SMSC & British Values
SMSC stands for ‘Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural’ development
Jigsaw is committed to working closely and in harmony with its community and celebrating the diversity of the United Kingdom.
We aim to prepare our pupils for life in modern Britain and to ensure that our school ethos, curriculum and approaches to teaching and learning reflect and promote fundamental British values.
We recognise that these values are not unique to Britain alone and that they have come to be accepted throughout the democratic world as a method of creating an orderly society, in which individual members can feel safe, valued and can contribute to for the good of themselves and others. We work alongside our local community and recognise the variety of religious beliefs within it. We take pupils outside the school to take part in local events and meet different members of the community to appreciate the valuable contributions they make.
We take opportunities to:
We understand the role our school has in helping prevent radicalisation and extremism and supporting our pupils to become life-long learners.
Many of our school routines are built upon the concept of democracy. Pupils are regularly consulted both formally and informally about how their school might be improved. They see the example that is set with staff working cooperatively & collaboratively with each other to make the school the best it can be.
Pupils learn about democratic processes through involvement in the School Council, mock elections, lessons on British parliamentary system, choosing class and school reinforcers and activities, voting for their nominated charity of the year. Pupils work collaboratively to draw up school and class rules.
The school’s behaviour policy is shared and understood and this provides a basis on which other laws and rules and their application is discussed.
Behaviour management strategies reinforce appropriate behaviours and promote understanding of right and wrong.
Pupils are involved in drawing up school and class rules. Data protection, online safety code of conduct are discussed with pupils and promoted cross curricular. Regular visits from police, fire services and other members of public institutions are incorporated into curriculum.
Teaching promotes understanding & recognition of individual’s rights and responsibilities with learning about boundaries. Independent thinking and learning are encouraged and there are frequent opportunities to grow in maturity and independence. We value creativity and diversity.
Pupils are encouraged to participate in setting up their schedules and timetables for the day. They can select reinforcers, rewards as well as resources to be used during instruction. The curriculum incorporates objectives to promote independence and pupils are encouraged to be involved in managing their own learning and behaviours. History and other themed weeks provide opportunities to learn about individuals who had a particular impact on the history of Britain and the world at large.
We have a clear anti-bullying policy which emphasises the importance of creating an environment in which individuals can feels safe and valued. We recognise the importance of not only respecting one another but also of self-respect. Every individual is respected in our school and our actions towards one another reflect this. We welcome difference and diversity and aim to create understanding of how this adds to the richness of our community.
Our PSHE curriculum includes topics on relationships and what a good relationship consists of. Our RE curriculum which follows the Agreed Syllabus for Surrey teaches about a range of faiths, religions and cultures. We take opportunities to find out about different cultures during our Cultures & Languages week and Topic curriculum. School assemblies include themes on various faiths, religious festivals & cultures. We celebrate European Languages and Mother Tongue day.
To view some of the activities supporting the SMSC and British Values curriculum, please click the tabs below.
First Aid Week
During First Aid Week, pupils enjoyed learning about how to look after themselves and others. Pupils took part in basic first aid activities, for example, putting on gloves, putting on a plaster, putting on a bandage and using a cleansing wipe. Some pupils explored more complex first aid skills including learning about the recovery position, burns and nose bleeds. One of the most popular activities was helping ‘Paul.’ This was a giant worksheet with a cut out of a character called Paul, Paul had grazed his arms and knees and pupils had to take care of him, think about how he might be feeling, and treat him using appropriate first aid (i.e. putting on gloves and plasters).
Virtual Reality Space Workshop
In October 2022 (as part of World Space Week activities), pupils were introduced to our solar system using virtual reality headsets. The VR headsets allowed pupils to experience traveling into space in a spaceship, explore the many planets in our solar system and listen to key facts about each of the planets. Pupils recognised the connection between their movements and the virtual reality space i.e. they turned their heads and bodies to explore different parts of the virtual space. Pupils adapted well to the different sensory experience combining visual, auditory and proprioceptive input and had the opportunity to experience awe and wonder. They developed their social skills by interacting with peers and familiar an unfamiliar adults (external workshop leader).
The Big Help Out
This year our Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils took part in ‘The Big Help Out’ a community initiative in commemoration of the Coronation of King Charles III. They took part in activities to help keep the local community clean and tidy, such as litter picking in Cranleigh. They also took part in acts of kindness within their own communities. A large display was created at school where all the acts of kindness where displayed for everyone to see, these included taking care of the school gardens, sharing with a friend, helping a teacher to carry resources, holding the door open for a friend, and volunteering in the local community. Since the King’s Coronation some pupils have continued with different volunteering/community events such as helping to run school wide events, taking part in the Guildford in Bloom competition and working with a local gardening volunteer group at a nearby nature reserve.
