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SMSC and PSHE

The half-termly planner below will tell you what we are learning in SMSC

Autumn first half term

Autumn second half term

You can find out what the children will be learning  in more detail in PSHE by looking at the year group curriculum plan

Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6 

‘SMSC and PSHE’ are buzz phrases in education and a focus for Ofsted inspections, but you may wonder what they actually mean!?

Spiritual

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral

Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.

Social

Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

Cultural

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

 We ensure that whole school assemblies link to SMSC & British Values on a weekly basis, and include enrichment opportunities to further consolidate our children’s understanding of SMSC objectives.

For example:

  • United Nations ‘Rights Respecting’ assembly foci
  • ‘Celebrating Black Excellence’ workshops
  • Anti-bullying and Inclusion themed learning week
  • Go givers ‘Make a Difference Challenge’ child-led fundraising for the local community 
  • Road safety demonstrations
  • Police, MP & fire brigade visits
  • Smart school council (see pupil voice for more detail)
  • Current affairs discussion club
  • Careers and enterprise week

...and much more!

Our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum sets out clearly where our PSHE learning objectives link to SMSC/British Values objectives.  Every year group records their PSHE/SMSC outcomes in a shared class ‘big book’ and has a ‘special books shelf’ which displays a careful selection of fiction books that represent various cultures, sexualities, different types of families, life experiences, social issues and moral dilemmas. The selection also includes non-fiction books with topical information about current affairs such as refugees, sustainability, democracy and the rule of law.  These fabulous books are listed in our PSHE curriculum maps – see link for reference.