As a school we believe that cultural development is being proud to be part of a culture and respecting and tolerating the views of others. We aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:
- recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influence individuals and society;
- develop an understanding of the social and cultural environment;
- develop an understanding of Britain's local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.
'A broad range of opportunities for enrichment contributes to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to support charities and to develop their musical talents. They have a very clear understanding of fundamental British values, especially through their knowledge and understanding of other faiths. (Ofsted, July 2019.)