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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

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Vision Statement

In our school, we want the children to grow in knowledge and understanding and to be happy, confident and caring people. We will help them to achieve their potential, to make informed choices, to respect the beliefs and lifestyles of other people and to care for their environment, within a supportive Christian community.

At Wilberfoss Church of England Primary School, we are aware that our pupils’ personal development: social, moral, spiritual and cultural, plays a vital role not only in their on-going learning and achievement, but also in helping them to become perceptive, interested and engaging people.

We strive to provide our pupils with opportunities to explore and develop their understanding of SMSCD so that they may flourish as children of God who can contribute positively to world around them.


Collective Worship 
All schools are required to have a daily act of collective worship which is mainly Christian in character.  The school has a planned programme for collective worship with weekly religious or moral themes.  Collective worship may be whole-school, Key Stage or year-group based and may be led by the Head teacher, members of staff or visitors including the Vicar or other members of the church community.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from collective worship. Should this be parents’/carers’ wishes, they should make an appointment with the Head teacher to discuss alternative arrangements for the time.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) within the curriculum

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education is not regarded as a discrete area of the curriculum and seeks to enhance pupils’ SMSC development across all subject areas.



As a Church of England Primary School, we want to provide our pupils with the opportunities for academic, personal and spiritual development within a Christian context; and to help them to lay the foundations for a faith for life. We hope that, through their experiences within this school, pupils will embrace the Christian tradition in its broadest sense and respect the integrity and worth of all people, regardless of their beliefs or lifestyles.


We will work with the Church to help pupils to gain a growing understanding of the teachings of Jesus so that they will:

  • develop a life-code based upon Christian values;
  • love their neighbour;
  • gain an awareness of how to make a positive contribution to the lives of other people;
  • understand that everyone is accepted and of equal worth.


Spiritual Development

Spiritual development within a Church school enriches and encourages children’s understanding of God the creator, and of the awe and wonder of our world, both natural and man-made.

We will develop pupils’ spirituality through:

  • prayer and worship;
  • giving thanks for the school and the experiences and opportunities offered therein;
  • thinking about key questions (eg the meaning of truth, good and evil etc) at an age-appropriate level;
  • access to the Arts;
  • recognition of skills, abilities and talents;
  • developing  imagination and creativity;
  • developing curiosity and the desire to question;
  • developing pupils’ sense of worth and belonging;


Moral Development

Young pupils will be given opportunities to develop a moral code through:

  • being given opportunities to explore issues at an age-appropriate level and within the context of the Bible’s teachings;
  • gaining an understanding about right and wrong, and about forgiveness and justice;
  • developing Christian values by which to live;
  • learning from teachings of other faiths in order to become tolerant citizens of a multi-faith world.


Social Development

“As I have loved you, so must you love one another.” - John 13:34

We see this quote from the Bible as fundamental to pupils’ social learning and will teach them how to put this into practice in their respectful relationships both with each other and the wider community.


Cultural Development

As a Church school we will promote pupils’ understanding of Christianity from a global perspective, and help them to begin to understand the diverse nature of our world through offering opportunities to meet people from other faiths and countries; to experience a wide range of literature and art and to access resources from other cultures.

British Values


Instilling key British Values is an essential part of our RESPECT agenda which all of our children understand. We have five key British Values, which we will be learning about in class and assemblies.

  • R - Responsibility
  • E - Empathy
  • S - Sharing
  • P - Politeness
  • E - Equality
  • C - Caring
  • T - Tolerance

Our Five Main British Values:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

These values are included throughout areas/activities of the school and the pupils. For example, in school council representation, agreeing on a class charter, class and school rules and responsibilities, our anti-bullying ann eSafeguarding policies, PSHE lessons, and a full range of extra-curricular activities.
In lessons we teach about the importance of understanding the diverse nature of Great Britain, religious and cultural tolerance and respect including LBGTQ issues, recognising that some aspects of culture cannot be accepted and understanding and learning about the UNICEF Rights of Children, which includes these vital aspects: 

  • Non-discrimination: gender, race, religion, ability, thought, wealth, poverty.
  • Best interests of the child: must be prioritised.
  • Right to survival and development: right to life and to achieve potential.
  • Participation: must be consulted about things affecting their lives. Right to express opinion.
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