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British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)

British Values

Our school curriculum actively promotes the fundamental British values.

Please find below our British Values supporting statement –

Promoting British Values at Greenmount Primary School

British values are integrated into our school curriculum as seen below –

British ValueContextEvidenceImpact
Pupil voice is an important part of our school encouraging all children to respect one another's opinions and views.* School Council - representatives speak on behalf of all children
* Voting and choice making is often part of classroom routines
* 'Big Think'
* Golden ticket
* Collective worship
* R.E. evidence from bespoke R.E. days
* Learning walks/drop-ins
* School ethos and School Values
Formal and informal observations and work sampling demonstrate that children are able to work together harmoniously and co-operate well in pairs, in small and large groups. They are able to articulate and demonstrate an understanding of what is right and wrong.
The Rule of LawChildren are taught that rules and laws are part of life. Working alongside visitors and members of the wider community they are able to learn about and associate with law and the importance of this outside of school.* School rules
* Bill of Rights
* Class rules
* Home/School agreement
* 'Good to be Green' behaviour policy
* Learning walks, drop-ins and work scrutiny
* PSHE within the curriculum
* Visitors from professionals and members of the wider community
* School ethos and school values
Children's behaviour, SIMs log; demonstrate that children understand the rules and are able to explain why these are in place.
Individual LibertyWe work hard to ensure all children experience a positive culture and safe environment where choices and freedom is encouraged. Children are independent learners and are encouraged to think for themselves, embracing the freedom of speech.* Celebration assemblies
* Golden Ticket
* 'Big Think'
* Lesson observations
* Planning
Children are continuing to develop their own identity and understand the importance of ensuring that their voice is heard. They are secure in their abilities and responsible for their learning journey.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefsAcross all staff and children alike we ensure that mutual respect is at the core of everything we do. Respect is a key aspect of our school values and ethos, underpinning our curriculum subjects. * Learning walks, drop-ins, pupil conferencing
* Planning
* School ethos and school values
* R.E. days
* Assemblies / celebrations
Children are tolerant of each other and show great respect in and outside of the classroom. Behaviour and discussions demonstrate children's understanding as to why respect is important. All children interact with each other regardless of their background, working together effectively.


Our school curriculum also makes strong links with the 4 threads of SMSC.

Please find below our SMSC policy –

SMSC policy

At Greenmount Primary school we believe that the development of SMSC underpins our school ethos as this is central to all areas of our school life.  These links across the curriculum can be seen below –

