Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development including British Values

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils including the development of understanding of modern British Values is intertwined with our school motto SCARF that is threaded throughout the curriculum and pastoral work of the school to support all children to thrive academically and personally.

Spiritual Development

The curriculum at Allerton is planned to build children’s capacity to imagine, reflect, create and enjoy the fascination of learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

Developing understanding and awareness of other people's lives as we marked Remembrance Day in whole school assembly with poppies each child in school had made.

George Williams our local vicar leading an assembly about ambition and making career choices

Working with local artist Sue Clay

Enjoying drawing together

Learning to care about and respect for other peoples’ feelings, values, faith and belief is at the heart of our work and is planned into many areas of our curriculum especially English, RE, Geography, PSHCE, History and assembly.

The reindeer visit last Christmas created a moment of awe and wonder for everyone in school. We were able to see the reindeer close up and the visit prompted writing from every child in school

Moral Development

We take every opportunity we can to equip our children to be thoughtful, active, caring citizens in school and wider society.

Thinking of and caring for others at Harvest is an important part of wearing SCARF at Allerton as we collected for a local project for people in Bradford.

The way we thread SCARF into pastoral and curriculum work supports our children to gain a deep understanding of right and wrong and the importance of values, morals and positive choices in life to keep themselves safe. 

                          

Working together to solve a problem 

Coram Life Education

Our curriculum continually offers opportunities to think and debate big questions in a considered way and show respect for other’s ideas and points of view.  

Working together on a project

Social Development

We deliberately create a wide range of contexts for our children to work, collaborate and socialise with other children including our work on the Schools Linking programme, our clubs and the opportunities we create for children to support other children in school such as Paired Reading and Playground Friends.

Early weeks in Reception working alongside one another developing social skills

Our group of assembly visitors from a range of faiths model as a group friendliness and respect for individuality and diversity and the stories they share build values and social understanding. 

Lunchtimes at Allerton are carefully planned to develop social skills often working with others in the outdoor environments. This display by our Play Team show a few of the activities our children enjoyed last year.

 

Cultural Development

Over time our curriculum builds an authentic and meaningful understanding and appreciation of culture staring with themselves and others in school and extending beyond their own experience as an essential preparation for their future.

We had a fantastic cultural opportunity to sing with the BBC and Look North's Harry Grasham came to hear us sing. This photo shows all the children who chose to be part of the Allerton choir with Look North presenter Harry

African Zulu Dancers

 

Postcards from India

Books, stories, educational visits and visitors and lessons across the curriculum foster this fascination in learning to understand and respect diversity locally, nationally, globally. 

Places of worship

Developing an understanding of British Institutions including the monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth II Longest serving monarch

Democracy

Pupils at Allerton Primary School develop an early concept of democracy through the School Council, at which elected class members represent their peers. Pupil Voice has impacted visibly on recent school improvements such as the cooking kitchen, lunchtime routines and the development of playground activities. Pupils can see the influence of pupils' views on the school decision making process.

School Council

Election for School Council

Pupils develop a first-hand understanding of British democratic processes in the course of their work on the Local Community, in which pupils visited City Hall and met the Lord Mayor.

City Hall visit

 Our Curriculum gives repeated opportunities for pupils to explore the concept of democracy, from Ancient Greece to different forms of Government in Past, Present and Future and even engaging in their own election. War time Germany, Suffragettes and Nelson Mandela's experiences in Apartheid South Africa raises awareness of periods in recent world history where democratic rights have been compromised and the impact this has had on the lives of individuals and groups in society.

Debating

Voting

Our pupils know their individual voice and opinions matter to us and that adults listen carefully to their ideas, thoughts and concerns. Children’s views impact on and shape our plans and we believe this builds their understanding of life in a democracy where everyone’s views count.

The Big Questions that we like to ask:

  • Does getting what you want always make you happier?
  • Is it right for some people to be richer than others?

Rule of Law

SCARF represents our values of Safety, Caring, Achievement, Respect and Friendliness. Pupils live our values every day and wear our SCARF with pride. You can't always see it, but it is always there. School rules are clearly understood by pupils and are reinforced by SCARF and by a consistently applied whole school behaviour policy.

Our school, our SCARF

Year 6 Individual Class Rules

Year 3 Individual Class Rules

All pupils are involved in the negotiation of individual classroom rules at the start of each year, when the rationale behind rules is explored, along with a discussion of consequences in the event of rules not being observed. This process is reinforced in PSHCE lessons. Our pupils learn that scarf is for everyone - adults and children alike - and we link this to the idea that the rule of law applies to everyone in a country.                                                                                                                                                                           An appreciation of the rule of law in society is cultivated through visitors, eg community police workers, themed assemblies and the curriculum of Ancient Greece.

In September as part of their work exploring the democratic value of individual liberty Year 5 analysed the meaning of this picture from the book 'We are all born free.' They concluded that the message is ' the sunflowers are like the law, shining on everyone equally who ever they are. that the law is the same for everyone, equally protecting men, women, old and young, who follow different faiths or none.'

 

The Big Questions that we like to ask:

  • Is stealing always wrong?
  • Is it important for people to behave as we expect them to?

Individual Liberty

 The school ethos of SCARF reinforces the rights of all pupils to exist in a safe environment where they are free to learn.

PSHCE teaching develops an understanding of pupils' rights and the increasing entitlement to self-determination in their lives, linked to an awareness of the responsibility to respect the rights of others.

The curriculum allows the study of key historical events, for example during Black History Week and Remembrance Day Commemorations, develops an understanding of the preciousness of individual liberty and the sacrifices that have been made in its name. 

All about ME!

SCARF

What I see

What SCARF means to me

 The Big Questions that we like to ask:

  • Which is more important: What we say or how we say it?
  • What is the hardest thing that could be asked of you?

Respect for Diversity

Celebration of diversity is at the forefront of our curriculum, with pupils of all ages introduced to the richness and variety of world culture through our curriculum which develops an increasing respect for difference. Curriculum work is enriched by our themes on Ghana in Africa and school linking where we share cultural experiences with our pupils.

Showing respect

 

 

The RE curriculum and assemblies introduce pupils to the beliefs and celebrations of different faith groups. Each week Leaders from the different faith groups take the assembly together with an approach that explores the commonality of human experiences along side a respect for difference.  Through the curriculum we have established planned visits for each year group to visit different places of worships across the year. We also welcome visitors into school on a regular basis.

Our programme of residential visits includes Nell bank, Ingleborough Hall and London, which extends personal experience of the rich diversity of contemporary Britain, alongside repeated visits beyond the immediate vicinity of the school community of Allerton and Bradford.

The Big Questions that we like to ask:

  • Can you tell what kind of person someone is from how they look?
  • Can we choose what type of person we are?

 

School Linking - Getting to know each other

School Linking - Working together