SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development

What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

Spiritual

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social

Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the ‘British values’ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

At Brook Community Primary School we expect that all curriculum areas have a contribution to make to the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and opportunities for this will be planned in each area of the curriculum.

All adults will model and promote expected behaviour, treating all people as unique and valuable individuals and showing respect for pupils and their families.

The school community will be a place where pupils can find acceptance for themselves as unique individuals and where forgiveness and the opportunity to start again is fundamental to the ethos of the school.

Pupils should learn to differentiate between rights and wrong in as far as their actions affect other people. They will be encouraged to value themselves and others.

Pupils should understand the need for rules and the need to abide by rules for their safety and the safety of others. School and classroom rules reflect, reiterate, promote and reward acceptable behaviour and provide opportunities to celebrate pupils’ work and achievements.

All curriculum areas seek to use illustrations and examples drawn from as wide a range of cultural contexts as possible.

Brook Community Primary School Aims

We ensure that everyone connected with the school is aware of our values and principles. We ensure a consistent approach to the delivery of SMSC issues through the curriculum and the general life of the school. We ensure that a pupil’s education is set within a context that is meaningful and appropriate to their age, aptitude and background. We ensure that pupils know what is expected of them and why. We give every pupil a range of opportunities to reflect upon and discuss their beliefs, feelings and responses to personal experience. We enable pupils to develop an understanding of their individual and group identity. We enable pupils to begin to develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment, and an appreciation of the many cultures that now enrich our society. We give each pupil the opportunity to explore social and moral issues, and develop a sense of social and moral responsibility.

Spiritual Development

As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

 

Sustain their self-esteem in their learning experience.

Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought.

Foster their emotional life and express their feelings.

Experience moments of stillness and reflection.

Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and responses to personal experiences.

Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships.

Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life.

 

Moral Development

As a school we aim to provide learning opportunities that will enable pupils to:

 

Recognise the unique value of each individual.

Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others. Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes.

Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others.

Distinguish between right and wrong.

Show respect for the environment.

Make informed and independent judgements.

 

Social Development

As a school we aim to promote opportunities that will enable pupils to:

 

Develop an understanding of their individual and group identity.

Learn about service in the school and the wider community.

 

Cultural Development

As a school we aim to promote opportunities that will enable pupils to:

 

Recognise the value and richness of cultural diversity in Britain, and how these influence individuals and society.

Develop an understanding of their social and cultural environment.

Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.