Spiritual, Moral, Vocational, Social and Cultural (SMVSC) development at St John Fisher
“To live, love and learn in our caring community”
At Saint John Fisher our pupils are given regular opportunities to reflect on our Catholic faith and learn about the values and beliefs of other faiths. These opportunities are provided in Religious Education (RE) lessons, assemblies, and visits to places of worship and through participation in our churches Inter Cultural Mass. Prayer and worship play a key part in our pupils’ Catholic education. Our pupils enjoy learning about themselves, others and the world around them. This happens in Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons, Geography lessons and through school celebrations such as International Week, Remembrance Day. Our pupils are given the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, and how they impact on people. This underpins our Behaviour Policy and our expectations for how our children care, respect and value each other. Our pupils continually use their imagination and creativity in their learning in all subjects and are given regular opportunities to reflect on their experiences e.g. Merit assemblies.
At Saint John Fisher our pupils have a good understanding of recognising the difference between right and wrong. This is reinforced through our Behaviour Policy which promotes positive behaviour. Class rules are agreed with pupils at the start of each school year. These are displayed throughout the school. Merit stickers (Key Stage 2) and “Caught you being good” tickets are given to Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils to reward good behaviour and learning. Our pupils understand the consequences of their behaviour and their actions. As part of the behaviour policy children complete a 4 W sheet which helps them to unpick their behaviour and to make correct choices next time. Circle time is used to develop our pupils’ moral values and concepts. This includes discussions on: personal rights and responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity and right and wrong. Additional support is given to children who need it to further develop positive behaviour skills by the learning mentor.
At Saint John Fisher we are proud to be part of the Catholic faith and so we have added a vocational aspect to SMSC. Here we focus on how the children can live out the Gospel values of Jesus in their own life. We ask the children to reflect upon the choices they make and the implications that they may have upon themselves and others. We allow the children to reflect upon all of us being made in the image and likeness of God and that we are all God’s people. We encourage the children to consider what God is calling them to be (their vocation) and to consider their role in serving others.
At Saint John Fisher our pupils develop their social skills and are given opportunities to experience roles of responsibility, including being: school council reps, sports team captains, member of the chaplaincy team, part of the eco squad, prayer partners, playground buddies, register monitors etc. Some of these are elected responsibilities and others are voluntary. We also have a buddy system whereby once a month usually First Friday Mass Year 6 pupils take responsibility for looking after their younger buddy at Mass.
Our pupils also take part in PE and sports activities in teams with and play against other schools. They also attend, swimming galas, athletics meetings, football training and matches, netball matches, cross country meets. We participate in local schools’ projects such as: the performing arts singing show at Warwick Arts Centre, the Y1 and Y4 Morning of Music festivals held at different schools each year, The Romero Partnerships events for pupil voice and fund raising. Y5 have a residential trip to Alton Castle and Y6 pupils have a residential trip to Dol y Moch in Wales where they experience team work and co-operation. They also enjoy working together as they prepare for their end of year show. Our pupils have also participated in local community events, including: supporting our local food bank appeal and our choir singing Christmas carols to the elderly, patients in a local hospital and to members of the local Alzheimer’s Society during Dementia Awareness Prayer week.
Our Catholic ethos and our positive behaviour policy ensure that our pupils are able to resolve conflicts effectively. Every class takes part in special learning activities during anti-bullying week and regular reminders are given to all children about how to respond to any type of bullying behaviour including cyber bullying.
At Saint John Fisher our pupils understand and appreciate the cultural diversity that is represented within our school community. Inter cultural Masses encourage children to attend Sunday Mass dressed in their national costume or that of another country.