Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education is an important part of the curriculum at Carrington. Building tolerance and mutual respect are high priorities in our diverse school community. We also provide opportunities for debate and discussion, developing respect for the ideas of others and helping children to understand democratic processes. Our children behave well and understand the need for rules and boundaries.
Children learn about other faiths through classroom based work and visits to places of worship in the area such as the local synagogue, gurdwara and churches. We have a growing relationship with our local church, church representatives take assemblies in school and the children visit the church for key Christian festivals. We celebrate important festivals from other religions such as Eid, Diwali and Chinese New Year. We teach children the value of appreciating the world around us by taking them out for visits.
Every year each class creates a code of conduct and discusses the importance of rules and boundaries. Assemblies have moral themes and pupils have the opportunity to debate moral issues in class, including bullying and green issues. Wherever we go, people comment about the excellent conduct of our children.The school contributes to food banks at harvest time; the children have adopted a pet from the Born Free Foundation and some older pupils raise money for charities of their choice by running cake sales (child initiated). Year Six organised a sponsored walk for Water Aid this year, raising over £1,200. Many classes learn about caring for animals through the care of class pets. We take part in local initiatives which encourage caring for the environment (WISE, Footprints) and caring for each other (GREAT project).
There is a strong personal and social education thread running through our curriculum. Children learn about democracy through school and class councils, involvement with NCC’s Primary parliament and other opportunities to vote for outcomes (including voting for our adopted BFF animal). We have recently introduced a house based system to further embed a sense of community, this has involved an election for house representatives. Our school residential develop social skills and a sense of being part of a community. Children in all classes take on responsibilities; the older children run the tuck shop and Class Five runs a cafe. Once a year we have an enterprise week, and have involved local businesses. We also encourage aspiration through visits to secondary schools, our relationship with The High School and visits to local universities. We are developing a relationship with a newly opened care home, we visit to sing and they come over to some of our events.
Music, art and literature are integrated into our curriculum through topics. Children in Years Four and Five learn guitar as part of the Wider Opportunities program. Key Stage Two pupils also have opportunities to learn other instruments and we have a small choir. We offer opportunities to perform at winter and spring music festivals within school and attend City performances with some musicians and the choir. Children wishing to develop their skills further attend area orchestra and Band Camp. All children have the opportunity to perform in plays for parents at either Christmas or in the summer. There are links with local art galleries, museums and theaters which provide motivating opportunities to learn about both ancient and modern culture e.g. involvement with a schools version of The Tempest, staged at Nottingham Playhouse. Children also contribute work to Sherwood Arts week. We are currently working towards an International Schools Award, giving children opportunities to learn about art and music from other cultures.