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Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural

SMSC – Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural:







The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, 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 about themselves, others and the world around them.

use of imagination and creativity in their learning

  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • 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; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

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 and those of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • knowledge of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain
  • willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Year 1
  • Topic book – RE coverage.
  • Assemblies based on multi-cultural dates on calendar.
  • Thought of the day.
  • Weekly circle time and thoughts of the day.
  • Anti-bullying (circle time).
  • Kindness leaves – nominating a friend.
  • RE – Belonging.
  • Topic – Who Am I – differences in families.

Museum Day.

  • Children in Need.
  • RE – Sikhism/Christianity/ Islam.
  • Growing plants.
  • Show and tell – sharing experiences.
  • Fitness week.
Year 2
  • Islam – scrap book page – pupil shared his religion.
  • RE lessons throughout the year.
  • Assemblies – why we think Lightwoods is special?
  • Harvest Festival.
  • Thinking and Reflection at St Hildas Church.
  • Weekly PSHE lessons – how I am special.

Similarities and differences.

  • Anti-bullying.
  • Residential to Far Forest.
  • Dahlicious day – raising money for less fortunate children.
  • Parents invited in to participate in activities – penguin day, fire engines.
  • Lightwoods Big Read – sharing reading with parents, governors and wider community.
  • Visits to Bleakhouse Library.
  • Visits to Sealife Centre, Selly Manor and Cadbury World.
  • Performances at Christmas.
  • End of year show performance.
  • Athlete visit.
Year 3
  • Thought of the day.
  • Harvest Festival.
  • Thinking and Reflection at St Hildas Church.
  • Anti-bullying.
  • Trips.
  • RE.
  • PSHE curriculum.
  • Parents in school – museum, Roman day, big read, concert and fitness.
  • Performances – end of year show.
  • Athletics.
  • Geography – Greece & Rome.
Year 4
  • Harvest festival assembly.
  • Carol concert – Christmas.
  • Attended Nativity.
  • RE lessons – Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
  • Thought of the Day.
  • KS2 Assemblies.
  • The Man who Changed the World RE exhibition.
  • Whole school assembly.

RE theme week.

  • Reflection work at St Hilda’s.
  • Anti-bullying work and discussion.
  • Whole school assembly.
  • KS assembly.
  • Residential visits.
  • PSHE.
  • RE lessons.
  • Stories with issues and dilemmas.
  • Rainforest topic.
  • Parental involvement; class, school museum, sports afternoon, fitness week, DT work.
  • RE lessons.
  • PSHE/circle time.
  • Residential visits.

School trips – Tamworth Castle and Birmingham.

  • World Book Day,       Children in Need, Red Nose Day.
  • Harvest Festival.
  • Carol Concert.
  • Nativity.
  • Music Concerts.
  • Birmingham Bus tour.
  • RE.
  • RE exhibition.
Year 5
  • Thought of the day.
  • ‘Man who changed the world’ RE seminar (Autumn 2014).
  • RE – comparing different religions.
  • Circle time on bullying.
  • KS2 assembly on celebrating differences.
  • Carol service at St Hildas Church.
  • Trip to Wyre Forest (environment exhibition).
  • Trip to Black Country Museum (Autumn 14).

End of Year Show (Summer 15).

  • Fitness week, athlete visit, Fitness Friday (Spring & Summer 15).
  • Whole school History Museum (Autumn 14).
  • Remembrance assembly/ day (Autumn 14).
Year 6
  • RE examining four major religions and the similarities/differences.  Why is faith important?  When do we need faith?
  • SEAL – faith and sharing our beliefs through caring for others in times of need.
  • RE – Temptation.  To discuss when we are tempted to do things that are wrong.  What choices we should make and why it is important to forgive.
  • SEAL – How people stand up to issues like bullying.
  • Social – RE – How different religions support the community and charities.

How we would support charities.

  • SEAL – changes in our lives – transition from primary / secondary school.
  • Geography – how people live in different parts of the world.  Third world countries compared to our country.
  • Examining cultural differences through religion.