Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

A high quality SMSC curriculum helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens. At Washingwell, our SMSC teaching encourages pupils to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school, community and wider world in which they live. They learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning, tackling many of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues that are part of growing up in modern Britain. They also find out about the main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of a community and the wider world. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Through the provision of SMSC, we aim to:

  • enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
  • encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
  • enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
  • further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • encourage respect for other people;
  • encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.

We teach a range of knowledge, skills and understanding throughout school:


The children’s programme is delivered in the classroom setting with active participation from children and class teachers. The course material is age appropriate with key messages being delivered through a variety of media including song, rhyme and action, puppetry, group discussion, games and worksheets.

During the programme the children cover a range of topics including, their own feelings (happy/sad), respecting and valuing their own bodies, bullying, computer and internet safety, inappropriate touching and secrets in relation to abuse. Children devise strategies (as a group and as individuals) for keeping themselves safe. Strategies include the confidence and ability to say ‘NO’ to anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, and children identify their own support network of trusted adults that they can turn to if they are scared or worried about anything.



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