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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development at St Bernard’s

Spiritual development


At St Bernard’s our pupils are given regular opportunities to reflect on our Catholic faith and learn about the values and beliefs of other faiths. These opportunities are provided in Religious Education (RE) lessons, assemblies, visits/visitors to places of worship.. Prayer and worship play a key part in our pupils’ Catholic education. Our pupils enjoy learning about themselves, others and the world around them. This happens in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons, Geography lessons and through school celebrations such as  Remembrance Day, London 2012, Year of Mercy, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Our pupils are given the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, and how they impact on people. This underpins our Behaviour Policy and our expectations for how our children care, respect and value each other. Our pupils continually use their imagination and creativity in their learning in all subjects.


Moral development


At St Bernard’s our pupils have a good understanding of recognising the difference between right and wrong. This is reinforced through our Behaviour Policy which promotes positive behaviour. Class rules are agreed with pupils at the start of each school year and the school has six Golden Rules which every pupil is expected to follow. These are displayed throughout the school. Behaviour green stickers, certificates in assembly, class points and team points are all given to reward good behaviour and learning. Our pupils understand the consequences of their behaviour and their actions. The Catholic ethos of our school, its RE Curriculum ‘God Matters’,  values assemblies, circle time during PHSE, are used to develop our pupils’ moral values and concepts. Christ gave us a set of values as His legacy when He proclaimed the Beatitudes at His Sermon in the Mount.  As a Catholic school we have always had these values which form our school mission.  They are integral to every aspect of the life of our school. The teaching of the Catholic Church and the promotion of Gospel values are at the heart of St. Bernard’s. Christ taught us to have tolerance, be kind, love one another and to show our love for one another by respecting others.  We do this on a daily basis and British Values and Gospel Values are bound together.   


Social development


At St Bernard’s our pupils develop their social skills and are given opportunities to experience roles of responsibility, including being: school council reps, reading buddies, house team captains, and our Chaplaincy team.  Some of these are elected responsibilities and others are voluntary. We also have a buddy system whereby every new Reception child is given an older buddy that looks out for them, acts as a reading buddy and supports other learning activities when appropriate. Playground pals also take responsibility for looking after  younger children at playtime.


Our pupils also take part in PE and sports activities in teams with pupils from other year groups e.g. sports day, school games day, swimming galas, athletics tournaments, football training and matches, Y6 pupils have a week residential where they experience team work and co-operation. They also enjoy working together as they prepare for their end of year show. Our pupils have also participated in local community events, including: supporting our local food bank appeal and our choir singing Christmas carols to the elderly, and at our local Costco supermarket.


Our Catholic ethos and our positive behaviour policy ensure that our pupils are able to resolve conflicts effectively. Every class takes part in special learning activities during anti-bullying week and regular reminders are given to all children about how to respond to any type of bullying behaviour including cyber bullying. At St Bernard’s we promote British values on a daily basis.


Cultural development


At St Bernard’s our pupils understand and appreciate the cultural diversity that is represented within our school community. Parents are invited to come into their child’s class to share stories, music, dancing or art from their country of origin. Our KS2 pupils learnt to sing Silent Night in Polish, for their Christmas carol concert. Our Y6 pupils visit the Houses of Parliament in Term 1 where they learnt about our democratic parliamentary system. Our pupils are given many opportunities to participate in artistic, sporting and cultural activities. Trips to museums, and theatres support learning and promote cultural development.