At Dean Bank Primary and Nursery School we are committed to developing opportunities to promote SMSC within our curriculum and the daily life of the school as part of our ‘Curriculum for Life’. Each class has specific Curriculum for Life lessons where we teach the children about British Values and complete activities to develop children’s appreciation for SMSC issues. Mr Machin is the teacher with responsibility for SMSC within our school.
British Values and SMSC at Dean Bank
Make a Difference challenge
Each year, one or two classes take part in a Make a Difference challenge project, through the Young Citizens charity https://www.youngcitizens.org/. This is a child-led project where the children take part in democratic decisions to choose a community cause they wish to make a difference to, carry out research into the topic and plan how to make a difference as a class. In our school, this has previously involved an anti-litter campaign, supporting the elderly, improving our local environment and a project to save the bees.
A survey completed before and after a project showed an impressive improvement in pupil attitudes to a number of areas of SMSC including:
- I think I should help make our community a better place.
- If a problem comes along, I believe I can find a way to solve it.
- I think I can help make our community a better place.
- If others have different ideas from me, I respect that.
- I know how to find out what people in my community think about things.
It also helped children to develop more confidence in other aspects of learning with all of these scores increasing greatly:
- I am able to write a letter to an important person.
- I know how to decide which ideas are best.
- I am able to speak confidently in front of my whole school in assembly.
- If I don’t know much about a topic I know how to find out more.
Look out for information about which causes our Y4 and Y5 classes are tackling this year. They will be continuing projects that were started before school closed due to Covid-19.