Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural opportunities at Cupernham Junior School
Cupernham Junior School consistently supports and encourages the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of every pupil. Through a large range of activities, the children are able to explore their own beliefs, learn about what is right and wrong, build relationships with others and understand the cultural differences that all individuals have.
Our whole school ethos promotes Building Learning Power in everything that we do, and the children are encouraged to use a Growth Mindset approach to enable them to challenge themselves and grow as learners.
Every Friday, the whole school are involved in our Cupernham Carousel activities where all children are given the choice of a variety of activities to take part in for the half term. An example of these are sporting clubs, gardening, Lego building, colouring, dinosaur decopatch, board games and even a flight club for the Year 6 children. These activities allow children from all year groups to get to know each other and support each other through their learning experiences.
Our Year 5 children visit Avon Tyrrell for a 5 day long residential trip where they embark on a variety of activities which involve problem solving, teamwork, pushing individual boundaries and challenging themselves. It is a venue surrounded by forest in which the children also learn vital survival skills and about the wild animals found in our local environment.
Our Year 6 children spend a week at Osmington Bay which again involves them challenging themselves physically and mentally, working as a team and encouraging each other to face their fears.
A group of Year 6 children are responsible for looking after the school grounds. Their weekly duties comprise of weeding, watering and looking after the flower beds and allotment around the school. As well as this, they litter pick around both the Junior and Infant schools, and occasionally in our local park area.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
The whole school took part in a ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ week where the focus was on developing a Growth Mindset and allowing the children to take part in calming activities which may help to relieve any anxieties they may be experiencing. Parents also joined their children in tackling some tricky problem solving activities, and each child designed their own Growth Mindset T-shirt to keep at the end of the week.
Every class in the school studies French for one hour a week. As well as learning about the language and culture, we are also linked with schools in France, Italy and Portugal.
All year groups took part in a variety of activities for our International Day which allowed them to learn about a designated country. Year 4, 5 and 6 were also able to learn some basics from different languages from some of our parents, LSAs and even their peers!
Sharing between year groups
Year groups share their work frequently, whether it is a piece of writing, a dance, ICT presentations or just supporting each other through challenging activities.
Year 4 classes took part in a Chinese dragon dancing workshop to end their dragon topic in the Spring Term.
Places of Worship
After studying Christian Places of Worship, Year 3 visited St. Swithun’s church which is a very small local church within walking distance from our school. They also visited Romsey Abbey and discussed the similarities and differences between the two as well as the significance of various parts of both churches to the Christian faith.