What is SMSC?
Moral, Social and Cultural development enables children to thrive in a
supportive, highly cohesive learning community.
spiritual development is shown by their ability to be reflective about their
own beliefs that inform their interest in and respect for different people’s
faiths, feelings and values. It is shown by their sense of enjoyment and
fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, by
their willingness to reflect on their experiences and by their use of
imagination and creativity in their learning. (Eg Creative Curriculum and RE
moral development is shown by their ability to recognise the difference between
right and wrong and readily applying this in their own lives, respecting the
civil and criminal law of England. It is shown by pupils’ understanding of
consequences of their behaviour and actions and their interest in investigating
and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical views (including understanding
and appreciating the viewpoints of others. This is reflected in our ‘Behaviour
on the link at the foot of the page) and our ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ (click on the link at the foot of the page).
social development is shown by their use of a range of social skills in different
contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different
religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. (Eg Our SLN project) It is
shown by their willingness to participate in a variety of communities and
social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and
being able to solve conflicts effectively. (Eg Lostock Listeners) It is also
shown by pupils’ acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values
of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and
tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. (See below…)
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 and an understanding of the range of cultures within school and
further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern
Britain. This means pupils will develop knowledge of Britain’s parliamentary
system (Eg work during election week) and will respond positively to artistic,
sporting and cultural opportunities.
British Values at
Lostock Primary School
At Lostock Primary
School we uphold and teach pupils about British Values which are defined as:
Democracy, Rule of Law,
Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths
These values are
taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHE), and
Religious Education (RE). We also teach British Values through planning and
delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
school takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through whole
school assemblies and whole school systems and structures such as electing and
running a successful School Council. We also actively promote British values
through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real
opportunities for exploring these values.
Please see our blog for examples of SMSC work that is carried out here at Lostock Primary School.