Personal Development

Our vision is to encourage children to adopt a healthy lifestyle, nourish their loving hearts and ignite their natural curiosity.

This means we value a broad aspirational curriculum that encourages both academic achievement and developing personal character qualities such as respect, spiritual awareness, empathy, compassion, belonging, willingness to connect, hope and aspiration so that children become great advocates and principled members of society.


Our teaching approach and the experiences we provide as part of our Personal Development curriculum include:  








Social Development

 

This aspect of the curriculum enables children to develop and use a range of social skills. It also allows children to appreciate diverse viewpoints, respect the views and beliefs of others. participate, volunteer and cooperate and resolve conflict.

 

Social skills are learnt and taught. This means children learn social skills in context from the people around them and are taught where there are gaps in their skills or understanding. Adults in the school have a crucial role in modelling the social skills we wish our children to acquire.

 

To support social development, we have created ‘communication friendly’ spaces around the school that encourage positive and production interaction between children. Adults skilfully intervene and provide timely guidance.

Moral Development

 

Moral development is the opportunity for children to learn what is right and wrong, to respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.

 

This is achieved in a number of ways including discussion and debate, specific lessons and assembly time. Children learn from the outset right from wrong, making good choices and that there are school rules and ways to behave. They learn the reason for rules and how they benefit the community to function effectively. 

 

We also use stories and real life examples to teach children the difference between right and wrong. Stories are used both whole school assembly time and class time. For example, assembly themes this year that have contributed to moral development include; what can we learn from Noah, the story of Adam and Eve, Moses and the 10 commandments, honesty and dishonesty, personal responsibility, dealing with temptation and moral dilemmas.

 

Aesop's fables are also used as part of our Collective Worship and Assembly themes that can reinforce and support moral development.

Cultural Development

 

This aspect of the curriculum enables children to explore, respect and appreciate cultural influences and diversity. It allows children the opportunity to appreciate the role of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and Britain’s parliamentary system. It is also about participating in cultural opportunities so that they gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of people as well developing positive attitudes towards difference. Carefully chosen images used in lessons and Assembly time also contribute to children's understanding and appreciation of diversity. 

 

Religious Education also provides an opportunity for children to learn about the diversity of faiths around the world and within our own country. 


Children learn about democracy and parliamentary system through the School Council. Each Class votes for a representative who carries forward the view of the class to seek change in a democratic way that is for the good of the whole rather than the individual. 

Spiritual Development


Spiritual Development involves providing children with the opportunity to appreciate the non-materialistic aspects of human nature, exploring beliefs and values, experiencing feelings including awe and wonder; learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; developing imagination and creativity and reflecting on experiences.

 

This can be achieved through the curriculum, between lessons and specific activities.


Spiritually awareness is also about appreciating nature and recognising the importance of caring for our environment for the benefit of others. We are currently working with Finchingfield Parish Council to set up a Forest School so that our learners can learn outdoors and value nature and the awe and wonder it offers.


Creating a stimulating and thought-provoking environment is a key aspect to our Spiritual Development programme. Open ended questions play an important role in this.

Cultural Capital


Cultural Capital is the essential knowledge pupils need to broaden their options, choices and aspirations so that they can lead happy, fulfilling and rewarding lives. This involves introducing them to the best that has been thought and said to help engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

 

We refer to this as being worldly wise. We have developed a strategy for helping our children become worldly wise. This includes: