Jenyns First School and Nursery

Our Children, Our Future.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Defining spiritual, moral, social and cultural development


The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise and their ability to show respect for different people's faiths, feelings and values
  •  learn about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use  imagination and creativity in their learning


As a school spirituality is developed through R.E. lessons, assemblies, visiting different places of worship, visitors from different faiths, drawing on children's own faiths and integrating spirituality into other subjects through our creative curriculum.


The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating moral and ethical issues and offering reasoned views


Our school golden rules reflect the moral values of respect, kindness and honesty. We embed an understanding of right and wrong through discussions and in PSHE lessons, and developing rules. Fostering a respect for rules and supporting the pupils to  learn the consequences of their behaviour.  We encourage an empathetic response to dilemmas in real life and through stories and role play.


The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values.


We encourage children of all ages to work together within our school and the older children in school are actively encouraged to take responsibility and work with our younger members.


The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of cultural differences within school and further afield
  • knowledge of British value
  • willingness to participate in a range of cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity


We encourage children to celebrate cultural diversity within the school community and beyond.  We learn about customs and festivals within other faiths, dances from different countries and food and art from different cultures.  We have an enrichment week where each class studies a different country across all curricular areas.