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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)

Panshanger Primary School incorporates many aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) in its curriculum and lesson planning. 

It is understood that some lessons are more suitable than others for making natural links to SMSC but we want to ensure that opportunities are not missed. 

In a general sense, many aspects of SMSC are covered in assemblies, trips, charity fundraising, social and cultural events e.g. artwork, school productions, concerts as well as teamwork in a range of activities. 

Individual subjects might incorporate SMSC in the following ways: 

  • Creating a sense of wonder 
  • Creating a sense of fulfilment 
  • Creating time for reflection and contemplation 
  • Asking questions about existence and purpose 

Our curriculum aims to be broad, balanced, flexible, relevant, inclusive, and well planned to include aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education. To do this we: 

  • develop in students a curiosity for knowledge. 
  • build a range of independent learning skills and develop enquiring minds. 
  • foster a sense of personal identity and self-worth. 
  • create a climate that stimulates excitement about learning. 
  • work hard to contextualise learning. 
  • recognise that the most effective learning is collaborative and social. 
  • work towards building a community feel – locally, nationally and internationally in order to develop active citizens of the world. 
  • foster a lifelong love of learning and equip learners to cope with the rapidly changing needs of the world in which we live. 

Ultimately, all these strands combine to give each of the children the best life chances and allow them to make choices about their contribution to our community – these are the ingredients for a happy and successful life. This is most effectively achieved through a blend of traditional expectations and creative learning approaches; where learning is planned but space is left for unexpected and emerging ideas.