Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
At St. Patrick’s, we believe that the personal development of children is an important factor in their ability to learn and achieve. We therefore, consider it of unmost importance to provide an education with opportunities for children to explore, develop and understand their own and others’ beliefs and attitudes.
All National Curriculum subjects provide opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This focus is embedded throughout our school curriculum and community. Opportunities for the development of SMSC range from English and RE (Religious Education) lessons through to assemblies, collective worship, charity work, visiting speakers and a wide range of extra-curricular and out of school activities. Of course, a significant contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils is made through our school ethos and daily interactions with children.
Pupils’ spiritual development involves the growth of their sense of self, their unique potential, their understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and their will to achieve. As their curiosity about themselves and their place in the world increases, they try to answer for themselves some of life’s fundamental questions. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to foster their own inner lives and non-material wellbeing.
Pupils’ moral development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict, a concern for others and the will to do what is right. They are able and willing to reflect on the consequences of their actions and learn how to forgive themselves and others. They develop the knowledge, skills and understanding, qualities and attitudes they need in order to make responsible moral decisions and act on them.
Pupils’ social development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities (local, national and global), and an ability to relate to others and to work with others for the common good. They display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities.
Pupils’ cultural development involves pupils acquiring an understanding of cultural traditions and the ability to appreciate and respond to a variety of aesthetic experiences. They acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others, an interest in others’ ways of doing things and curiosity about differences. They develop the knowledge, skills, understanding, qualities and attitudes they need to understand, appreciate and contribute to culture.