Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is actively promoted within and beyond the curriculum. Children learn to respect others with different beliefs, faiths or cultural background and have opportunities to share and develop ideas about their own belief system and values through assemblies, and through the curriculum, particularly through Religious Education and Personal, Social, Health. The School prides itself on its inclusive ethos. Children are encouraged to approach their learning with a sense of curiosity, imagination and responsibility, reflecting on their experiences and showing interest in the world around them.
Assemblies are planned throughout the week which often involve the whole school meeting together and an opportunity for children to reflect on spiritual, moral, social or cultural issues presented through stories, music, poetry, drama etc. Achievement assembly on a Friday is a special end to the week. These assemblies celebrate the contribution individuals have made to the School and wider community.
The PSHE curriculum ensures pupils develop their understanding of morality and the social skills to engage in learning; the code of conduct based on values is well understood, with children aware of consequences and able to co-operate and collaborate with one another.
Opportunities for pupils to take responsibility and contribute to the wider community are provided initially in class and later, as pupils grow older, through the School Council, buddy system and roles such as school council membership, sport and Eco council. Children also develop awareness of society outside school through visits and visitors that broaden their experience and understanding of the curriculum and the community.
The School embraces its diverse culture, and the opportunities available to a Oxfordshire school to participate in cultural opportunities, through visits to museums, places of worship, parks and farms, workshops led by artists or theatre groups and wide ranging sporting and musical opportunities including festivals and concerts held locally and in venues such as Dorchester Abbey.
As part of our film study of ‘Kirikou’ in July, Year 6 had fun creating French poems. The film is based on a West African folk tale. The score of the film was created by Youssou D’Nour, a Senegalese musician, so we used the African drums to create the rhythms.