SMSC Provision

OUR VISION

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At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, we pride ourselves in providing an inclusive and welcoming learning environment for all the children in our care.

As a school with a strong Christian ethos, we are fully committed to a holistic approach to learning and understand, better than most, our duty to provide for the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of pupils whilst promoting the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Respect and Tolerance.

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OUR COMMITMENT




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At Kessingland CofE Primary Academy, our integrated approach to SMSC furnish pupils with a range of opportunities to develop the attitudes and skills which will enable them to grow into happy young adults with great self-belief and integrity who will make a positive contribution to society.

  • Kessingland Primary Academy provides a broad and rich Curriculum which it strives to closely match to the needs, interests and life goals of the children its serves
  • School Policies including the 5 point Behaviour Management Tool, as well as the newly introduced Advanced School of Learning, set clear guidelines as to pupils expected standards of conduct and behaviour for Learning in and outside lessons
  • Our Core Values and our Tools for Learning provide children with a moral compass as well as with coping mechanisms which will prove useful when then become adult
  • There are an array of before and after-school Clubs as well as day and residential trips which reinforce the learning taking place in the classroom and maximise opportunities for pupils to find something they excel at; thus improving self-esteem, raising aspirations and acting as a powerful incentive for pupils to work hard to reach their life goal
  • Whole school events such as Harvest Festival”, “House Captains’ Election”, “FingerSpellathlon”, “Young Carers Coffee Morning”, “Safer Internet Day”, “Multi-Faith Day”, “Queens’ 90th Birthday”, “Africa Alive Day”, “Sports Day” bring the whole school community together and provide a memorable and meaningful context within which pupils can live their school’s values
  • SMSC is fully integrated into our PSHE and RE Curriculum and is delivered through our Collective Worship programme during assemblies and within classrooms.
  • Pupils are given the chance to gain valuable life skills by taking part in a whole range of volunteering Schemes (School Council, House Captains, Playground Buddies, Library Buddies, Lunchtime Ambassadors)
  • The newly implemented House System – which pupils and staff have worked collaboratively to develop – enable children to develop a strong sense of belonging as well as form mutually supportive relationship with peers from all ages which not only enhance their self-confidence and also provide them with extra support on their learning journey
  • The school promotes Democracy and encourages parental feedback at parents Evening and through surveys. In addition, Pupil Voice is becoming a strong feature of the school with an array of opportunities for pupils to influence the decisions that affect them.   This is done either directly with pupils taking part in surveys (House name, choice of 2 new Core Values, House Charter so far this year) for providing feedback via focus groups as well as expressing their views indirectly through elected representatives such as House Captains and School Councillors; the election of which provide pupils with first-hand experience of the democratic process.
  • The school is keen to promote environmental awareness through its Eco-Warriors Scheme and KS1 Waste to Resource Day during which pupils learn how they can reduce, reuse and recycle at home, in school and at Waste Recycling Centres
  • Pupils are encouraged to represent their school in a range of local sporting tournaments (hockey, basketball, athletics, cross country, football)
  • The school supports a range of charities with money raised so far this year for the Royal British Legion Poppy, Children in Need, the National Deaf Children’s Society and for Suffolk Young Carers
  • The school has strong links with the local communities (parents, church, local charities)
  • Kessingland CofE Primary Academy employs two non-British teachers who, having been born and raised in countries which are different to that of the children, bring an additional dimension to the school by inevitably sharing cultural information with the pupils they teach.  This could encompass showing them where they used to live on a map, teaching them words in a different language, checking with children the weather in their homeland, comparing seasons, showing pictures of landscapes and daily life, use Google Earth to show pictures of where their family lives back home, sharing a recipe or baking them a traditional cake, comparing what schools are like in both countries, talking about important festivals and special events such as the American Elections, the Tour de France or Euro2016.  See our French Page for pictures of our wonderful oral and written work.

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Links to the various strands of our SMSC Provision




Tools for Learning

1‘Tools for Learning’ are the core learning skills that are needed for everyday life. At Kessingland C of E Primary Academy, we integrate ‘Tools for Learning’ into all areas of our curriculum.

We teach ‘Tools for Learning’ to help develop a strong learning culture at our school. We want to establish a common powerful language of learning across our school community, which supports the pupils in articulating what helps and hinders them in their learning. Throughout ‘Tools for Learning’, pupils have the opportunity to take charge of their learning, understand themselves as learners, develop resilience and acquire independent learning behaviours. We want pupils and teachers to enjoy their learning.

Throughout ‘Tools for Learning’, learners will have opportunities to develop:2

  • Strategies for improving their learning and attainment, including thinking skills, enterprise and creativity skills and accelerated learning techniques;
  • Ways to motivate themselves and enhance their self-esteem and the motivation and self-esteem of others;
  • Awareness of a range of learning styles, strategies and tools and knowledge about their preferred learning approaches and learning strengths;
  • Strategies for managing their learning in order to achieve their learning goals;
  • Personal and social skills that underpin positive behaviours for learning and wider social interaction;
  • Awareness of the importance of healthy living and a positive learning environment;
  • Skills for the development of leadership qualities;

A language for learning conversations and habits for learning that enable them to reflect on their successes and barriers to learning and set themselves personal learning goals.

The structure for ‘Tools for Learning’ is based on six different learning strands:3

  • Learning with Others
  • Developing Independence and Responsibility
  • Improving own Learning and Performance
  • Developing a Sense of Self-Worth and Understanding of Others
  • Thinking Skills
  • Speaking and Listening




Pupil Voice – coming soon…

 

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KEY SMSC LEARNING EXPERIENCES
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Some of our Amazing Learning Adventures in class

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Our wonderful work in French

More to come very soon……

 

Whole School Events

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(most recent to least recent)

 

Class Events, Trips and Visits

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Parents – Community

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