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Social Development at St Patrick's


Children develop socially at St Patrick’s by developing personal qualities, developing social skills, developing participation, developing co-operating, resolving conflicts and understanding how communities and societies function.


The social development of pupils contributes to their ability to learn and achieve.


Opportunities for pupils to develop socially are integrated throughout the curriculum and life of the school.


In RE, CW and the Catholic Life of the School:

*exploring the qualities which are valued by our school through our core values of respect, friendship and responsibility, as well as a civilized society – thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference,independence and interdependence.

*asking questions about the social impact of religion at an age appropriate level


In English:

*supporting conceptual and language development through an understanding of and debates about social issues e.g. the use of social media.

*providing opportunities for talk in a range of settings.


In Maths

*sharing of resources within the classroom, the negotiating of responses and group problem solving.

*analysing social data e.g. on poverty and bullying, including cyber bullying in anti-bullying week.


In Science:

*using opportunities during Science lessons to explain how to keep other people safe and how they might protect a younger or vulnerable young person. 

*exploring the social dimension of scientific advances e.g. environmental concerns, medical advances, energy processes.  


In History:

*discussing how groups and communities organised themselves in the past e.g. Romans.  

*considering questions about social structure in the past

*encouraging pupils to talk to their parents and grandparents; for example, when learning about war through exploration of Remembrance.


In Geography:

*providing positive and effective links with the community  

*considering social responsibility e.g. care for the environment and impact of traffic on the local area.  


In computing:

*highlighting ways to stay safe when using online services and social media

*being prepared to work with technology to forge new relationships 

*discussing the impact of technology on ways people communicate.  


In Art:

*sharing of resources.

*exploring social conflict and resolution.

*exploring art as a powerful social tool e.g. in advertising, in representing particular groups.  


In DT:

*exploring real-life situations that individuals across the globe may face, and developing practical solutions to these problems.  


In Music

*exploring how an ensemble or orchestra works together  

*discussing and experimenting with what would happen if musicians in a band/group didn’t co- operate.

*appreciating how music is used in different ways in different settings e.g. for pleasure, for worship, tohelp people relax.


In PE:

*developing a sense of belonging and self-esteem through teamwork

*developing a sense of community identity through taking part in inter-school events


In drama:

*exploring similarities and differences and how respect for others can be expressed.

*building self- esteem and encouraging self-worth through participation in speech and drama festival.



*engaging in a democratic process for agreeing the rules for community life e.g. creating class expectations / charters.  

*exercising leadership and responsibility eg through membership of the school council, Play Leaders, Walk with Me group  



*learning the skill of communicating in different ways.

*exploring different social conventions e.g. forms of address in French.


Social development doesn’t happen in isolation…it permeates all that we do.