Look at what we learn about our British values...

You can see some examples of British Values in these pictures - we help to raise money for charity (including Children In Need, Macmillan Nurses, Cystic Fibrosis, Castleford Food Bank and The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal). We also vote for our school council and eco council members, we take responsibility for our environment and set classroom 'laws'/contracts. We've visited London to see and learn about the Houses of Parliament and the Rule of Law and Y5 have taken part in a Parliament Day!


Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and helper of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. In 1999 Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating "she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back". She was widely criticised for her militant tactics, and historians disagree about their effectiveness, but her work is recognised as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in the United Kingdom.


Our approach to SMSC - Underpinning the curriculum


Airedale Junior School provides its pupils with a stimulating and wonderful learning environment. Our curriculum is varied to meet the wide range of needs within our school, where learning is personalised in order for pupils to be the best they can. Our aim is to demonstrate how SMSC development weaves into all that we do, it is at the root of our curriculum because of the unique approach that is adopted by the school.                                    


“What is SMSC?”


SMSC defines the very ethos of a school, it underpins all a school stands for and all it

strives to be. Without a commitment to SMSC, a well-rounded, holistic and meaningful curriculum cannot exist, SMSC defines the very essence of human values, which is why we are passionate and committed to SMSC at Airedale Junior School.


Spiritual development relates to that aspect of inner life through which our children acquire insights into their personal existence that are of enduring worth. Spiritual is not synonymous with religious; all areas of the curriculum may contribute to pupils' spiritual development. It is about the development of a sense of identity, self-worth, personal insight, meaning and purpose

Moral development is about building a framework of moral values for our children, which regulates their personal behaviour. It is the development of our understanding of society’s shared and agreed values; including an understanding that there are contentious issues where there is disagreement, and that society’s values change.

Social development is about helping our young people to work effectively with each other and to participate successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together; and functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.

Cultural development is about our children understanding their own culture, other cultures in our area and in the UK as a whole.