We believe that Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is a strength in our school. It permeates the Curriculum and children have opportunities to develop their understanding of SMSC and explore a range of issues and themes. Wolsey House Primary School has a long term coverage chart of aspects of SMSC. These plans are constantly reviewed and updated so that we can take into account our rapidly changing world. Different learning opportunities that may arise under these headings. There are photos of the range of activities undertaken on this website.
Disability awareness workshops for our children
We invited Dr. Artemi Sakellaridis from the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, (CSIE) to school for two days in October 2016. She delivered two days of workshops for all children from Year 1 to 6. The workshops were engaging and thought-provoking, and supported us in our provision for raising children’s awareness about disability awareness, in our aim to challenge prejudice and promote disability equality.
The workshops helped the children to learn more about disability and human rights. It identified and discussed common stereotypes and some of the prejudices disabled people face. The children were given the opportunity to consider what disability is and how it arises, and language and terminology used was reviewed and the effect this can have on disabled people’s identities.
Dr. Sakellaridis provided a range of examples of disabled people who have made a difference. Pupils engaged in conversations about how disability is understood. They also heard from some disabled people, through short video clips. Through various real life examples, children considered how disabled people do things in different ways.
At the end of the workshops children were invited to complete a feedback slip, to say whether they found the workshop helpful or not and why, this also gave them a chance to ask a question anonymously.
Please click on the link below for further information about the CSIE.