The main aim of Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education is to provide knowledge and understanding; prepare young people for later life and wider society; and to develop responsible attitudes. It is the key to ‘developing the whole child’.
At Place Farm Primary Academy we believe that the development of pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays an important part in their ability to learn and achieve. We aim to provide a broad education and a range of experiences that provide children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures. By developing each child’s SMSC education, we are actively promoting fundamental British values.
British Values in a diverse community
The fundamental values that we share as British citizens are: a belief in freedom and individual liberty, democracy, mutual tolerance of others with different faiths and beliefs, accepting personal and social responsibility, and respecting and upholding the rule of law.
How do we provide this education at Place Farm?
Children should develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Here at Place Farm Primary Academy, our SMSC education is embedded in all that we do. However, these are some of the ways in which we develop SMSC. You can also discover further examples through each of the specific sections.
- Curriculum: Our topic-based curriculum explores ‘Our World’ and pupils have the opportunity to learn and discover about different people, cultures and lifestyles across the world.
- Extra-curricular activity: Pupils are invited to attend our breakfast and after school clubs, as well as take part in a variety of clubs that run regularly across the year. These include multi-sport, Latin, dance and many more.
- Expectations for Learning – from Reception, our pupils are taught the Academy’s ‘Golden Rules’ which embed our expectations for looking after ourselves, one another and our community. These are thoroughly embedded, discussed and rewarded.
- Assembly – Assemblies take place every morning. They are an opportunity to reflect on local, national or international events and issues. There is also an opportunity for reflection. On a Monday, instead of an assembly there is thoughtful reflection in each class.
- School Council – 24 pupils sit on our school council, 2 representing each class. These pupils are volunteers and discuss pertinent issues which can be democratically discussed.
- Religious Education – This year we have started a termly RE week. Over the course of this week we focus on three different religions and the holidays and festivals they celebrate, so that our children are informed and engaged in the wider world.
Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:
- exploring and reflecting on own beliefs and experiences, religious or otherwise
- respect for differences in faiths, feelings and values
- enjoyment in learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world
- use of imagination and creativity
- willingness to reflect on their experiences
Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
- understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
- interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
Pupils’ social development is shown by their:
- interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues
- being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues
- willingness to take part in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others
- being able to resolve conflicts effectively
- acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values as described above
Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:
- understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others in the community
- understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within the Academy and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
- knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
- willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting, charitable and cultural opportunities
- interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity
- understanding, acceptance, respect for and celebration of diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.