SMSC & Cultural Capital



Why SMSC and British Values?

A message from Mrs Powell , our SMSC and British Values lead:

SMSC is vital to a well-rounded curriculum as it is embedded in everything the children learn and do. These skills are vital for children to function within society. We follow and refer to British Values within our lessons to help children identify their importance in modern day Britain.

As part of developing SMSC I am always keen to hear from parents / carers who would be willing to share their knowledge and expertise with the children regarding their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.

Design and Purpose

Our Academy values: Achievement, Belonging, Confidence, Determination and Excellence alongside British values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with difference faith and beliefs are intrinsic in all we do. The curriculum design enables connections to the lives and heritage of our children and their community. We encourage our children to make positive contributions and an understanding of our community and wider society. Within our provision we exemplify British values through the teaching of general behaviours within the Academy. British Values have strong links to the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) aspects of the curriculum and during our schools assemblies, Religious Education and PSHE lessons.

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development. It underpins everything we do as a school.

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

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

- Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them

- Use of imagination and creativity in their learning

- Willingness to reflect on their experiences

The moral development of pupils is shown by their:

- Ability to recognise the different between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England

- Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

- Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.

The social development of pupils is shown by their:

- Use of a range of social skills in different contexts

- Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings

- Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

- Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others

- Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for modern life in Britain

- Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

- Willingness to participate in and respond to artistic, musical, sporting and cultural opportunities

- Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

At Darlinghurst, we wish to offer a curriculum that enables children (no matter what stage or background) to develop knowledge and skills to succeed in a complex world, cultivating a sense of humanity and belonging. Holistic success is central to our design, to increase effectiveness and improving educational excellence and life chances. SMSC and British Values are embedded within all our lessons and activities in school. We value and celebrate the diversity of all our pupils and the communities that we belong to.

Termly Reflections


Our new RE curriculum has enabled our children to think more deeply about different religions, as well as furthering their respect for different religions and cultures. We celebrated religious festivals such as Diwali, Christingle and Christmas. Across the school, children created Christingles and Christmas decorations to commemorate this Christian festival. As part of our PSHE curriculum, we started the year by setting class rules and thinking about our roles and responsibilities.

In October, we commemorated Black History Month. In art, children studied the African American painter, Alma Woodsey Thomas and were inspired to recreate her work using water colours. Reception read the story Handa's Surprise and tasted some different fruit like in the book. Year 2 looked at what this meant and studied different British individuals, creating profiles about them. Year 3 reflected on the meaning of Black History Month, studying a timeline of key events through the years. Many of the children were able to identify Black History figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jnr and in addition they added to a class list of significant figures such as Misty Copeland, Ella Fitzgerald and Dr Mae Jemison. Year 5 focused on influential figures in sport and music such as Stormzy. They have been reading poems by Majorie Blackman and Benjamin Zephaniah and have created their own poems about being British.

In November, the children commemorated Remembrance Day by having a 2 minute silence across the school and learning about the significance of the day in class.

This term also saw the introduction of the new focused topic, 'News' which enabled children to learn about what was happening across the globe, enabling them to learn about the Covid19 epidemic and environmental issues


We commemorated many events and special days virtually. As part of Eco-week, children were able to explore the debate behind some key moral and ethical issues through learning about littering, recycling and climate change. Mrs Powell encouraged children to complete tasks at home from making bug hotels, creating posters about climate change to litter picking.

The Year 6 keyworker bubble went on a litter pick outside the school and collected 4 sacks of rubbish from the brook and Manchester Drive.

For Safer Internet Day children received a combination of live lessons and independent tasks to complete remotely. We observed LGBTQ+ Month by having live lessons about different families and identity. The children drew pictures of their own families.

Years 1 to 6 also learnt about Climate Change through this term's focus topic. Children in Year 5 created a rap about what we could do to solve the problem and Year 6 wrote a newspaper report on the effects of climate change on animals.


Our Junior Governors have been supporting our local community by writing letters to the residents at Admiral Court and growing sunflowers to give them as gifts. Year 6 enjoyed a virtual visit from Karen Penny, an inspirational woman who is currently trying to raise money for Alzheimer's by walking around the coast of the UK (20,000 miles). The children have also been learning about equality and discrimination in their PSHE lessons including a special assembly in year 5 focusing on the issue of racism.

In Summer 2, we will be having a Multicultural Fortnight whereby each year group will focus on learning about a Commonwealth Country, linking to our own school's ethnicities.


Our children learn to be active citizens by ensuring their voices are heard and by bringing our school into the future through their social, moral and cultural development. They also use British Values as a basis to encourage skills of participation in a democracy. They develop the skills such as how to work with others, communicating their ideas and thinking critically. They gain the knowledge of what values are important to our culture and community, as well as a knowledge and respect of other cultures and religions. Our children are equipped to show a high level of empathy and emotional intelligence through these knowledge and skills so that they are well prepared for everyday life and a future outside of school. In a sense, we focus on the whole child so that they can be successful in what they do and contribute effectively.

We have been able to have different visitors virtually. Year 4 enjoyed a visit from a dental hygienist which helped them understand how best to look after their teeth for their Science lessons. Year 6 were riveted by Mr Bermon who explained the Jewish festival of Passover to them.

'Achieving Excellence Together'

Useful websites

SMSC and British Values Gallery

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