SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural)

SPIRITUAL -  At Glasshouses School we provide opportunities for pupils to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise. Our RE curriculum is planned to expose the pupils to a variety of different religions, learning about what is special to followers of each religion studied. We use these sessions, especially through discussions, to encourage pupils to develop interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. This is intrinsic to our RE and PSHE lessons, as well as through enrichment experiences such as our Cultural Diversity Week.

We also encourage pupils to use imagination and creativity in their learning and to reflect on their experiences. We encourage our pupils to develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination when learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

MORAL - At Glasshouses School we encourage pupils to recognise the difference between right and wrong. We use our CHAMPS ethos to encourage Holderness to apply this understanding in their everyday lives, through values such as honesty and courtesy.

We help children to recognise legal boundaries, and to respect the civil and criminal law of England. We have developed links with local police officers, who visit school to discuss following the law and the consequences of not doing so.

We also encourage children to develop an interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues. We use PSHE lessons to develop these skills and to help children to understand and appreciate viewpoints of others on these issues.

SOCIAL - At Glasshouses School, we encourage pupils to use a range of social skills in different situations, such as, taking part/chairing house team meetings, presenting assemblies for parents/carers and the local community and participating in pupil leadership meetings.

We use our Rights Respecting ethos to help children to understand about working with and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We further enhance this with our Linking Schools work.

We also provide opportunities for pupils to participate in a variety of local community activities such as our Remembrance Day ceremony on the village green or the village May Day celebrations. When participating in these activities, children need to co-operate well with others and to be able to resolve conflicts effectively. Our children are part of a wider Pupil Voice group which has representatives from over 12 schools from across the Harrogate district.

We encourage the  acceptance and engagement with Fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We have developed links with our local MP, who came to visit our school to learn more about our Rights Respecting status. Also, we have a visit to the Houses of Parliament planned. Our whole school ethos, and PSHE curriculum help pupils to develop and demonstrate the skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

CULTURAL - At Glasshouses School we help pupils to develop their understanding of and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others. We do this on a local, national and international level through PSHE, History, Geography and RE. We also develop children’s appreciation of the range of different cultures, within school and further afield. We believe that this is an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain.

We also provide children with knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and continuing to develop Britain. We make this more relevant to the children by teaching lessons about democracy, encouraging the children to prepare speeches, and to take part in debates over issues of interest for themselves. Our local MP visited school to explain what an MP does and their role in parliament.

Pupil Voice is particularly strong at Glasshouses School. Through our Rights Respecting initiative, all children know that they have the right to be listened to.

We provide opportunities for children to participate and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities. Our pupils enjoy taking part in a variety of sporting activities, including the Harrogate Inter-school Swimming Competition, which Glasshouses School won. We also take part in local musical concerts and enjoy whole school art days.

Pupils at Glasshouses School enjoy exploring, understanding and showing respect for different faiths and celebrating diversity. They show tolerance and respect to different religious, ethnic and soci-economic groups locally and nationally. Through our Rights Respecting  work, pupils gain a global outlook on the world.