SMSC stands for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
The Citizenship Foundation defines spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils in relation to pupils’ ability and willingness to do the following:
- Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
- Moral: Recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
- Social: Use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
- Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
We promote SMSC in lots of different ways. Obvious ways are in Religious Education lessons and assemblies, but SMSC can be developed in all subjects and lots of aspects of school life. These could include:
- English, where children will read a range of different fiction books set in different countries and cultures.
- Maths, where children might look at Islamic art when learning about shape and symmetry.
- Science, where values and morals are considered, such as when teaching about evolution in Year 6.
- Weekly PSHE sessions, where we promote the social and emotional aspects of learning.
- Extra curricular opportunities.
- Themed weeks or days in school.
SMSC development runs throughout our curriculum; it is embedded into our ethos and can be sensed in our day-to-day practices and in many of our policies and procedures.
Please find below an overview of our curriculum provision for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development: