Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) development supports Downs View Infant School’s Mission Statement and school values. It encourages creativity, enquiry, independence, responsibility and self-awareness which prepares children for their future to become respectful individuals, life-long learners and active citizens in society.
By working towards our values “Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun”. We seek to promote a caring, compassionate and fair environment within which all pupils are valued and enabled to flourish. We facilitate this by fostering the values of Friendship, Kindness, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility and Creativity. Emphasis is placed on the traditional values of hard work and self-discipline. Pupils are encouraged to exercise a measure of personal responsibility for their own learning through ever developing personal targets across the whole curriculum.
The delivery of the curriculum is underpinned by these values and is delivered predominantly through good quality texts. The School Council, consisting of pupils elected from each class, provides a forum for pupils to contribute to the decision-making process in the school. Aspects of personal, social and health education and religious education within the curriculum provide pupils with opportunities to develop spiritually and morally in a supportive atmosphere. Spiritual and moral themes are also explored in regular whole-school and class assemblies.
British Values at Downs View Infant School
In 2011, the government defined British Values as:
democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
We promote these values through our mission statement, school vision, curriculum and enrichment activities which supports our commitment to developing the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Our commitment to promoting British values is constantly evolving and changing as a reflection of the children within our school.
Please look at the attached documents to find out how we promote and support the children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development as well as their understanding of British Values.