Our intention, at Half Acres, is to raise the profile of the Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) and British Values status within our school. We aim to ensure that all children have the opportunity to experience many 'real life' experiences whether that be onsite or out of school. We also want to ensure that Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural (SMSC) aspects of learning are at the heart of all teaching and not just in stand-alone lessons. By the end of primary school, we want all children to understand the importance of SEAL, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school, ensuring that our children are more experienced on how to deal with specific situations and are able to make informed decisions in later life.
Children are taught SEAL on a weekly basis in their classes. Themes are further explored and reinforced in whole school assemblies. They are taught using the Primary National Strategy scheme, which is based around half termly themes. Although SMSC and British Values are not taught as discrete lessons, the relevant skills are taught throughout SEAL as well as the wider curriculum. Pupils select an Academy Council to lead various events throughout the year, linked to raising the profile of these aspects of learning (see Academy Council page). As part of the two-year rolling program, in RE, all key stages have clear links with British values and SMSC. The ethos of Half Acres strongly emphasises the core values of SMSC and British Values. The children abide by the school rules (3As) and are aware of consequences (behaviour pyramid).
All children understand the importance of SEAL, SMSC and British Values and the effects it can have on life in and out of school.
SEAL is assessed by the children's learning outcomes in comparison with the Primary National Strategy schemes objectives. Termly, topic files are reviewed and evidence is collected to ensure children are receiving a full SEAL curriculum and are achieving SMSC and British Values skills. Pupils are interviewed regularly as another means of assessing their understanding in this subject.