Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education
At Coombe Road we strive to provide thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of our pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme and Religious Education Scheme of Work support our school to meet our statutory duties ‘to promote the well-being of pupils at the school’ and to ensure that we have a broad and balanced curriculum that:
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school
- Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Our topics help pupils develop an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions as well as those of others in other parts of the world and at other times. They develop an appreciation of the diversity and richness of their own and others' cultures.
Pupils' spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self. Our Religious Education lessons support their ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life. Educational visits to religious places and engaging with visitors from a wide range of faiths encourage their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
Our curriculum engenders in pupils a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them through its focus on the use of imagination and creativity in their learning. Collaborative learning opportunities across the curriculum help pupils to develop a willingness to reflect on their learning and experiences.
Pupils' moral development involves them recognising right and wrong, respecting the law and understanding consequences. Our Golden Values are central to this learning as is our promotion of 'empathy'. Regular Circle Time is conducted where the children are actively supported to explore the school’s Golden Values and promote the emotional literacy that underpins Coombe Road Primary School’s restorative approach to behaviour (see Behaviour Management Policy). It also provides opportunities for pupils to offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues thus developing their ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) is a prime area of the curriculum and therefore is always a key area of focus.
The development of social skills is central to the learning opportunities at Coombe Road. Pupils are able to work and learn in all manner of collaborative groupings from adopting science officer roles, to solving context-based mathematical problems, competing together in House sports' competitions and training Playground Buddies. They develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.
Pupils acquire an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being a member of society through:
- our House system,
- the development and adoption of class charters,
- following our Golden Values, our 'Eco' work,
- school council
- economic education - including Lloyd Bank volunteers (Financial Literacy)
- links with the local community e.g. Into University with University of Sussex, Albion in the Community, Lloyds Reading Volunteers, Visits from the Fire Service etc.
- engaging in national and local fundraising events e.g. Children in Need, Sport Relief
Our pupils’ cultural development is shown by their understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others. This is primarily learned through our exciting integrated topics that allow pupils to explore national curriculum objectives in fun and exciting ways. They participate in local, cultural events such as Let's Dance, the UK's largest celebration of youth dance, The Children's Parade as part of the Brighton Festival, Moulsecoomb's Heritage Festival, the annual Christmas production and numerous sporting opportunities both in school and outside.
Our curriculum fosters an interest in pupils exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity.
To read more about the school's Ethos and Values, Visit 'About Us' > 'Ethos and Values'