Celebrating diversity; unlocking the potential
What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.
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 and have an appreciation of British Values.
Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
At Horndale County Infant & Nursery School, the children and their learning are at the very heart of every decision made. The school will help the pupils to develop an inner discipline and will encourage them to not just ‘follow the crowd’ – they will make up their own minds and be ready to accept responsibility for what they do. They will grow through making choices and holding to the choices that they have made. They will want to be honest with themselves and with others. The SMSC education of pupils at is cross-curricular with quality texts at the centre of the planning.
Horndale works towards the school motto which is ‘Working together, a caring sharing partnership’. We seek to promote a caring, compassionate and fair environment within which all pupils are valued and enabled to flourish. We facilitate this by fostering the values of Confidence, Kindesss, Honesty, Respect, Equality and Happiness.
Pupils are encouraged to work hard, push themselves, concentrate, don’t give up, imagine, improve, understand others and to try new things.
The delivery of the curriculum is underpinned by these values and is delivered predominantly through high quality texts. The School Council, consisting of pupils elected from each class, provides a forum for pupils to contribute to the decision-making process in the school.
Aspects of personal, social and health education and religious education within the curriculum provide pupils with opportunities to develop spiritually and morally in a supportive atmosphere. Spiritual and moral themes are also explored in regular whole-school and class assemblies.