What is Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education?

Pupils at Coppice Valley receive a rich diet of spiritual, moral, social and cultural education because it is an integral part of the planned Coppice Curriculum.

This includes Fundamental British Values (FBV).

Curriculum and Planning

The Coppice Curriculum includes the Coppice 50 (appendix A) which are planned SMSC opportunities for each year group that aim to enrich and extends pupils’ experiences so they have the cultural capital to lead successful lives. The Cornerstones curriculum includes planned SMSC and FBV. Some subjects, like RE and PSHE, lend themselves naturally to SMSC opportunities.  

Coppice Valley has a whole school approach to SMSC that includes:

Whole school assemblies and weekly celebrations of values, visits to places of worship and visits to school by different representatives of religions and belief-systems, annual residentials for years 1-6, Christmas and Easter celebrations, nurture groups, Diversity week, All Around the World day, Give it Go day, meditation and mindfulness, charitable projects, Eco-schools, healthy schools, whole school pupil voice conferences, anti-bullying week, YoiMoji character and values education, sports competitions, crucial crew, peer listeners and daily lunchtime calm club, buddies for new pupils, visits to the local council offices and our whole school theatre visit.

Due to our SMSC & FBV provision, Coppice Valley pupils are able to show their learning in the following ways.

The Spiritual Development of children is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s feelings, values and faiths.
  • 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

The Moral Development of children is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives.
  • to have a respect for the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour
  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues. Able to accept, respect and appreciate that others may have a different viewpoint.

The Social Development of children 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
  • willingness to volunteer
  • interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels
  • acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, respect and tolerance of those with differing faiths and beliefs. Their attitudes towards these British values allows the children to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

The Cultural Development of children is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • 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 religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.