Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
SMSC is an essential part of our teaching and learning at Delph Primary School. It is very important for children's individual development, as well as the development of society as a whole. It is about preparing our children to live full and active lives as part of their community and into adulthood. It is, we believe, at the heart of what education is all about.
Spiritual development in SMSC is concerned with developing the non-material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Beliefs that help provide perspective on life may be rooted in a religion, but equally may not. Creativity and imagination is important, as is a sense of fascination, awe and wonder.
The moral element is largely about choices, behaviour and how you live your life. It's also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements.
Social development is about pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. This element of SMSC includes a significant area of personal growth, ranging from engagement with society's institutions to the skills for successful personal relationships.
Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures. There will be opportunities for pupils to experience this through e.g.art, theatre and visits/travel. Valuing cultural diversity and challenging racism is important.
Here are just some of the activities we have done as part of SMSC development at our school this year...
- Our invitation to the Houses of Parliament - Y5 pupils speaking about diversity (Nov 2016)
- Year 5 Heartstone Odyssey Project
- Visit from local Member of Parliament, Debbie Abrahams, talking to pupils in KS2 (Oct 2016)
- Our special links with Coppice Primary Academy continue. Joint ventures with our Coppice friends have included: a visit to the Science Centre, forest school activities, joint M6 theatre productions & team building at the Castleshaw Centre.
- Home Safety Exhibition (Oct 2016)
- Young Enterprise Event at Oldham Academy North (Nov 2015)
- School Band & KS2 pupils Carol Sing in the Village, at Coppice Academy & Stoneswood House (Dec 2015)
- Y5 & Y6 ChildLine Assembly & workshops (Jan 2016)
- Y5 visited the European Islamic Centre (January 2016)
- Y6 visited St Thomas’ Church in Delph, for Experience Easter (March 2016)
- Y6 Residential Weekend to Robinwood (March 2016)
- Bikebility Level 2 Course completed by Y6
- Fire Service Visit - Teaching life-saving CPR to Year 6 (May 2016)
- Y6 visited the Stockport Recycling Centre (May 2016)
- Crucial Crew Event at Mahdlo (June 2016)
- Investigating & Investing in our Community with the 'Fiver Challenge' Y1-Y6 (June 2016)
- Y5 read the inspirational book 'I am Malala'
- Oldham Primary School Business Challenge (May/June 2016)
- Dementia Awareness Workshop in Y6 (July 2016).