Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
At Crown Wood Primary School, we provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive, caring attitude towards others, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity of other cultures.
All curriculum areas contribute to a child’s SMSC development and opportunities for this are planned in each unit of work (e.g. through the International Mindedness’ aspect of the International Primary Curriculum). A particular emphasis on SMSC development, however, is included in Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship, Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship, Art and Design, Music and Languages.
All adults model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families. The integrity and spirituality of other faith backgrounds are respected and explored. Children learn to differentiate between right and wrong and to understand the consequences of their actions. They are encouraged to value themselves and others. Children begin to understand their rights and responsibilities and the need to respect others. We are sensitive to the needs and backgrounds of all children and are careful not to reflect gender or cultural stereotypes.
Our SMSC Policy can be downloaded here.
Religious Education (RE) and Collective Worship
Religious Education in Crown Wood Primary School is predominantly to develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions, as stated in the Bracknell Forest Agreed Syllabus.
The Education Reform Act (1988) and Education Act (1993) require schools to have a "daily act of collective worship" which should be:
- "of a broadly Christian character [...] which reflects the broad traditions of Christian belief"
- "not [...] be distinctive of any particular Christian denomination."
However, it is "open to a school to have acts of worship that are [also] broadly in the tradition of another religion."
Consequently, while most acts of collective worship in the school are Christian, we also celebrate and mark important festivals and dates of the other religions represented in the school.
We respect the fact that parents have their own beliefs and cultures and that they might wish to pursue the question of religious education in their own homes or places of worship. With this in mind, all parents have the right to withdraw their child from formal R.E. lessons and collective worship if they so wish. Please contact the Headteacher if you would like to discuss this issue.