Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
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 and have an appreciation of British Values.
Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
At Kingsley we believe in building a community of confident, responsible, caring, compassionate, respectful and highly motivated children who will grow up into strong and active members of society who are are equipped with the necessary skills to be: successful, moral adults that live healthy lifestyles and take on new and challenging opportunities.
Our school curriculum is planned to support this, and enriched with a wealth of opportunities for pupils to learn and play together, to take part in a variety of cultural activities, to challenge stereotypes, raise aspirations and celebrate diversity.
SMSC will deliver a curriculum that:
- Enhances community and celebrates the cultural diversity within our school.
- Is inclusive, develops self-confidence and identifies that all our children are unique, as well as recognising their potential.
- Encourages our children to be self-motivated, independent and resilient by developing inquiry based skills that allow them to make mistakes and learn from them.
- Enables each child to add a positive contribution to their community and the wider society.
- Promotes an equal value on their physical and mental well-being and ensures they are prepared for life in modern Britain.
SMSC is essential to the academic progress of pupils. It doesn’t happen in isolation – it permeates the school and is linked to everything we do and is supported and articulated by school leaders and governors and should be visible in all day-to-day decisions and relationships. We place an emphasis on active learning by involving the children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts and set agreed classroom rules of behaviour.
Pupils have the knowledge of how to develop their self-esteem and self-awareness and make informed choices and decisions. Pupils can make sense of their own personal and social experiences and can understand and manage their own feelings. Pupils start to have an understanding how society works and the rights and responsibilities involved.