SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
Our SMSC teaching is not taught as a subject on its own but taught in everything our pupils do and across as many subjects as possible.
At the bottom of this page, you will find some useful links which help parents understand the importance of developing good SMSC in our pupils so they become excellent citizens of the future. (There is also a link to a very helpful website which shares good ideas about how to keep your child safe from extremism.)
The spiritual development of our pupils is developed through teaching them to reflect on their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, and this in turn helps them reflect on their views on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values. We do this as follows:
- Children have a natural interest in themselves, others and the world around them. We aim to capture this enthusiasm in the lessons we teach through geography, art, RE, music and PE. This list is not exhaustive. We take every opportunity to promote their fascination and sense of enjoyment. We want our pupils to enjoy their learning.
- Through a wide range of subjects such as music, art, DT and writing, we draw on pupils' imagination and creativity to create something special and unique to them.
- Each day, our pupils are encouraged to reflect on their experiences. We do this in many ways: pupils talk about experiences outside of school and learn to engage listeners. We promote the importance of pupils reflecting on their learning through feedback about their lessons. We also try to use opportunities to extend our pupils' vocabulary about their feelings so they can empathise with how others feel and begin to make sense of how they themselves feel about situations.
The moral development of pupils is really important in making sure our school works as an effective community:
- When we ask our pupils to create their own classroom rules, we know they are able to recognise the difference between right and wrong. In assemblies we use stories to illustrate how these rules are parallel to the legal boundaries outside of school. In doing this, we are setting the understanding they have a duty to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
- As part of this process, pupils develop the rules, the rewards and the consequences. This develops an understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions as members of the school community and the wider community outside school.
- We use Newsround as an accurate and age apporpriate source of information about issues around the world and this promotes discussion about moral and ethical issues. It gives our pupils the opportunity to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
The social development of pupils is really important as we have a duty to prepare our pupils to become responsible citizens of the future who have a range of social skills they can use when working and socialising with other pupils. We have a range of socio-economic backgrounds in school and all pupils work and play together harmoniously. Our pupils have limited exposure in school to others from different religions and ethnicities so we use our curriculum to expose them to these differences:
- through studying the five major faiths in RE and studying the lives of other peoples around the world in history and geography.
- In each class our pupils show their willingness to take on roles of responsibility. Each class has members of the school council and they take this role very seriously. They recyle waste, act as eco-warriors, librarians and friendship buddies.
- Underpinning everything we do in school, we model the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Assemblies each Monday morning are used to set the tone for the week by choosing an aspect of the fundamental values. Pupils know adults and peers will be looking for good examples in the behaviour and attitudes shown around school. We recognise exemplary values in assemblies the following week.
The cultural development of our pupils can be seen in the broad curriculum which teaches them about their own heritage and the heritage of others. Although our pupils have limited first hand experience of different cultures, they embrace differences and show a very healthy regard for other cultures.
- We use history and geography, RE, art and music as vehicles to explore other cultures and Newsround is a favourite of the pupils.
- Our pupils take their class and school council roles very seriously. They can see the impact their vies, discussions and decisions make in such things as rules around school and improving the physical environment around school and the activities provided for break times.
- We take every opportunity to hold elections for posts of office or to replicate a real election to develop pupils' knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain.
- Pupils are offered a number of musical opportunties through whole class teaching, group teaching and individual music lessons.
- Whenever possible pupils take part in local and national musical competitions.
- They also embrace the opportunity to take part in art competitions and design competitions.
- Many of our pupils experience a wide range of sporting opportunties which lead to competing at a local and county level. Their sportsmanlike behaviour is often commented on by other providers.
- Our pupils talk knowledgably about showing respect for different faiths and how they are taught to accept, respect and celebrate differences.
Useful Web Links:
Educate Against Hate is a very useful resource for parents, carers and schools. Click on the link below to find out more:
The Department for Education provides schools with information which can also prove useful for parents and carers. Click on the link to find out more: