There are many examples of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development throughout the school.
It is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children in our school. This is not a separate subject that is taught explicitly but an aspect of learning that should be present in lessons and behaviour in school. Some lessons lend themselves more easily to direct SMSC development such as PSHE, Philosophy for Children and RE. We also aim to develop SMSC through worship, behaviour expectations and our attitudes in school.
Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.
Enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England.
Encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely.
Enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is crucial for individual pupils and important for society as a whole. It is the heart of what education is all about – helping pupils grow and develop as people and effective participants in modern Britain.
Further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect their own and other cultures.
Encourage respect for other people.
Encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect on the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
At Andrews’ Endowed CE Primary School we recognise that the personal development of children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. We want to give each child the opportunity to explore social and moral issue; develop a sense of social and moral responsibility and promote the British Values. We therefore aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:
- Their own values and beliefs
- Their own spiritual awareness
- Their own high standards of personal behaviour
- Their team and collaborative skills
- A positive, caring attitude towards other people
- An understanding of their social and cultural traditions
- An understanding of democratic processes and the law in England
- An appreciation and acceptance of the diversity and richness of their cultures
- Their opportunities to experience other cultures
- Their ability to celebrate each other’s successes
- Their access to a range of educational visits
Our opportunities for SMSC development are continuously changing and evolving.
At Andrews’ Endowed, we value SMSC as a highly important part of our children’s education that is woven through our broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise that Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum and therefore identify it as our ‘wider curriculum’.
Through our approach to SMSC we enable children to develop their self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem, to distinguish right from wrong, to show initiative and awareness of others, to accept responsibility for their actions and to recognise ways in which they can contribute positively to their local community. We provide children with meaningful experiences of differing cultures and traditions in order to build appreciation of and respect for others. The British values are embedded within our SMSC curriculum.
Our vision of High Aspiration, Moral Strength and Spiritual Depth and our values of Love, Courage and Respect provides the foundations onto which our children’s social and moral understanding and awareness can be built.
Our children’s SMSC skills and understanding are developed throughout school, from the Early Years to Year 6. They access explicit teaching of key elements of SMSC and British Values through our PSHE and RE curriculums. In addition, we weave SMSC into all curriculum areas, making meaningful links and creating worthwhile discussions and debates wherever relevant and possible. Our curriculum allows our children to partake in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural activities. Through our Protective Behaviours and PSHE curriculum and through our approaches to teaching our children how to stay safe – e.g. water safety, fire safety, road safety and online safety. Children are aware of their rights and responsibilities and ways in which to exercise these safely.
Through the teaching of the aspects of SMSC and through the interweaving of SMSC into all curriculum subjects, our children will leave Andrews’ Endowed as imaginative and creative learners who have a sound understanding of and respect for their own cultures and beliefs and those of others. They will be respectful and considerate members of society who will have made meaningful contributions to the school and wider community. Our children will recognise right from wrong and will exercise this in their everyday life in order to lead healthy, happy and fulfilled lives.
Our children leave Andrews’ Endowed able to reflect on their own experiences, beliefs and perspectives on life as well as those of others. Through our curriculum and wider school life, children gain knowledge of other people’s views, beliefs and feelings and show respect for these. They become imaginative and creative learners who enjoy finding out about the world around them.
Children at Andrews’ Endowed are able to recognise right from wrong and use this knowledge to manage their own behaviour. They recognise the consequences and impact of their actions. They are able to further apply this to the wider community through their understanding of morals and the law. They are given opportunities to consider and discuss moral and ethical issues, offering their own opinions and understanding and appreciating a range of viewpoints when doing so.
Our children are provided with numerous opportunities to use and develop a range of social skills in different contexts. Our children gain the skills to manage conflicts effectively and recognise the importance of doing so. Through their recognition and acceptance of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, tolerance of others, individual liberty and mutual respect, our children develop attitudes and skills that enable them to participate fully and positively in school life, the local community and modern Britain.
Children at Andrews’ Endowed develop an understanding of and appreciation for the cultures that exist in our school community and in the wider community, especially those which have shaped our history and the way we live in modern Britain. They are able to recognise and respect similarities and differences between religions and cultures. Our children gain knowledge of the system of democracy that shapes culture within our school and in the wider community.