‘Live And Learn With Jesus’
SACRED HEART CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, LEIGH
POLICY FOR MORAL DEVELOPMENT
This policy outlines the purpose, nature and management of Moral Development at Sacred Heart. The school’s mission statement clearly reflects the importance of Moral Development.
Live and learn with Jesus.
We follow Jesus through; love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship.
The children will have the opportunity to further explore our Mission Statement through work throughout the school year and during Mission Statement week each September. In order to support their Moral Development, they explore how they can follow Jesus through the values of love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship.
Whilst the responsibility for promoting moral development within the school lies with the Head Teacher and the Senior Management Team, everybody who interacts with pupils in any capacity needs to be fully involved in its promotion within the school community, the home, the parish and the wider world to ensure that we follow the Pope’s message to care for our common home and enable the pupils to understand the impact of the commandment that Jesus gave us:
‘Love one another as I have loved you.’
To do this they must learn to understand the difference between right and wrong and the importance of striving to do the just and right thing as they follow Jesus’ example and teaching.
We want this understanding to:
We will promote moral development by encouraging pupils to:
We believe there are opportunities to develop moral awareness in every subject in the school curriculum, even though some offer richer opportunities than others for developing pupils growing awareness of moral questions and moral choices.
Aspects of Moral Development planning will be found in:
Teaching and Learning
This will be done through focussed lessons: Religious Education, PSHE, Collective Worship and in other Subject Areas. It will also be demonstrated to the children by staff who lead by example; through their actions and interactions with each other and with their pupils as they treat everyone as Jesus taught us to do. All staff in school are expected to have high expectations of children and support them in achieving these.
Moral Development will also be promoted through –
Religious Education – the Come and See Programme
Geography – other countries/ People.
Drama – explore moral issues in a non-threatening way.
English – stories than contain conflicting views and raise issues, Reading Partners.
Sports- we encourage peers to support each other and cheer at sporting events.
Mini Vinnies- helping the wider community
Liturgical Prayer groups
Supporting charities such as CAFOD, Foodbanks, Good Shepherd, etc
Visitors- a range of visitors come into school to share their work and life experiences. Such as- police officers, fire brigade, parishioners, Mayor, etc.
School and Eco council
Year 6 jobs and responsibilities- table pals, playtime buddies, buddies of Reception
including Mixed Ability Groups – helping each other.
Circle times and discussions on issues as they arise in class, home, playground – why was that wrong, how would you feel, what should you do?
Rules that are worded positively
Rewards- Dojo, Star of the Week
Playleaders to promote and lead happy playtimes
Visual timetables in classrooms
Routines in classes
Promoting respect always
Disciple is fair and can be seen in our Behaviour Policy
As and when issues arise in the classroom, either as a result of something that has happened in class or in the world around them.
A model of formal assessment is clearly inappropriate in this area. However, pupils show progress, appropriate to their age and ability, if they display an awareness of how to live out their school mission as they ‘live and learn with Jesus’ and follow his example through love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship. This will include displaying:
self-reliance; self-respect; self-discipline; responsibility.
Differentiation and S.E.N.
All pupils to be encourage in their moral development by given opportunities to respond at their own level.
Children will be actively encouraged to think about how Jesus taught us to behave and to know what is right and wrong and to understand the difference between the two at their own level.
Adapted: Summer Term 2020
Review Summer Term 2022
By T. Nice