SMSC is at the heart of everything that we do from EYFS to Year 6.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced and is designed to ensure every pupil achieves their full potential which includes developing as a young citizen. All National Curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. These have been mapped out to ensure that every opportunity is utilised.
Awe and wonder are an integral part of developing pupils’ spiritual development here at Ribble Drive. Pupils are taught to admire and appreciate the world around them and wonder about life’s big questions. Pupils’ spiritual development also involves the growth of pupils’ sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster to become a rounded person. Moments for self-reflection are essential across the curriculum.
Pupils’ moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. Our trauma informed approach supports and encourages pupils to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act upon them. Opportunities for discussion and debate are embedded across the curriculum.
Pupils’ social development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. We are currently working towards our gold award for children’s rights and this supports the social development of every pupil. Through this work, we have supported the local community in improving the local area, They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities.
Pupils’ cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and ability to appreciate and respond positively to a variety of aesthetic experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others’ ways of doing things and curiosity about differences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture. Respect underpins this development