ASSEMBLIES & SMSC

Assemblies

Reflecting tolerance, friendship and understanding of Religions and cultures.
Assemblies are delivered as part of the wider SMSC policy. There are two forms of assembly: Year and Community. Essential to the programme is the promotion of tolerance and friendship reflected in the RPA values displayed at the start of each assembly and embedded in the Thought for the Week:

"One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned." Mark Ortman

"Be kind, everyone you meet is fighting a hard Battle." John Watson

"Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody." St Paul

As seen above, some thoughts for the week have a religious origin introducing a religious element. Each week key national, international and religious days of all faiths are listed. These are displayed at the start of assemblies often informing the content of the delivery.

During “Cultural-Black-Awareness Month” there is a special focus on our wider cultural community to educate, celebrate and to reflect on.


SMSC

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

Curriculum, tolerance, friendship and an understanding of religions and cultures. Enhancing the learning experience for all; spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) themes are embedded in the curriculum and the ethos at RPA. The core values of Pride, Aspiration, Resilience, Courteousness, and Skills for life inform all that we do supporting the delivery of the curriculum.

SMCS is an essential part of the lesson plan template as discrete subjects address these themes.

Science: Genetic engineering and medical ethics

MFL: Communication and dialogue informing our cultural landscape.

Geography: Climate change, the rainforests, sustainability and development asking global questions of responsibility and morality.

Art: Banksy is just the most famous in a long line of artists who use the medium to protest.

Music: Revolutionary songs was not just the preserve of Dylan and the 60s

History: Universal suffrage from slavery to the Suffragettes has been the central story of evolution.

Maths: Statistical data. 40% of the world’s population does not have access to electricity.

Resistant Materials: Sustainability and ethical sourcing of materials

ICT: In our ‘Brave new world’ how do we manage the new challenges; cyber bullying?

Religious Studies: Comparative and discrete religion, questioning good and evil. Issues of SMSC are studied through key figures such as Martin Luther King and Gandhi.

Sociology and Psychology: Both naturally lend themselves to investigating the human condition.

PE: Teamwork and competition subliminally responds to SMSC. SMSC in the lesson is just one part of a whole school programme. The school community share in a variety of activities during Cultural (Black) Awareness Month (October). Assemblies, with the words for the week, are to be informative and challenging offering opportunity to reflect on a range of SMSC related issues.

Extracurricular activities, posters/displays and RPA News often also enhance SMSC.