What is SMSC?
SMSC is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of our children. Every school in England has duty to promote SMSC, and particularly the British Values of democracy, the Rule of Law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
At Godwin Primary SMSC underpins all aspects of our curriculum. As a school we follow the International Primary Curriculum which 'takes a global approach; helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries.'
Weekly assemblies this year have introduced and developed children's understanding of the school values, focusing on resilience, respect, tolerance and determination. Promoting both SMSC and the British Values. Children have identified values in both religious and non-religious stories and related to them to how they have to behave and live both in school and the world.
In an assembly on British values children identified where they had democracy:
'We get to vote for who gets to be our school councillor' (Yr 2)
'My teacher lets us vote for what book we want to read at the end of the day' (Yr 1).
Children were also able to relate the rule of law to the behaviour policy in the school, identifying that they received rewards and consequences for following the school rules. They also understood that they had freedom of choice.
Special days and weeks in the curriculum allow the promotion of SMSC and British Values.
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