SMSC at Holyport CE Primary School




At Holyport CE Primary School, we want our pupils to be successful, confident learners and responsible citizens. We recognise the importance of both the academic and personal development and well- being of every child in our school. This includes recognising the importance of providing a range of opportunities for our pupils to respond to, that supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Holyport CE Primary School ensures that the requirements are met as set out in Section 78 of the Education Act 2002, to promote and develop children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. We also promote children understanding of fundamental British values though our Christian ethos and school values and in using the United Nations Contention on the Rights of the child.


SMSC development of our pupils is promoted across the curriculum and in the wider life of the school by:

  • providing an appropriate range of effective teaching and learning strategies that enables pupils to reflect on and respond to the issues of SMSC importance and concern
  • maintain a positive climate in school in which all are valued and respected and expected to make a positive contribution
  • encouraging teachers to plan for and respond to opportunities to develop SMSC development and to ensure subject leader have an understanding of SMSC education in their subject
  • recognising the importance of our collective worship programme in supporting and encouraging SMSC development
  • reviewing the effectiveness and impact of our policy and practice as part of our cycle of school development.




Spiritual Development


Our pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • Beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feeling and values
  • Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
  • Use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • Willingness to reflect on their experiences and learning The way in which we promote this through extra provision:
  • Our weekly School Values teaching where we reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life.
  • Dedicated space/time within the school environment and curriculum for prayer and contemplation
  • Behaviour recovery –use of reflection time
  • Meditation intervention
  • Experiencing moments of stillness and reflection
  • Charity days – e.g.  Year group charities during Lent
  • Religious Festivals – Festival days and assemblies
  • Multicultural experiences
  • Religious education Curriculum – visits to places of worship
  • PSHE Curriculum
  • Emotional Resilience Champions - Pupil Led
  • Memorable Enrichment Experiences
  • Higher Order Questioning
  • Subject focus days
  • Homework menus – home learning projects
  • Marking of special days e.g. Days of Prayer, International Peace day


Moral Development

Pupils’ moral development in shown by their:

  • Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives
  • Understanding of the consequences of their actions
  • Truthfulness and honesty taught in our Character & Values Assemblies
  • Respecting the rights of others (UNICEF Rights of the Child) in their class charters
  • Interest in investigating, and offered reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues


The way in which we promote this through extra provision:

  • Our school Values
  • Our learning behaviours and Learning Working Heads (explicit 'Character' development)
  • Our class and playground Rights Respecting charters and modelling of responsible and respectful behaviours
  • Behaviour Recovery – time for reflection sheet
  • PSHE/Pyramid & Christopher Winters Scheme
  • School Councillor Election
  • Pupil leadership/responsibilities e.g Collective Worship and Values Team,Technology Troopers, Online safety mascot supports online behaviours and internet safety
  • School Assembly themes
  • Acceptable Use Agreements
  • NSPCC and Police Led Workshops including PANTS initiative, Peer Pressure, Safe Online Behaviours
  • British Values embedded in termly value theme
  • Pedestrian, Scootability & Bikeability safety training
  • It’s Your Move and No. 22 –transition units for Year 6 pupils


Social Development

 Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating will with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively
  • Interest in and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.


The way in which we promote this through extra provision: 

  • Our school Values, learning about service and building our wall of acts of friendship and kindness
  • School choir – care home visits
  • Festival of Remembrance – British Legion
  • Pupil Leadership & Committees
  • World Kindness Day
  • Well-being, interventions and nurture through ELSAs
  • Memorable social enrichment experiences
  • Harvest – food bank donations
  • Participation in Projects within the Community e.g. Rotary Club
  • After School Clubs 


Cultural Development

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European, Commonwealth and global dimensions.
  • Willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • Interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.


The way in which we promote this through extra provision:

  • Our School Values
  • Subject focus day – Geography / History / Art
  • Black History and Diversity Week themes – study of influential leaders
  • Festival Assemblies and Places of Worship Visits ( Building Bridges scheme)
  • Open the book assemblies
  • School Environment
  • Enrichment opportunities (funded through the HSA)
  • After School Clubs
  • Celebration assemblies – half termly and end of year
  • Christmas and Easter Church Concert
  • Guitar, Flute tuition through Berkshire Music Trust ( Formerly Berkshire Maestros)
  • Violin lessons in Year 5
  • MFL Curriculum traditions and cultures – Spanish
  • Christmas and Year 6 productions
  • Braywick Nature Centre visits
  • Classes write assemblies, to include pupils own backgrounds and interests
  • Norden Farm Arts- e.g. Shakespeare in school Project and Cultural-art workshops in school
  • Ufton Court Residential – Year 4
  • Manor Adventure Residential – Year 6
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