Our children develop as self-confident, independent thinkers and have a genuine voice within the school through their democratically elected school council. There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills across the curriculum and these experiences help to build confidence, self-belief, engagement, memorable learning experiences and enable children to apply their learning to a real life context.
Our values are firmly embedded in the daily life of our school. We prepare children in school for life in modern Britain by developing an age related, appropriate awareness of the four fundamental British Values of: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
SMSC is about developing the whole child through spiritual, moral, social and cultural activities, in an environment which enables all children to grow and flourish, become confident individuals and appreciate their own worth and that of others.
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Spiritual development at The Russell School:
- Support for charities such as Spread a Smile, Children in Need and Watford Food Bank at Harvest time
- Links with a local church for assemblies at special times
- Christmas Carols sung by the Choir at a local care home.
- Christmas Carol concert at St Andrew’s Church for all children and their families
- Christmas Concerts performed by children for their families
- Christmas tree decorations and assembly
- Celebration assemblies to reward effort and achievements
- Kindness is reflected in the school vision. Acts of kindness are celebrated
- Outdoor learning across the curriculum
- Positions of responsibility for children – class responsibilities, Head Girl/Boy, House Captains, Eco Squad
- Making Art classes
- Talent Show
- Caring for the school pets
- Reading dog
- Aspiration Day to explore future career choices
- Annual Remembrance assembly
- RE, PSHE, SRE curriculum
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Moral development at The Russell School:
- Community work - poster competition to promote safe parking at the front of the school
- Annual anti-bullying week
- NSPCC safety assemblies and workshops
- School Council collaboration with local councillors and school council representatives from other schools
- Responsibility for behaviour choices and learning behaviour attributes
- PSHE curriculum
- School vision – Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind
- Whole school assembly themes
- School newspaper – ‘The Russell Round Up’
- E Safety
- Eco Squad is committed to ensuring that school is as environmentally friendly as it can possibly be and children understand and talk about all the ways in which they can help to save the planet.
- Donations of food to the Watford Food Bank each year to help others in need.
- British values and the school values underpin daily school life. Children who demonstrate respect, tolerance or kindness are rewarded with a merit award
- Moral and ethical issues are discussed and debated and linked to whole school homework
- Philosophy for Children
- Children express their thanks to those who help them, eg PA Thank You Tea, Mothers’ Day Tea, Fathers’ Day Breakfast
- Equalities, identities and diversity celebrated – ‘Our differences’ display
- Art Therapy supports children with emotional needs
Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Social development at The Russell School:
- PSHE curriculum
- Strong focus on learning behaviour and growth mindset
- Working with local community on a variety of projects, for example ‘Clean for the Queen’, the local scarecrow trail, Pimp My Zimmer, fundraising café for refugees
- Enthusiasm and pride in the additional responsibilities awarded to them, for example Head Girl, Head Boy, House Captains, School Council, Eco Squad
- Strong links with local businesses who support our fundraising activities
- Fundraising activities to respond to disasters, such as Grenfell and Care for Calais
- Annual fundraising events for Children in Need
- Collaboration and engagement in learning is a fundamental part of our daily school life
- Children have many opportunities to share their views. An annual pupil survey is designed by the Head Girl and Head Boy to inform school development. Children complete a safety survey as well as taking part in pupil voice activities for all subjects
- Children have the opportunity to vote in different contexts, such as electing class representatives and voting for school pets
- Regular collaboration across local schools and year groups (sports, music, reading)
- Peer marking and talk partners
- Positions of responsibility – Head Girl, Head Boy, School Council, Eco Squad, Sports Council
- Playground Leaders facilitate outside play
- Provision of a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for the children to be involved in
- Children attend at least two school trips each year. Y4, 5 and 6 participate in school residentials
- All children plan and lead on a profit making activity each year during Enterprise Week.
- Tuckshop run by children, for children
- Sports Day
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Cultural development at The Russell School:
- Participation in many different music activities such as Easter concert, O2 Young Voices, Chorleywood Village Night Choir, school orchestra
- Specialist music teaching which covers music from different genres and cultures
- Music lessons
- Wide range of sporting activities and clubs. We love winning but also know that taking part is the most important thing
- French is taught from Y1 to Y6
- World Book Day celebrations
- Y3 Greek Day
- Annual Arts Day during which children learn about art from all over the world
- Current affairs issues are explored with the children and linked to whole school homework
- School productions
- Easter egg hunt and bonnets
- Christmas concerts
- Visitors to school from different faiths – Diwali
- Annual whole school panto trip at Christmas
For more information about SMSC at The Russell School, please visit: