SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Curriculum and British Values)

At Fairfields Primary school the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) strands weave through our school ethos, as reflected in our school Creed, rather than been taught in separate lessons.

We recognise that the development of pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in. We, therefore, aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ. Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and aspects that we nurture, encourage and develop through our curriculum.

SMSC is part of our Creative curriculum, our Physical Education, RE and PSHE lessons. It is also part of our Big Buddy, Little Buddy sessions, assemblies and daily mile. The inclusion of SMSC across the school is a key means of promoting fundamental British values in school and within the wider community.

Using the Cornerstones pedagogy and curriculum puts spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education at the heart of our school creative curriculum.


Pupils spiritual development 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 faiths, feelings and values
  • 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

We encourage and praise the children’s ability to ask questions and share ideas in a highly respectful manner so they feel supported and knowledgeable.


Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and their readiness to apply this understanding in their own lives 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 being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues.
  • ability to develop an acceptance of other people, understanding the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination.


Pupils’ social development 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
  • 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, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain

As a teaching staff we continually encourage children to play and share experiences as a whole school to really support their social development.


Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • willingness to participate in, and respond positively to, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the local, national and global communities
  • knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

Children at Fairfields school are exposed to a wide range of literature, music and information to enhance their cultural development.