SMSC Policy 

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Darrick Wood Infant & Nursery School is a community within which children learn about their personal development. They learn from their relationships with their teachers and other staff and also with each other. They also learn from observing how adults behave with one another and with the children. Children learn to care for others, to be generous, kind and respectful. Good experience in personal relationships in early life will make a most important contribution to an understanding of moral and spiritual values when they are older.

At Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant role in their learning and achievement. Our aim is to promote high standards of personal behaviour and therefore aspects of SMSC development are planned across the curriculum and embedded in the ethos of the school.

All staff, including support staff, are involved in spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. These qualities should be evident in the way that children and adults interact throughout the school, in accordance with many other existing qualities.

Spiritual Development

This area relates to the beliefs, feelings and emotions through which children acquire worthwhile insights into their own lives and all areas of the curriculum may contribute to the children’s’ spiritual development.

Although education and spiritual development are not synonymous, religious education can make a significant contribution to spiritual development.

At Darrick Wood the children will be provided with opportunities to develop their spiritual understanding by experiencing a curriculum which will:
• Allow them to develop a range of personal values, which may include a religious belief
• Allow them to consider the deeper meanings in familiar features of the natural world and their own experiences – develop a sense of curiosity through reflection on their own and other people’s lives and beliefs
• Enable children to use imagination and creativity in their learning
• Develop their self-esteem and self-knowledge and belief in themselves
• Encourage the development of relationships and the need to show empathy for others
• Allow them to express themselves in a variety of ways and give them time to reflect on their own experiences
• Explore the values of others for example in stories, drama, music, art and religious education
• Allow them to understand, express, use and control feelings and emotions
• Explore and encourage respect for beliefs of other people in the school and the wider community


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