St. Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

We Value All in the Name of Jesus the Christ

SMSC

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development at St Joseph’s

Here at St Joseph’s we are very fortunate that our nominated Governor for SMSC is our Parish Priest, Fr Andrew Cole.  He works alongside the staff to ensure that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children is of the highest priority.  He is a regular visitor to school and enjoys hosting our celebration assemblies or even afternoon tea.

Spiritual

  • The school has a strong supportive Christian ethos where pupils can be individuals, develop respect for others and be respected themselves. Christian values underpin all aspects of the school’s work
  • We offer pupils the opportunity to develop a sense of purpose based on agreed Christian Values
  • Pupils are encouraged to be reflective during collective worship and in R.E and PSHE lessons
  • The school follows the Nottingham Diocese syllabus (Come and SEE) for R.E and this is supported by other curriculum areas
  • Celebration assembly enables pupils to share and celebrate their and other pupil’s, successes and achievements.
  • Celebrating talents allows pupils to develop a sense of self
  • Pupils take part in prayer and are helped to reflect on how biblical messages are relevant to their lives today
  • Pupils visit special places e.g. Corpus Christi Church, St Mary’s Church. We have a rich and varied curriculum and seek to develop creative and imaginative responses to art and music. Pupils are encouraged to explore and develop that which animates them
  • During the school day there is time for peace, happiness, tranquillity with mindful colouring and meditation

Moral

  • A clear moral code provides the basis for behaviour and this is promoted consistently through all aspects of school life by our mission statement ‘We value all in the name of Jesus the Christ’
  • Policies and curriculum planning provide opportunities for children to explore questions of right and wrong and explore moral codes.
  • Pupils and staff discuss the outcomes and consequences of actions
  • Pupils regularly raise funds for related charities and understand what is happening in other parts of the world
  • Pupils feel comfortable to express their views and show good sportsmanship
  • Children participate in community projects such as the blessing of the crib, carol singing in care homes.
  • The school environment, through display etc., reinforces the values of the school community
  • School rules, rewards and sanctions are clearly defined and understood
  • Staff and older children act as role models during everyday life
  • We teach the difference between right and wrong and adults consistently model, through the quality of relationships in school, fairness, integrity, justice, respect and conflict resolution
  • Class rules are drawn up by the children and teacher at the beginning of the year
  • Code of conducts are used for internet safety and bullying and shared with parents

Social

  • We foster a sense of community and our pupils are tolerant and respectful of difference. We promote equality
  • We take opportunities to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Among others, we support, Children in Need, CAFOD, and Christian Aid
  • New pupils adjust well to the school and are firmly accepted by their classmates
  • We develop our pupils’ leadership skills and give them opportunities to exercise responsibility: for example through the School Council, Sports  Leaders, CLIC team, Mini Vinnies, Chaplaincy and Junior Librarians
  • Buddy schemes – children in Year 6 are buddies to children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 in order to help them at lunchtimes and playtimes
  • Children in Y6 are buddies with children in Year 2 to support them with their reading
  • Sports leaders – several children are trained in playground leadership – they promote fair play and introduce games to the children at break times
  • School Council – meet weekly to look at ways to improve our school
  • A range of afterschool clubs are offered and are usually oversubscribed
  • Residential trips are offered in upper KS2 to promote positive corporate experiences
  • Pupils join with other pupils from local schools to participate in sports contests and collaborate in teams to compete against other clusters of schools

Cultural

  • Termly International Days allow pupils the opportunity to explore their own cultural assumptions and values
  • We have links with a school in Ghana
  • We recognise and nurture pupils’ particular gifts and talents. All are encouraged to be the best that they can be
  • We provide opportunities for pupils to participate in literature, drama, music, art, crafts and other cultural events and encourage pupils to reflect on their significance
  • We develop partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness, for example, theatre, museum, concert and gallery visits, resident artists and writer’s workshops
  • We reinforce the school’s cultural values through displays, posters, exhibitions etc
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