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Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

 

Key themes which run through more than one area:-

  • Comprehensive plans for assemblies and daily reflection support children’s wider development. Children have opportunities to reflect on a ‘thought of the week’.
  • Stanhope is working towards the recognition that it is working towards becoming a rights respecting school.  We expect to have this recognition by the end of March 2015.  Children and staff are encouraged weekly to think about and reflect on a different article under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  A committee of key members has been formulated to drive forward this area.
  • Stanhope has a Clinical Psychologist who works one day per week who supports key children and helps us as an organisation to improve our inclusive practices and implement our ethos, vision and values.  Children experiencing key challenges in their lives have one-to-one counselling through Place2Be and on two days per week children who are experiencing friendship issue can talk these through with a trained counsellor at Place2Talk
  • Stanhope was the first Primary School in Ealing to have trained Cyber Mentors who can support children who are worried about playground friends.  We are in the process of formulating an E-safety committee which includes a Governor.
  • Children and pupil voice is at the heart of what we do at Stanhope.  Democratic processes are followed in school with school council /class council /debates.  School council have visited city hall and are booked to visit the Houses of Parliament and the Mayor of London’s question time.  A set of trained playground friends operates during lunchtime play to help include all children.  The head boy /girl are a true part of the leadership team in the school and advice is sought on matter that effect children.  For example they have attended initial meetings with contractors to discuss redevelopment of the playground.

 

Social Development

  • High quality lamda communication curriculum develops communication, speaking and listening skills;
  • Targeted interventions support social skills development e.g. special HLTA works 20 hours per week delivering Speech and Language programmes, art social skills group Y2, lego therapy research based communication programme taught
  • The choir annually visit Elderly care home at Christmas to sing carols, performed at Westfield shopping centre and sang Christmas carols outside Cancer Research shop to raise funds for Cancer research.
  • A rich curriculum and approach to teaching and learning encourages a collaborative, team working ethos in both core and non-core subjects. The DT blocked projects based curriculum encourages working together e.g.Y6 take part annually in a BAA facilitated technology project.
  • A rich Personal, Health, Social curriculum supports social and moral development.
  • The school has a democratic ethos with children encouraged to listen to one another’s views and respect each other’s rights.

 

Spiritual Development

  • A rich curriculum encourages children to develop awe and wonder for the world around them and to reflect on their place within it.  Planned curriculum days enable children to reflect on and achieve deeper, more meaningful learning in a range of areas.
  • Children are encouraged to reflect on the different possible outcomes and approach situations with kindness and curiosity.
  • Children are encouraged to have high aspirations.
  • A range of key religious festivals are celebrated in the school.
  • Reception children reflect on and watch the birth of real life through following the life cycle of butterflies annually using a school butterfly kit.
  • Children are encouraged to enter a range of competitions some of which involve reflection.  The ‘What’s in my box?’ competition was very successful with many children across the school producing a box of things that reflect their personality and culture.
  • During high quality RE lessons, which follow the Ealing syllabus, teachers use higher order questioning which encourages children to reflect on spirituality.
  • Children are encouraged to reflect on the wonder of nature in the school garden.
  • Children reflect on the good work of others through the weekly good works assembly.

 

Moral Development

  • Children are given opportunities to reflect on the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Stanhope has an excellent behaviour policy which puts children at the heart of the school with clear rewards, rules and consequences.  Children tell us that the behaviour policy helps them behave well.
  • Children who have made a choice that is not good, when playing at lunchtime, are asked to go to the reflection room to think about what they did, and how they can improve in the future
  • The school has a comprehensive Personal, Health and Social curriculum which enables children to develop high moral standards.
  • The community police and fire service have visited the school and children are encouraged to think about how important these jobs are and how we are helped by key people in key jobs.
  • An annual careers day is planned for June 2015 where children will learn about the different jobs that contribute to society and how people make a difference.
  • We working closely with the Ealing healthy schools team to develop some children as health champions within the school.
  • Children have regular E-safety lessons and assemblies are encouraged to behave well online.

 

Cultural

  • Stanhope Primary School has many links with other school communities.  Year 6 children visit Dormers Wells High School to take place in maths master classes.  Year 5 high attaining maths pupils took part in a maths project during the Summer term 2014 at Cardinal Wiseman School.  Year 5 children have visited William Perkin High School to take part in a 3 day science project this year.  We are currently being linked to a school in Pakistan through connecting classrooms and have applied for the international school bronze award.
  • Our application for the arts mark is currently with the organisation who award it.
  • We have specialist art, music and physical education teachers.  Children take part in a diverse range of events.  The choir perform annually at a choir concert St Barnabas church in Ealing.  They only Ealing Primary Schools who performed in two Operas alongside professional Opera Singers (October 2014 Noyes’s Fludde, October 2015 Galileo!) as part of the Ealing Music Festival.  They opened the Greenford Carnival on the main stage and have sung at a local home for the elderly, Westfield shopping centre and outside Cancer Research in Greenford.  They also composed a set of songs working with local songwriter Keith Ford.  Children attend a range of sporting competitions across Ealing.  Children are able to attend choir club, art club and film club as well as various sporting clubs.
  • The school holds regularly events to celebrate the diverse range of cultures of children who attend the school.  We have held an international coffee morning as part of an international curriculum day and have plans for an international food and performance evening.  Children celebrate different languages through the ‘language of the month’.