Curriculum areaSpiritual DevelopmentMoral DevelopmentSocial DevelopmentCultural Development
MathsLinks made with connections to 'real-life' situations comparing different cultures and countries within mathematical concepts.Enabling the children to sort their own resources to ensure fairness.Planning opportunities for children to problem solve within a small group.Enabling children opportunities to see Maths within topic work, making links to history themes.
EnglishExposing the children to a wide genre of texts, ensuring opportunities to link to the 'audience' and 'purpose' of their writing.Providing literature which leads to opportunities to discuss 'right and wrong' within Guided Reading sessions. Learning 'hooks' to allow children opportunities to consider different perspectives.Through Guided reading and peer marking, opportunities to comment and debate. Talk Partners encourage discussion and stimulus for writing.Ensuring children are given opportunities to share their experiences. Guided Reading and writing 'hooks' enabling children to explore different cultures and make comparisons, e.g. 'Handa's Surprise'.
ScienceActivities allow the children to explore how living things rely on and contribute to our environment. Opportunities to partake in discussion whilst accepting that not all answers can be provided by Science. Ensure that all children are exposed to 'Awe and Wonder' within their topic links. Enabling children the opportunity to explore Scientific concepts that may or may not have had a good effect on the world. Providing opportunities for children to keep safe. Links made with History and R.E. where children are given opportunities to explore concepts from around the world which have been impacted by Science.
(French Year 3 - 6)
Opportunities to learn about the French language and links to other French speaking countries across the world.Planned activities to ensure that children understand the language and culture correctly, addressing any misconceptions or previous misunderstanding. Planned regular opportunities to experiment using their language skills with others. Providing activities for children to be immersed in the French culture.
HistoryEnsuring that topics and activities enable the children to consider how things and life was different across different time and eras, investigating reasons as to why significant events took place.Topic links and themes enable children the opportunity to explore, learn about and discuss significant historical events and discuss the outcomes of these, for example Year 6 work studying the First World wars. Project homework enabling children to make links with the lives of their extended members of their families. Ensuring all children engage in debate and discussion, e.g. whether it was fair different races were treated so differently when travelling on public transport.Making links with our local community, visiting Ryde historical Centre, Quarr Abbey and Osborne House to make links to the past and present.
GeographyProviding opportunities for the children to make links and compare their own lives and others, e.g. Year 5 Penpal links in Australia. Providing resources for children to compare their locality to other parts of the world, e.g. Reception exploring Katie Morag stories to the Isle of Wight.Making links with our locality and school community, working with the School Council to improve our school and local area. Working with the Governors to improve our school and community. Visits from PCSO, traffic surveys etc. to impact in safety in and around the school.Providing opportunities for children to make links with other schools, e.g. Year 5 Penpals and make comparisons between cultures. To embrace the growing school diversity.
Art and Design
Through opportunities in topic and theme work and stimuli in Big Think, children will be able to explore the spiritual dimension and natural phenomena. Planning activities to enable children to investigate different artists interpretation of key events or people, prompting discussion and critical reviews.Through the use of different images and artefacts, encourage children to explore emotions and feelings. Through Big Think artist focus children to enter in philosophical discussions. Activities involving multi usage of resources, sharing as a small group or pair. In Key Stage 2, offer discussion and debate opportunities as to the use of social media in art.Begin to build an understanding of art within different cultures, such as involvement with the Mardi Gras Arts parade.
MusicThrough the music scheme Charanga, children are exposed to music from around the world, exploring different sounds and emotions. Opportunities to perform in class, assemblies and whole school performances across seasons and celebrations.Through lessons and music explored in assemblies and singing assembly, children are given the opportunity to discuss the meaning of words and interpret the music and genres,Through a range of performing opportunities children learn to work together and accept another's different talents and abilities. Key Stage 2 children are able to access peripatetic lessons, working with children across the Key Stage in small groups.Weekly singing assembly enables children opportunities to partake in and explore music and songs from around the world, learning about different cultures and celebrations.
ComputingChildren are given opportunities to use the internet as a gateway to explore global issues. Teaching all children the advantages and limitations of ICT.Providing children opportunities, within age appropriate activities, to explore moral issues involving using ICT, such as the moral use of data, cyber bullying etc. Children are taught the importance of staying safe when using social media. Activities enabling the children to make links with worldwide communications and developing an understanding of the difference this may make in different cultures.
R.E.Through 'Big Think' and R.E. days children are able to experience and develop an understanding of the different world religions, rituals and celebrations. Children are encouraged to discuss and debate their thoughts and understanding.Our 'Good to be Green!' behaviour policy ensures that all children learn about morals and the need for rules in life. R.E. day activities enable the children opportunity to discuss a range of rituals within different religions.Our school vision and statement, remembering that we have to work together to ensure we all have the right to learn, underpins all areas of learning, including us supporting each other regardless of our different background.Through our R.E. days, special assemblies and visitors, children are given opportunities to explore similarities and differences between different faiths and cultures.
P.S.H.EThrough Circle Times, Big Think and work with our Nurture team, children are enabled to develop their awareness of others' needs and wants, whilst developing their own views and self.Through assemblies, Circle Time activities and School Council, children are able to develop an understanding of what is right and wrong, underpinned by our school ethos and behaviour policy.Whether in class or as a Young Leader, Sports Ambassador or School Council representative, all children are encouraged to work together, initiating new ideas and offering their own opinions.All children are encouraged to share their life experiences and home culture to all areas of learning, through class discussions and forums.
P.E.Enabling the children a range of activities and opportunities that enables them to become aware of their own abilities and strengths, allowing peer assessment in classes and participation in a range of events and competitions. Lessons such as dance and gymnastics provide opportunities for children to develop a sense of creativity. Young Leaders are trained each year to support the school at lunchtimes and sports week, demonstrating sportsman ship and fairness. All children given the opportunity to work as a team ensuring that all are treated equally regardless of their ability.Opportunities both in lessons and extra-curricular activities, children are given the sense of belonging to a team and as a part of the school community. Providing links with local and national sports events and people, children build an understanding of the range of sports globally, including less able body competitions.