SMSC Development Opportunities
SMSC is integrated within the ethos and vision of Hasting Hill Academy. Below are some examples, which demonstrate how pupils learn about Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values.
We encourage spiritual development during RE lessons, assemblies and by welcoming and accepting the spiritual beliefs of others within our school community. We create opportunities for the children to experience stillness as well as reflecting on, considering and celebrating the wonders and mysteries of life.
We develop moral understanding and problem solving through our behaviour expectations and the PSHCE curriculum. We look specifically at actions with a moral dilemma and discuss them to develop the children’s understanding. We feel it is important that children take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others; distinguishing between right and wrong and making informed and independent judgements.
We have a wide variety of opportunities for social development in school including: PSHCE lessons, Social skills intervention groups, support sessions with our Parent Liaison worker, our consistent behaviour policy with clear consequences and rewards (see behaviour policy and guidance), and using a restorative approach to support pupils to make positive decisions. We ensure all pupils have a voice through regular pupil voice questionnaires, pupil voice discussions, and having an election process for our school action teams, in which pupils vote for a designated representative within each year group. We develop an understanding of their individual and group identity, learning about service in the school and wider community and beginning to understand the need for social justice and a concern for the disadvantaged.
The cultural development of pupils is encouraged and supported through assemblies, RE lessons, understanding different cultures, themed days and weeks, and in welcoming and accepting the cultural beliefs of everyone in our school community. All curriculum areas should seek illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. We recognise, respect and celebrate the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influence individuals and society as well as recognising worldwide faiths.