Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At Sunnyfields, we have a holistic approach to learning that aims to expand and nurture each child’s academic and personal development. By embedding the aspects of SMSC throughout our curriculum, we aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Opportunities to promote pupils’ development in these areas are provided in religious education, whole school assemblies, themed days, circle time and through cross-curricular PSHE sessions. We also encourage all of our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class & school councils, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in community activities.

Spiritual development:

This is the development of a sense of identity, belonging, self-worth, meaning and purpose. Children are able to develop their own personality and have respect for different people’s feelings and values. They are continuously encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning, and to reflect on their experiences.

At Sunnyfields this learning is evidenced through:
• Using Building Learning Power (BLP) to develop independent learners with a growth mindset.
• Through celebration and achievement assemblies, where children are valued for their individual talents and personalities.
• Providing children with the opportunity to learn about different religions through our RE curriculum so that they gain a deeper understanding of spirituality, respect and tolerance.
• Providing children with various opportunities to reflect – whether it is during assemblies, on their own behaviour during ‘Reflection Time’ or reflecting on their own learning through self and peer-assessment. 
• As a Rights Respecting School (RRS) we promote children’s rights in school by ensuring that our students become aware of their rights in the classroom and beyond.


Moral development:

This is about acquiring an understanding of right and wrong, and being able to apply this understanding within and outside school.  Moral development also includes pupils’ appreciation that different people hold different views and values on subjects, and being able to articulate their own opinions. Children understand society’s values and develop their understanding of the consequences of their actions which will then encourage them to make reasoned decisions.

At Sunnyfields this learning is evidenced through:
• Promoting the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
• In depth discussion of various values and rights during whole school assemblies.
• Reflection Time – where children are able to reflect on and discuss their behaviour and the impact it has on others.
• E-safety days and follow up lessons on making choices online
• The use of circle time and other cross-curricular PSHE sessions to explore issues within the classroom and/or school environment.


Social development:

This is the development of pupils’ ability to work collaboratively with each other and participate successfully in the community as a whole. Pupils develop skills that are necessary to be able to problem solve, resolve conflicts and to create successful relationships.

At Sunnyfields this learning is evidenced through:
• Electing playground mediators and playground pals to help children resolve conflicts swiftly and fairly.
• A buddy system to provide children with peer to peer support.
• Using BLP and talk partners to promote collaborative learning.
• Whole school circle time sessions where children work collaboratively with others across all ages and abilities.
• Working collaboratively with neighbouring schools to deliver workshops
• Providing a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs.
• The flexible use of additional adults to provide guidance and support where necessary.


Cultural development:

This is the development of pupils’ understanding and appreciation of their own and others’ cultures and beliefs.  Pupils develop an understanding and respect for cultural diversity and reflect this in their attitudes and behaviours around school and within the wider community.

At Sunnyfields this learning is evidenced through:
• The celebration of diversity within our school assemblies.
• Themed days/weeks such as our ‘International Day’
• The use of Literacy texts from different cultures, countries and religion
• By exploring countries from around the world in topic.
• Delivering assemblies which reflect various religious celebrations.
• Adopting strong links with local places of worship as part of the RE curriculum.