At Dallington children develop a respect for their own cultures and beliefs and learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.
We incorporate the thoughtful and wide-ranging promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development into our age-appropriate cross curricular topic work. We explore beliefs and experience, respect all faiths, feelings and values, enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world, through the use of our imagination, creativity and reflection. We support the children to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences, investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views. We also promote our children to use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict and engage with the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. Children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
In circle time pupils are able to discuss issues or solve problems in a safe group. The social skills of sharing in a group, taking turns and joining in with other children playing a game, are encouraged. The children are given the opportunity to make choices and solve problems for themselves, adults support children’s ideas and use open ended questions to encourage the generation of new ideas. We encourage the children to take part in a range of practical activities eg charity fundraising, planning of special school events such as assemblies, concerts and productions. Visiting speakers including for example doctors, architects, animators and representatives of charities and churches and religions, and many more make the children aware of the wider community we live in.
We do not promote extremist views, or partisan political views, through our curriculum and/or teaching. We offer pupils a balanced presentation of views when political issues are brought to their attention. Aspects of social and cultural development can be developed through virtually all parts of our balanced and broadly based curriculum and we follow the standard designed to eliminate bias and encourage balance, in addition to requirements about curriculum content and expectations in all areas are adjusted for the age and ability of pupils.