Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Learning at Slimbridge Primary School


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is not a stand-alone subject but rather an ethos that runs through all aspects of school life. It is an opportunity to eliminate bias and encourage balance, and therefore is present in how we talk, act and model to the school community and we aim to produce children who are self-assured, happy, emotionally articulate and confident individuals. We run specific programmes/subjects to support this development;

Philosophy for Children

Religious Education

School Values Assemblies

Chess in Schools

Be the Best You can Be

PHSE – Jigsaw

Learning Powers

We Can

Outdoor Learning

Local history and Arts programmes (Local Curriculum)

Celebrate Local and International cultural events

Community and Cluster events

But equally important are the high expectations for good manners, modelled across the school by staff and the discussions that Honesty is not a school value but a personal value.

What does SMSC mean?

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to be reflective and their beliefs, religious and other, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning
  • Use and appreciation of imagination and creativity
  • A willingness to reflect

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise what is right and wrong and apply this to their decision making. This includes an understanding of the civil and criminal law of England
  • Understand the consequences of their actions
  • Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and understand the viewpoint of others can be different but valid.

The Social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Developing a range of social skills to enable children to be tolerant and understanding of people of different religions, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings and understand the need to resolve conflicts
  • Accept and embrace with the British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance for all groups in the UK. Also see British values opportunities table.

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • Understand and appreciate the range of cultures within the school and community
  • Knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and how it has shaped history
  • Willingness to participate in and respond to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, understanding and showing respect for different faiths and cultures. So that they respect, show tolerance and celebrate different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups.