Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

Intent

At Birchwood, we value SMSC as a highly important and necessary part of our children’s education. It 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 beyond.

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.

Our one school rule of ‘Consideration and Respect’ provides the foundations onto which our children’s social and moral understanding and awareness can be built.

Implementation

Our children access explicit teaching of elements of SMSC through our PSHE and RE curriculums and school assemblies.

PSHE is part of our curriculum. It aids our children’s social, spiritual and moral development. Alongside our planned PSHE curriculum, which is covered from the day that children start at Birchwood until the moment that they leave, we place importance on making valuable contributions to society by choosing an and annual charity to support within school. We also participate in a range of national events that support our PSHE curriculum, including Safer Internet Day, Red Nose Day, Children in Need and NSPCC Number Day. At Birchwood, the context of PSHE delivery has been adapted to fit the needs of our school community. We use PSHE to support cultural diversity, mutual respect, acceptance and appreciation of others and their differences. 

Within our RE curriculum, we recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.  Our children are given opportunities to learn about these celebrations throughout school as they learn about key world religions. Through discussions, we encourage our children to recognise that we all have differing beliefs and that this help to create a rich and varied community. Our RE curriculum is further supported by trips and visits to places of worship to allow our children to build on their knowledge, understanding and awareness of other faiths and cultural practices.

 

In addition to our PSHE and RE curriculums, we weave SMSC into all curriculum areas, making meaningful links wherever relevant.

Implementation

Our children access explicit teaching of elements of SMSC through our PSHE and RE curriculums and school assemblies.

PSHE is part of our curriculum. It aids our children’s social, spiritual and moral development. Alongside our planned PSHE curriculum, which is covered from the day that children start at Birchwood until the moment that they leave, we place importance on making valuable contributions to society by choosing an and annual charity to support within school. We also participate in a range of national events that support our PSHE curriculum, including Safer Internet Day, Red Nose Day, Children in Need and NSPCC Number Day. At Birchwood, the context of PSHE delivery has been adapted to fit the needs of our school community. We use PSHE to support cultural diversity, mutual respect, acceptance and appreciation of others and their differences. 

Within our RE curriculum, we recognise that people have different beliefs and celebrate special times in different ways.  Our children are given opportunities to learn about these celebrations throughout school as they learn about key world religions. Through discussions, we encourage our children to recognise that we all have differing beliefs and that this help to create a rich and varied community. Our RE curriculum is further supported by trips and visits to places of worship to allow our children to build on their knowledge, understanding and awareness of other faiths and cultural practices.

 

In addition to our PSHE and RE curriculums, we weave SMSC into all curriculum areas, making meaningful links wherever relevant.