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.
OUR INTEGRATED APPROACH TO SMSC
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 it serves.
- School Policies including the ‘Race Ahead’ behaviour policy, 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.
- Within school children are encouraged to develop a ‘Growth Mindset’ and we encourage children and adults to celebrate mistakes.
- 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”, “Young Carer Events”, “Safer Internet Day”, “Multi-Faith Day”, “Rememberance Events”, “World Book Day”, “World Science Day” and “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 PSHEE 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, Librarians and Play Leaders)
- The 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 Termly Learning Conferences and through parent perceptions. 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.
- The school has an active school council and election of House Captains provides pupils with first-hand experience of the democratic process. Pupils meet for ABC (afternoon of book and cakes) to talk about the work and learning and are regularly involved in pupil perceptions.
- Pupils are encouraged to represent their school in a range of local sporting tournaments including: hockey, netball, athletics, cross country and football.
- The school supports a range of charities. Over the last couple of years the school has raised money for the Royal British Legion Poppy, Children in Need, the National Deaf Children’s Society, NSPCC and for Suffolk Young Carers.
- The school has strong links with the local communities (parents, church, local charities)
Links to the various strands of our SMSC Provision
‘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.
- 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.
- 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