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Windlesham Village Infant School

Windlesham Village Infant School

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education ​​​​​​​

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education 

At Windlesham Village Infant School, we believe in educating the whole child. This means that we look to promote the children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.  We do this through our daily interactions with the children, as well as our planned curriculum. We teach and promote a different value each half-term. 

Values 

At Windlesham Village Infant School we provide a values-based education for the children. We work on developing principles that guide children’s positive attitudes and behaviour, which will, in turn, support them in becoming citizens and develop them into self-disciplined, active learners.  Ultimately, we are laying the foundations so that we support our pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and values they will need to function effectively as global, national and local citizens. The values we promote are: Respect; Friendship; Happiness; Courage; Cooperation; Appreciation 

We promote 6 key values in school and focus on one each half-term. This means that for every year that the children are at our school, each child is introduced to, and gets an understanding of, the core values that will set them up for life. These values live through the behaviours that we encourage and that the staff model at school. We bring them to life through weekly assemblies and learning activities to help the children understand and demonstrate these values. Children who show us that they understand and demonstrate these values well are rewarded with recognition certificates as part of our Celebration Assemblies. 

Trick Box 

From September 2021, we will be introducing the Trick Box programme to structure our teaching of personal, social and emotional development. We believe it will help us to enable the children to develop personal skills such as listening, negotiation and expressing their emotions in an appropriate way.  

We organise special days throughout the academic year which may raise awareness of issues, allow the children to practise key skills, develop team-building skills, have fun together or raise money for a charity or cause. These have included, most recently: “Lots of Socks!” day for Down’s Syndrome; Super Hero Day for Comic Relief; Camo Day for ssafa.    

We draw on the cultural diversity within our school and celebrate our difference. We learn about different faiths and festivals throughout the year. This is supported by our RE teaching. 

We hold a Weekly Vote in class to encourage discussion of differing viewpoints, promoting acceptance that we all see the world differently. The topics under debate are wide-ranging. 

We promote resilience and responsibility. We involve the children in key tasks throughout the day, such as keeping our classrooms tidy, helping to serve at the salad bar at lunchtime, setting up the cups for lunch, collecting our daily fruit and milk, signalling the end of playtime and lunchtime and helping each other. Our pupils act as envoys of our school at events, such as the Remembrance Day Service. We look to engage with the views of our pupils through the School Council, who give us feedback.