Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development
Children are unique individuals and we strive to develop the whole child by nurturing their talents, developing a love for learning, promoting mutual respect and encouraging a sense of responsibility for our world. The way in which promote a supportive and hardworking community where everyone is valued is just as much a part of our curriculum as the specific subjects taught.
We follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus for the teaching of RE, and there is a balance between learning about belief and learning from others. Collective worship also takes place each day. Children are given opportunities to reflect and to think about key values and morals, often through the use of stories, images or music. The Governors have agreed that, in accordance with the law, withdrawal from collective worship, i.e. school assemblies and religious education lessons, should only take place as a result of a request by a child's parents and for this to take place only after we have had an opportunity to discuss the reasons with the parents concerned.
We seek to create a happy and creative environment in in which everyone is valued. Parents and carers are welcome to accompany their children in to school at the start of the day if they wish to do so. A calm environment is created in each classroom as pupils enter, and music plays as the children begin an introductory activity. A programme of timetabled support for individuals and groups of children is provided by the nurture team throughout the week. The calm environment of our Sunshine Room provides space during lessons, and at lunch time, for children to complete learning activities as required. Our social club and calm club also provide opportunities for pupils at lunchtimes.
We use the principles of restorative practice in order to help children to resolve conflicts and to take responsibility for their own actions. This is an important element of our behaviour policy at The Meadows. Staff and children use 'circles' throughout the day to discuss issues and our team of trained peer mediators supports children during play sessions.
We are proud to be able to work with Lincolnshire Police and our local PSCO, Denise Carter, in implemeting Mini Police at The Meadows! Children have opportunities to learn about working together to create a safe and happy place to learn, and one of our recent tasks has been to help to promote traffic safety near our school. Assemblies involving our team of mini police, and also our road safety officers, help children to reflect on acknowledging and obeying rules, consequences and keeping each other safe.
There is a requirement for schools to promote the principles of British Values, and these link well with our aim to develop a respectful, happy school community where everyone is valued. British Values teaching takes place within specific sessions - for example, within a planned circle-time discussion about an important issue - and within other lessons - for instance, during an RE lesson about the beliefs and practices of a particular people group. We believe that this:
- enables students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence
- enables students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of the UK.
- encourages students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely
- enables students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in the UK.
- seeks to further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures
- encourages respect for other people
- encourages respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in the UK.