SMSC is central to our teaching, learning and nurturing here at High Halden. In every learning opportunity is a chance to develop spirituality, moral awareness, social skills and cultural appreciation. Each term we think about how we can provide these opportunities and nurture each child as a whole person.
As a Church of England School we believe that developing the spirituality of a child is vital. However, we don’t focus purely on the Christian idea of spirituality. We nurture awe and wonder in our children and encourage them to marvel aloud at things that astound them.
At High Halden, we teach the children the importance of discussing their behaviour and the effect it has on others. As a result, the children have a good moral compass and are able to discuss moral issues maturely with their peers. As a Church of England primary school, our moral basis is taken from the teachings of Jesus Christ and our school values. We enjoy discussing the concepts of right and wrong with the children and they are able to talk about their own opinions in these areas as well as linking their understanding of right and wrong to their own behaviour and the behaviour of those around them.
The development of the children’s social skills is moved on at every opportunity. The children are very involved in community of our school as well as the wider community; working with local and global charities and organisations to raise money and awareness of a variety of needs. Within social development we teach and use the process of democracy, voting for representatives on the Pupil Governing Board as well as giving their opinions for future topics and curriculum changes. Within our social development we also look closely at being safe online; learning about what we share and how we behave online, and what to do if anything happens online that we don't understand or are unsure about.
At the heart of cultural development lies the necessity to develop a sense of personal identity, whilst at the same time acquiring awareness, understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others. We aim to provide an understanding of cultural traditions and heritage and the ability to appreciate and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities.