Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Learning in The Pochin School

At The Pochin School, SMSC underpins much of what we do. We recognise that the personal development of the children – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally – plays a significant role in their ability to learn, and to grow into well rounded members of society.

We aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • Their own values and beliefs
  • Spiritual awareness
  • High standards of personal behaviour
  • A positive and caring attitude towards other people and development of positive characteristics to enable them to be compassionate members of society
  • An understanding and respect for their and others social and cultural tradition
  • An appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures and the world around them

What is spiritual development?

Spiritual development differs from person to person and is a very personal experience. For this reason, it is difficult to put into words. Spirituality concerns a person’s relationship with themselves, with others, with God (or the transcendent), and with nature and the environment. Spirituality is not the same as having a religion or faith; a person can be spiritual without having a particular faith. The four elements – these consist of:

Self

  • Awareness of feelings; ability to reflect and express
  • Awareness of our uniqueness; happiness with who we are
  • Gratitude for the things we have and the person we are
  • Exploration of personal faith
  • Development of imagination and creativity

Others

  • Empathy and understanding; respect
  • To love and be loved (loving your neighbour)
  • Making a difference; duty

Transcendence (Beyond)

  • Encountering/experiencing God (having a sense of what lies beyond the material/physical)
  • Ability to ask and discuss the ‘Big Questions’ (eg about life, death, suffering, nature of God)
  • Opportunities for prayer, connecting with God
  • Making sense of the world

 Nature

  • Developing a sense of awe and wonder
  • Enjoying the miracles of everyday life
  • Taking time for what really matters
  • Appreciating beauty in art, music, nature

Rights Respecting School Award

The Rights Respecting Schools Award puts children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK.

The Pochin School works alongside the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

The Pochin School achieved the Bronze Award and are currently working towards Silver.  Each week the children learn about the different articles from the convention.  So far this term, we have looked at the following articles:

Article 28: A Right to an Education

Article 12: Respect for the Views of the Child

Article 24: Health and Health Services

British Values

At The Pochin School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value the ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country.

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children.

The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values-based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference.

British Values are defined as:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

Our school reflects British values in all that we do.  We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British society and to the world. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.

Black History Month

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The children in each class will learn about influential people through black history.  We will focus on inspirational achievements of both historic and modern day people, with a particular focus on people from the UK. Each day, the children will have a focus person – why not take a look:

Black History Month Person Of The Day

In addition, children will listen to a range of music including  reggae, 2 tone and ska! Whilst also, learning about influential Caribbean and Black British artists, and British bands that were influenced by Caribbean sounds .

Also, the children will listen to a range of stories from the Netflix series ‘Celebrating Black Voices‘. Why not have a look!?

Language of the Term

Each half term, the children and staff focus on a different language that represents our school community.  The children learn greetings and basic conversational phrases alongside learning about the origins of the language.

This half term we are focusing on French!

Why not find out a little more and watch Let’s Explore France!

Why try out some KS2 games?