Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Although, not officially part of the national curriculum, all schools in England must show how well they support children's SMSC development.
What does each aspect of SMSC include?
The opportunity to explore beliefs, experience and faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect on experiences.
The opportunity to learn what is right and wrong and respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues and offer reasoned views.
The opportunity to use a range of social skills to participate in the local community and beyond; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict.
The opportunity to explore and appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
The Silverhill curriculum extends our children beyond the academic and provides our children with a broader development. We ensure opportunities to enhance our children's spiritual, moral, social and cultural are embedded in all our topics.
We promote equality of opportunity and diversity effectively to ensure that all children regardless of their background, culture or faith are celebrated for who they are and feel their identity is important to Silverhill. Every child is a piece of the Silverhill Jigsaw – without one piece, it is not complete.
"Pupils' personal development is outstanding. Pupils learn about different cultures and faiths. They visit places of worship, such as mosques and gurdwaras. They are respectful of others' beliefs. Pupils discuss and debate current local and national issues. Pupils told us that they 'feel valued at this school'. Pupils learn about the importance of supporting their community. For example, pupils have raised over £20,000 for different charities over the past year."
(Ofsted; October 2019)