African Drumming Workshop
In June 2023, pupils had the opportunity to take part in African Drumming workshops. Pupils learned to play the drums in different ways to represent different animals by sounds, for example, playing a slow rhythm to represent elephants! Pupils were also given the opportunity to learn a welcome song in Swahili, some pupils enjoyed listening and some joined in with the singing. This was a really fun workshop and allowed for the pupils to experience music of different cultures and participate in a creative activity alongside their peers.
Children in Need
In November, the school came together to fundraise for Children in Need 2021, the pupils and staff were invited to attend school in spotty clothing and Pudsey related merchandise. A school-wide raffle was held to raise additional funds alongside the sale of Pudsey ears and wristbands. Pupils also had the opportunity to take part in a variety of class-based activities relating to Children in Need. Overall the event raised £138.80 for charity.
As an end of term whole school event we welcomed the theatre company Head2Head to school to perform a sensory rendition of ‘Dick Whittington’. The pupils were invited to attend either a morning or afternoon performance and were given the option to join in with dressing up to enjoy the show, they were given props to interact with and actors enhanced the experience by spraying scented water, ringing bells, scattering confetti and much more. A few pupils were invited to participate in the performance by going to the set area and given a simple task to complete with an actor such as chasing a character like cat and mouse, pretending to purchase food during a market scene and playing instruments that formed a part of the show.
Choices and Decisions Day
Eight pupils from across the sixth for attended Choices and Decisions Day on Friday 19 April. Three pupils went along to take part in workshops at Guildford College, whilst five other pupils went to Merrist Wood College. The pupils at Guildford College took part in a flower arranging workshop and a music workshop. They also met the Mayor of Guildford! The pupils at Merrist Wood College took part in animal handling workshops and music workshops too. Both groups of pupils had the chance to socialise with pupils from other schools in the local area and experience a morning at a college. It was a very enjoyable day and each pupil got to experience something new. A highlight was being able to touch and hold some of the different animals at Merrist Wood, pupils certainly were very fascinated by the snakes and lizards!
Brooklands College Visit
In June, four of the Key Stage 4 pupils attended a tour at Brooklands College, in Weybridge. They were given the opportunity to explore the variety of courses on offer at the college, including construction, engineering, hair and beauty, cabin crewing, catering and more. The purpose of the visit was to give our pupils insight into possibilities for the future and encourage them to think about their options.
Poppy Project in Cranleigh
In November, Jigsaw participated in a local community art project at one of Berkeley Homes ‘new homes’ sites. Pupils across the school recycled plastic bottles to make poppies. Pupils used their creative skills to choose colours and painted the poppies with the support of their teachers. The poppies were installed at Leighwood Fields in Cranleigh as part of the official opening of the site. Once the installation was dismantled the poppies found new home at the front of the School entrance to brighten up our flower pots.
In March, pupils completed various challenges and learnt about saving energy, recycling, reducing carbon footprint and the effects of global warming. The activities included presentations on various topics such as climate change and global warming, a sorting activity linked to recycling, designing posters to promote Earth Hour and what individuals could do to protect our planet and various worksheets.
Jigsaw welcomed some feathery visitors during the summer term. As part of the science curriculum, learning about life cycles and reproduction, pupils observed how ducklings hatched from eggs. A live feed was set up via our ‘Duck Cam’ so staff and pupils could keep an eye on the eggs in the incubator and once hatched in their cage. They learnt to care for baby animals by being gentle and careful when handling them, feeding and watering them. Pupils very much enjoyed the opportunities to play and interact with the baby animals and they were fascinated by seeing the eggs hatching into ducklings. The highlight was to see the ducklings taking to water in the paddling pool!
History Week: Kings & Queens
As part of history week activities in April, pupils learnt about the famous kings and queens of England. They learnt to identify kings and queens from pictures and they used their creative skills to recreate a portrait of their chosen king or queen.
Pupils learnt how to make a maze using straws to replicate Henry VIII’s mazes. They got creative decorating a crown made from gold card and they created patterns to resemble the many patterns of the architecture of the Brighton Pavilion, which was home to King George IV. Pupils learnt about Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and what made them strong queens. They also remembered that Henry VIII had six wives and made adverts to recruit for his next wife.