SMSC in Nursery Class

Date: 2nd Nov 2017 @ 12:36pm

Spiritual   Moral   Social  Cultural 

 

We recognise that the personal development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of the cultures.

All curriculum areas within the EYFS have a contribution to make to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum. All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing compassion and respect for pupils and their families.

As children start in our EYFS they will learn that it is a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves. Children should learn to differentiate between right and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. A key part of starting in EYFS is learning about this. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others. Children should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for the good of everyone. Nursery rules should reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements. This is continued as children move into Reception and start to learn all of our special whole school rules. All curriculum areas should seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible. This will be reflected in staff’s planning and purchasing decisions.

Spiritual Development as an EYFS setting

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.

Moral Development as an EYFS setting

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.

Social Development as an EYFS setting

We aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.

Begin to understand the need for social justice and a concern for the disadvantaged.

Cultural Development as an EYFS setting

We aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influenced individuals and society. 

Recognise Christianity as a world-wide faith.

 Develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment.

Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.

Teaching and Organisation within the EYFS Development in SMSC will take place across all areas of learning, within activities that encourage pupils to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning, reflect on the significance of what they are learning, and to recognise any challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle. All curriculum areas should seek illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible.

 

Group discussions and circle time will give pupils opportunities to:

Talk about personal experiences and feelings.

Express and clarify their own ideas and beliefs.

Speak about difficult events, e.g. bullying, death etc.

Share thoughts and feelings with other people.

Explore relationships with friends/family/others.

Consider others needs and behaviour.

Show empathy.

Develop self-esteem and a respect for others.

Develop a sense of belonging.

Develop the skills and attitudes that enable pupils to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally – e.g. empathy, respect, open mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness, etc.

 

Provide opportunities to:

Listen and talk to each other.

Learn an awareness of treating all as equals, and accepting people who are different.

Agree and disagree.

 Take turns and share equipment.

Work co-operatively and collaboratively.

 

Links with the wider community in EYFS:

Visitors are welcomed into EYFS.

Links with the Church are fostered.

The development of a strong home-school link is regarded as very important, enabling parents and staff to work in an effective partnership to support the child.

Children will be taught to appreciate their local environment and to develop a sense of responsibility to it. This includes helping to care for our garden areas. 

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