What is Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education?
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) is not taught as a discreet subject in itself but rather it pervades all aspects of learning and aims to ensure our children learn to develop attitudes and beliefs that will make them well-rounded, tolerant, respectful, open-minded and informed future citizens.
From the definitions of each aspect of SMSC below, it is possible to see how these easily combine with many curriculum subjects so that our aims can be achieved.
- Experiencing wonders of the world (man-made and natural) to develop fascination, awe and wonder
- Exploring the values and beliefs of others to develop empathy and respect
- Having a range of experiences to develop understanding of human feelings and emotions
- Using imagination and creativity in learning to develop and celebrate individuality in expressive responses
- Investigating values and ethical issues to develop their own moral principles
- Exploring behaviours and their consequences in order to recognise right and wrong and to make right choices for themselves
- Having a range of opportunities to express their own views and understand that others may hold different views or beliefs
- Experiencing real life social situations to develop personal qualities and social skills
- Participating in co-operative debate and role play that promotes the skills of conflict resolution
- Appreciating the rights and responsibilities of individuals within the wider social setting (families, school, local and wider communities) to develop understanding of how communities and societies function
- Exploring their own culture and the culture of others (locally and internationally) to develop understanding and respect for diversity, to challenge assumptions and negative stereotypes
- Participate and respond to a well selected repertoire of cultural media and traditions in order to develop a sense of personal enrichment and appreciation of culture
- Having a range of opportunities to express their own particular gifts and talents in music, art and literature in order to develop personal creative qualities