Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education is the term used to embrace the broader dimension of the curriculum. It ranges from teaching in RE and citizenship through to sex and relationship education and a wide range of extra-curricular and out-of-school activities. At Banks Road we believe these vital dimensions of life and growth should be present across the entire curriculum.
As a Rights Respecting School, Banks Road Infant and Nursery School promotes tolerance and respect for all cultures, faiths and lifestyles through our purpose, values, motto and golden rules. These elements run through our curriculum and indeed all that we do.
We have a duty to prepare our children for life in modern Britain and to keep them safe. We value the importance of the current Ofsted guidance:
“ensure that they and the school promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), cultures and lifestyles; and support and help, through their words, actions and influence within the school and more widely in the community, to prepare children and young people positively for life in modern Britain”
We value the diverse ethnic backgrounds of all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate these. We have found this approach to be enriching for all parties as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. Underpinning all this are a range of curriculum topics which have strong links to British History.
Key Stage 1 study the lives of significant historical figures and key events in British history e.g. Bonfire night and the story of Guy Fawkes, as well as studying local history.
Each year we celebrate Remembrance Day commemorations where children purchase poppies and a two minutes silence is held. This year, 2014, being the commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War we held a special Assembly.
Through the Rights Respecting global work we support the International charity, Water Aid. We also support a national charities such as Children in Need, and we support a local food bank during our Harvest festival.