Clayton St. John C of E Primary School

Learning our way forward together in God’s love

"Learning our way forward together with God’s Love"

Pupils » SMSC

SMSC: Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education

Here at Clayton C of E Primary School we believe that a child's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is paramount to their growth into a happy and successful adult. Opportunities are provided through our distinctive school ethos and curriculum.


Spiritual
Explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect meaningfully on their actions and the actions of others.Explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect meaningfully on their actions and the actions of others.

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

Social
Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; 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 culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

'British values' are defined as:
  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
What does SMSC look like at Clayton CE Primary?
The following examples illustrate some of the teaching and learning to support SMSC. Children are encouraged to:

Be respectful and reflective about their own beliefs and those of others locally, nationally and globally
  • RE Curriculum - visits to places of worship
  • Work together with 'buddies'
  • Welcome all visitors
  • Create class info packs
  • Assembly programme
  • Circle times,
  • PSHE curriculum
  • Investors in Pupils Framework
Be fascinated by diversity, their own life and the world they inhabit
  • Full programme of educational visits
  • Residential visits to London and Ingleborough Hall
  • Outdoor learning
  • Involvement in community events
Be imaginative and creative
  • home skills club
  • baking
  • dance and drama
  • Curriculum links - international primary curriculum
Recognise right and wrong, respect the law and understand the consequences of their behaviour
  • Behaviour policy
  • Class Promises
  • Always a Star awards
  • Visits from police, fire and road safety
  • Links with police through PCSO
Be able to discuss ethical and moral issues in a reasoned manner
  • PSHE - talk about current topics
  • Debates on ethical and moral issues
  • RE - big questions around moral dilemmas
  • Investors in Pupils framework
Use social skills in a range of situations
  • Breakfast club
  • Internet Cafe'
  • Open Mornings
  • Parent Evenings
  • Residential visits
  • Playground Playleaders
  • Year 6 Monitors
Want to help their wider community
  • Church Links
  • Food Bank
  • local and national charity fundraising
  • Working within their LAP
  • Cycling Proficiency
  • Play Leader systems
  • IMPS for year 6
Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the principles of democracy
  • Commemoration and Remembrance
  • School Council decision making in response to pupil vote
  • Work together to make class contracts/promises
  • E-safeguarding including displaying effective posters
  • Digital Leaders
Appreciate that there are many cultures, all of which are shaped by others and which continually develop and interlink in modern Britain
  • Visits to a variety of places of worship
  • Celebrate and acknowledge cultural and faith festivals
  • Calendar of festivals
Have a basic understanding of the parliamentary system of government
  • Understand the basis of laws
  • School Council elections and voting process
  • Curriculum links
  • Role of school Governance through Investors in Pupils framework
Have opportunities to experience and take part cultural activities, such as sport, art, music, dance and drama
Wide range of 'out of school clubs'
  • Karate
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Sewing
  • story telling by peers
  • art
  • gardening
  • climbing wall
  • KS 1 and KS2 choirs
  • sporting events in the LAP area