Subject Leader - Mrs Jones

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

At Orchard Primary School we believe that Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is so important in helping your child grow into a happy and successful adult.  At Orchard Primary SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) development underpins the schools’ values, ethos and day to day learning throughout the school.

Provision for SMSC reaches far beyond any separate slot within the curriculum. In school SMSC development occurs through explicit teaching, such as in PSHE lessons and planned assembly themes, and more indirectly, for example through the communication of our school ethos, implementation of our behaviour policies, clubs and school events.


 Ofsted - Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life & their interest in & respect for different people’s feelings & 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


 Ofsted – Pupils’ moral development is 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
  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.


  Ofsted - Pupil's 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 well 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.


Ofsted - Pupils' cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage
  • 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 religions, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

SMSC Provision.pdf

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