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Castle Avenue, Newsome, Huddersfield, HD4 6JN

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  Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (S.M.S.C)

  Development at Newsome Junior School,

         incorporating the fundamental British values.

Through everything we do at Newsome Junior School, we support our pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development and actively promote the fundamental British values.

We start our assemblies with a choral recitation of our ‘Special Thoughts’. This – together with our school aims - is revisited and reaffirmed at the start of each school year.


This is our school,

Let peace dwell here,

Let the classrooms be full of contentment,

Let love abide here:

Love of one another;

Love of all mankind;

Love of life itself.

And, let us remember…

That as many hands build a house,

So many hearts make a school,

In this we believe

And we strive to achieve

Each day in all we do.

Newsome Junior School Aims

To value and develop every person

To provide a caring and stimulating learning environment

To prepare individuals with skills for life

Spiritual Development

Our pupils have opportunities to reflect about their own beliefs and learn about and respect the faiths and values of others in R.E. lessons, through oral presentations, in performance and class assemblies and during Circle Time sessions.

They enjoy learning about themselves, others and the world around them. In 2013-14, the whole school focus was: ‘101 things to do before the age of 11¾,’ and in 2014-15, it was: ‘Making the most of our wonderful grounds.’ In 2015-16, it is ABCDE: Ambition, Budgeting, Charity, Development and Enterprise.

Across our broad and balanced curriculum, our pupils have opportunities to use their imagination and show their creativity. They can make their own choices about how they present their work and who they work with. During playtimes and lunchtimes, pupils can choose where they would like to spend their time with their friends – the ‘sporty’ front playground/field, the quieter back playground, our Millennium garden, the school library, the ICT suite or the hall.

Our focus on Assessment for Learning, pupils being given time to read and act upon the marking in their books and the termly reviews completed for Log books all lead the pupils to reflect upon their experiences.


Moral Development

Class rules, Circle Time rules and school rules all support our pupils to develop an understanding of the rule of law.

Our whole school positive behaviour strategy - linked to ‘Reward Time’ each Friday - helps our pupils recognise the difference between right and wrong and to understand the consequences of their actions. Reflection Time is provided for pupils who need to reflect on any inappropriate behaviour during which restorative support is given. 

Pupils are encouraged to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and also the impact that this may have on other pupils.

In R.E., Literacy and through our topic cycle, there are opportunities for our pupils to investigate moral and ethical issues, to be involved in discussions and debates and to write reasoned reports. Newsome Junior School teachers are skilled in handling open questions and facilitating discussions and debates.

Our Y6 pupils participate in a transition project which involves setting up an island community and addresses a range of moral issues. Rules are set up for the people living on the island and collective decisions are made following group discussions and class debates.


Social Development

Pupils at Newsome Junior School are from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. They all work and play together. Seating plans in each class are changed each half-term, encouraging the pupils to form new friendships and to work with other children. Lunchtimes have become a more social occasion with pupils eating school dinners and those bringing a packed lunch being able to sit together. There are also conversation starters/poetry books/joke books/paired games on the tables to encourage interaction.

Respect for all adults and other pupils is encouraged and displays in school reflect this.

Pupils volunteer as Play-leaders, Special Friends, Executives and Tea-time Club mentors. They also plan and lead activities for other pupils during ‘Reward Time.’ Wide-ranging clubs are led by school staff and involvement is tracked. Pupils are all encouraged to participate. The most recent club is linked to ‘Change for Life’ and is called ‘Girls Rule Club’ organised in collaboration with Newsome High School.

Links with Castle Hill Special School are embraced: NJS pupils attend weekly ‘Singing and Signing’ sessions; each other’s Christmas productions; a mark-making project and Swimathon sessions.


Cultural Development

Different cultures are explored through our topics and work in Literacy and RE. (Please see the Curriculum tab.) Pupils show respect for different faiths and are interested in learning about these.

In order to help our children to develop their knowledge of democracy, there are many opportunities for pupils to have a voice. Pupils are elected onto the well-established School Council and our Eco-Committee. In 2014-15, we have also introduced a School Sports Organising Crew to support our Sports Ambassadors (who are put through a rigorous recruitment process!)

All of our pupils are willing and keen to participate in artistic, sporting and cultural activities and events. These include:

Artistic – Out of Doors Arts Week, summer Arts week (pupil-led), mark-making project with pupils from Castle Hill Special School, Easter Art Competition within the Pyramid and linked to our local churches, Huddersfield Choral Society Christmas Art competition, Berry Brow carnival poster design, school displays, clubs, Reward Time activities…

Sporting – Clubs, school teams, whole school sporting competitions each half-term, Sports Days, class-led sporting competitions, Tour de France competition, Run to Rio, weekly Fitness For Learning sessions (above 2 hour PE/Games quota), early morning football club, motor skills group, Play-leaders, School Sports Organising Crew and Ambassadors, opportunities to attend high profile event such as Super-league Netball.

Cultural – assemblies, visits to places of worship, Mrs Sunderland prepared reading competition, involvement in Berry Brow carnival, off-by-Heart poetry recital competition, Kirklees Music festival, African drumming workshop/Reward Time activity, Christmas production, Remembrance Day celebrations, Choir performing with Honley Male Voice Choir, charitable events and World Book Day.

There are many opportunities for pupils to understand each other and their different cultures, such as pupils giving presentations in performance assemblies, awards being presented from outside school in ‘Extra Special’ assemblies, pupils leading RE lessons to share their own faiths and pupils visiting other classes to share their cultures.

The fundamental British values

The fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different beliefs are promoted throughout the curriculum and in many aspects of life at Newsome Junior School.

Many examples linked to this have already been highlighted. Other examples include: