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Coppice Valley Primary School

Respect, Pride, Choice

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC) & Fundamental British Values (FBV)

As part of their curriculum and learning, schools should prepare pupils for ‘life in Britain’. The Department for Education states that schools should do this through their spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development that includes promoting the fundamental British values (FBV) of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance and respect.


At Coppice we believe that SMSC and FBV is essentially about teaching children how to be good citizens. It's about teaching pupils about right and wrong, to appreciate and respect the diversity and beauty of the world around them and to have a good understanding of their immediate environment. It is also learning about the wider world they are growing up in so they can make informed choices about their own opinions and viewpoints.


How does Coppice Valley provide pupils with SMSC & FBV?

SMSC and FBV are at the heart of the school's work as they are an integral part of the school's curriculum. The following diagram shows how SMSC is a part of our pedagogical approach to learning. They are a part of the four cornerstones of engage, develop, innovate and express.

In a typical unit of work, for example the Tribal Tales learning programme in Year 3, pupils could engage with the topic by picking berries and gathering edible plants or visiting a local stone age sites (spiritual engagement with nature and cultural knowledge) then develop their knowledge learning about the Stone age tribes up to the invasion of the Romans in Britain (development of cultural traditions, morality of empires and slavery, rule of law , respect and democracy).


Our programme of assemblies, school ethos and values, Big Questions interactive display, behaviour policy and extra-curricular enrichments are designed to promote SMSC & FBV. Part of our pupil offer is our Coppice 50 experiences. These enriching experiences have been carefully chosen to develop our pupils' SMSC & FBV knowledge skills, in a progressive way that complements their taught curriculum in the classroom. Our Coppice 50 page provides more detail.