Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Education
At Meadow Primary School, we commit to providing a learning experience which enables our pupils to develop a good self-awareness, healthy mind, a strong identity as a local and global citizens, and the critical thinking skills required to be able to contribute positively to their diverse and ever-changing world.
We believe that education should be holistic by placing the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils, at the centre of our provision.
For these reasons, we treat Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education as an ethos, rather than a subject, that is taught and threaded throughout our pupils’ school experience to ensure current and relevant issues are explored and strong links are made between the children’s own experiences and those of others.
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
The Meadow team have carefully considered the subjects that impact greatly on our pupils’ lives and have developed a thematic approach to delivering SMSC lessons based on these subjects.
Each theme has been planned to ensure progression throughout the school. Each theme is launched by individual class teachers and most themes use picture books to introduce subject matters in a child friendly, accessible way.
Teachers then deliver lessons that explore the theme through critical enquiry and a ‘Philosophy for Children (P4C)’ approach.
The themes covered within discrete lessons are:
- No Outsiders In Our School: Anti-bullying, celebrating difference & challenging prejudice.
- People who inspire us: Researching a range of inspirational people
- Britain & Diversity: Examining children’s perceptions of Britain and who lives here.
- Equality: Embracing difference and ensuring fairness (all protected characteristics plus poverty)
- Drugs & Alcohol: Following the Christopher Winter scheme.
- Mental Health: My Happy Mind programme
- British/Human Values: Monarchy, political systems in the UK, democracy, rule of law, liberty and mutual respect for others’ beliefs.
- Knocking down stereotypes: Exploring gender stereotypes and the importance of being yourself.
- World’s Largest Lesson: Examining the Sustainable Development Goals
- More in Common: Exploring and challenging perceptions of Asylum Seekers, Refugees & Migrants.
We also weave Global Dimension themes throughout our curriculum and link learning to real-life contexts. We engage children and teach them how to become empowered to shape and develop their own world and futures. We write for a real purpose in literacy, lending our voices to global causes, and actively promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child through our RRSA Parliament group.
We record much of our learning using iMovie. Have a look at some of the learning that has been taking place.
Ellesmere Port Project
Children visited the residents of Astbury Lodge nursing home to find out more about their town.
I Walk With Vanessa
People Who Inspire Us
People Who Inspire Us
Meadow Primary School took a lead in the 'Adrift' project which involved a network of primary schools, working together to breakdown stereotypes. Children examined the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. They looked at reasons that people seek asylum, and discussed the labels that these people are given along their journey. They related the project to themes such as 'home', 'hope' and 'humanity'. All year groups created artwork relating to the project.
How to Heal a Broken Wing
The Invisible Boy
Britain & Diversity
Exploring the Windrush experience
My World, Your World
From garden to Foodbank
Mrs Bailey worked with a variety of children to grow vegetables from seed in our garden. They then delivered these to the local food bank where they were made into a delicious soup which was served in the dining room.
Literacy inspired by plastic pollution
Literacy inspired by ocean pollution
Malala's Magic Pencil
Red: A crayon's Story
People Who Inspire Us
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child
A chance to learn outdoors, problem solve, build bonds, form relationships, be independent, think critically, enrich experiences, develop social and emotional confidence, ignite passions and have FUN!
General Election 2019
Our youngest pupils explore democracy and voting in this General Election activity.