Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are taught, reflected upon and embedded fully throughout all aspects of school life. It is the over arching umbrella that encompasses individual personal development, encouraging us to think about the kind of people we aspire to be and the kind of world we aspire to create. It is an essential part of preparing our children to learn and achieve and to live full active lives as part of their community, as well as contributing to the development of society as a whole.
At Cove Infant School we promote SMSC and British Values through our broad, integrated and enriched curriculum, through our school and learning values and through our strong links with parents and the community.
The development of SMSC and British Values is crucial because it develops the whole child, preparing them for their future lives and to be active citizens. It allows children to develop a deeper understanding of the wider world, develop an understanding and empathy of themselves and others and empowers them to take responsibility for their positive role in society later in life. It allows them to thrive in a rapidly changing society and enables them to become happy, healthy, respectful individuals that have a love of life so that they know the difference between right and wrong and to develop lively, enquiring minds.
At Cove Infant School we, therefore, aim to provide learning opportunities to explore and develop:
- Children’s own values and beliefs
- Their own spiritual awareness
- Their own high standards of personal behaviour
- A positive, caring and tolerant attitude towards other people
- An understanding of their social and cultural traditions
- An appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
“It is right to make sensible choices and follow the rules.”
“I really enjoy learning new stuff. It’s exciting. I loved doing Chinese dancing. They talk differently to us.”
“It’s important to listen to each other and help people.”
“There was a lovely smell in our classroom. I think it was an angel because they smell nice.”
“Look after each other. You can play alone or play with friends. You have to respect and be helpful and kind to everybody.”
“Rules help to keep us safe and save the world.”