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Sparkenhoe School Primary School

The Broader Curriculum that promotes Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

At Sparkenhoe School we recognise that the personal development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore provide an education that gives pupils opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their own social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. As a result of our concerted efforts to broaden pupils’ experiences and understanding, we believe that they are ready to move to the next phase of their education and lives.  This results in our pupils learning values that are fundamental to a growing and vibrant country and economy and into excellent citizens of our community.

All curriculum areas have a contribution to make to a pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this are planned in each area of the curriculum.  In addition to this, we hold festival days to celebrate significant religious events, local, national and international days and PHSE days.  This is further enhanced by visits and residential trips linked to different areas of our curriculum.

Our festival days cover the values, principles and spirituality of most faith backgrounds and occur at the times of the year when these special days are being celebrated across our city, country and the world.  The diversity of spiritual traditions is recognised and pupils are given access to different points of view.


RE- Festival Day Special Assemblies

Festival day

Year Group

Diwali

Year 4

Remembrance

Year 6

Nativity

Foundation 2

Creation stories

Year 2

Easter

Year 3

Vaisakhi

Year 1

Eid Ul Fitr / Eid Ul Adha

Year 5

 

Our school prides itself in celebrating the cultures, values and traditions of the world around us whether locally, nationally or globally.  The global event held every summer term consists of an enterprise project where each year group is given the opportunity to run a small business.  From a small starting budget, the children research, plan, make, market and sell their own products and produce to our parent body.  We believe that this provides them with some real life skills that are linked to the core subjects of the National Curriculum – providing the children with a chance to apply their knowledge and understanding practically.

Focused PHSE days allow our pupils to develop their own knowledge about the world around them and their sense of self.  Topics include e-safety, healthy living workshops, anti-bullying activities and how to keep safe in the modern world.  As a result our pupils are aware of their place in the world, how to keep safe and healthy and how to make and maintain friendships – all key life skills that set them up for the next stages in life’s journey.

We provide a range of extra-curricular opportunities that are available for our pupils to enjoy. We have a long history of running numerous visits and residential trips and we remain committed to providing these opportunities.  Destinations include residential trips to Kingswood in Staffordshire and camping in the local countryside. This year, we will be undertaking our first trip overseas to France.  We also have numerous trips and visits, locally and nationally including a whole school community trip to the seaside and visits to local parks, museums and places of historical significance.  We also augment our curriculum with visits from a range of significant people including religious leaders, emergency service providers, healthcare professionals and personalities from the world of sport, art and politics.

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