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SMSC and Values

SMSC and the Curriculum

SMSC is about developing the whole person through Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural experiences.

In our school SMSC is promoted through different subject areas.



We develop our awareness of the power of music by reflecting and expressing our own thoughts and feelings and our willingness to participate and respond to musical and cultural opportunities.



We foster awareness and understanding of a range of believes and practises in our community and the wider world. SMSC within RE, helps pupils develop their sense of identity and belonging in an increasingly diverse society.



We prepare for the challenges of living and learning in a technology enriched world, making clear guidelines about the ethical use of the internet.



We study a variety of genres which develops our awareness of moral and social issues, while increasing confidence and expertise in language which is an important aspect of our individual and social identity.



We appreciate that mathematics contributes to our everyday life and by working together we are able to achieve better results. We explore patterns and mathematical relationships using logical reasoning to help us make decisions and choices.



We are encouraged to reflect on the wonder of the natural world. By showing an awareness of the way science can effect society and the environment, we show respect for different opinions.



We appreciate the achievements of past societies and the motivation of individuals, recognising that actions have consequences, by considering the results of events and decisions made in history.



We create opportunities to reflect on the diverse nature of our world, thinking about changing landscapes and the environment and developing our awareness of issues surrounding climate change.



We use art to develop our aesthetic appreciation, exploring feelings of awe and wonder. Through the study of artists, we learn about spiritual and religious themes such as war.


Design Technology:

During our investigations, we have opportunities to work as a team, share equipment and recognise each other’s strengths.


Physical Education:

Through activities involving teamwork, cooperation, competition, rules, self-discipline and fair play, we develop the skills of self-reflection, personal awareness and challenge.

Values-based Education

At East Dene Primary School, we are very excited to introduce our Values-based curriculum. It is an approach that creates a strong learning environment for children, and develops their social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives. Through meeting with parents, staff and school council, we have created six values that will be incorporated throughout the children’s learning. These values are:

  1. Respect
  2. Friendship
  3. Resilience
  4. Kindness
  5. Responsibility
  6. Empathy

Each half term, one of these values will be celebrated, and will be incorporated into the children’s learning.  Using these values, children will discover the very best of themselves, which enables them to be good citizens and prepare them for their lives in the future.

Spring Term 1 2017

This half term the children of East Dene Primary are celebrating the value of empathy. The children have had a ‘bag of values’ delivered to their classroom each week.  This special bag contains a pair of shoes and a short story. This has given children the chance to ‘step into someone else’s shoes’ and empathise with the person in the story. The children have had opportunities to talk about a number of different feelings including happiness, sadness, excitement and fear.

Spring Term 2 2017

This half term we will be celebrating our East Dene Value of Kindness. Over this next half term the children will be completing a number of Random Acts of Kindness. Some of these will include the following:

  • Making buns/biscuits for parents/carers to say thank you
  • Helping our Cook to wash the dishes
  • Picking up litter from the yard
  • Visiting Coleridge Children’s centre to help out
  • Making a bird seed cake to hang outside school
  • Donating items to a charity shop
  • Taking buns/biscuits to Eastwood House Care Home which will be made by the children

Children will also have kindness cards in their classrooms, which they can give to their friends, teachers or parents. If they receive one, they have to send one!


Dates Events Aims
10th and 11th September


Eid Day (Eid al-Adha)


Children will attend an assembly celebrating Eid and children will discuss their celebrations. Children will also be taking part in activities in class.

Social, Cultural, Social

·         Children to understand and tolerate different faiths.

·         Children to learn about the celebrations of Eid.

23rd September



 Cheeky monkey marathon challenges

Children will be raising money by taking part in challenges based around the number 26 to raise money for charity and raise awareness of children’s cancer.

Spiritual, moral

·         To raise awareness of children’s cancer.

·         To raise money for the cause.

12th October Harvest Festival

The whole school will be collecting food to create food hampers. They will be attending an assembly which will teach them about the importance of Harvest.

Spiritual, Moral

·         To understand the importance of Harvest.

·         To understand how we can support those in need.

·         To promote collaborative partnerships with the local community.

1st-18th November Operation Christmas Child

Each class will be making their own shoe box for charity. They will also learn about some of the people and places where their presents are being sent to.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

·         To help children understand about rights

·         To recognise the needs of others

21st – 25th  November Road Safety Day

Children will be learning about the importance of Road Safety. Road Safety Officers in Year 6 will monitor car usage around school and will help promote the Walking to School.

Social, moral


·         To understand the importance of road safety

·         To encourage children to walk to school.

11th November Remembrance/ Armistice day

The whole school will join in a collective act of worship commemorating those who lost their lives in the service of their country.  Year 5 and 6 children will also visit the cenotaph in Clifton Park, Rotherham.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

·         To help children understand the importance of commemoration

·         Respect for the service of others to their country

18th November Children in Need

Children will be participating in activities to raise money for charity.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

·         Children to understand importance of helping those in need.

·         Children to understand how other children may live differently to themselves.

14th– 18th November



Anti-Bullying Week

Children will be participating in assemblies encouraging them to understand the effects of bullying.

Social and moral

·         To reinforce our school anti bullying ethos

·         To ensure all children are equipped to recognise and challenge bullying behaviours

·         Making sure children understand their role if they think someone is being bullied

·          Making a positive contribution to society

28th November Christmas angels

Children will be taking part in creating some angels to be displayed in the town centre to help to celebrate the Christmas story. This will be linked to the local church.


·         To understand the importance of Christmas and why it is celebrated.

·         To promote collaborative partnerships with the local community

8th December Christmas

Children will be visiting St James Church to celebrate Christmas and to understand the importance it has in the Christian calender. Our school choir will also be visiting church to celebrate Christingle.


·         To understand the importance of Christmas and why it is celebrated.

·         To promote collaborative partnerships with the local community

28th January Chinese New Year

Children will be learning about the importance of the Chinese New Year and why it is such an important part of Chinese culture.


·         To help children understand the importance of Chinese New Year.

6th Feb E – Safety Week

The children will be accessing workshops and lessons to raise awareness of E-Safety. They will also be participating in E-Safety assemblies.

Social and moral


·         To reinforce our e-safety message so that children are empowered to make safe moral choices in their internet use

22nd February





World Thinking Day

Children will use this day to further enhance their skills of Philosophy for Children (P4C.) They will be given homework over the holidays based around P4C.

Social, moral

·         Children will think about different topics philosophically in whole class discussion.

24th April St George’s Day

Children will take part in an assembly learning about the importance of St George.


·         To help children understand the importance of St George’s day and its importance in British culture.

26th May Sorry Day

Children will be learning about the history of Sorry Day and how we should empathise.

Social, moral, cultural

·         To understand the history of Sorry Day.

·         Children will learn the importance of empathising with others.

15th June  Walking Bus – Brake’s charity

Children in Year 6 will be taking part in a walking bus around East Dene to raise awareness of Road Safety.

Social and moral

·         To raise money for children injured or killed in car accidents.

·         To ensure driver’s around East Dene Primary School drive at 20 mph around the school.

·         To help the children understand the importance of road safety.

3rd July  Music/ Art Week

Children will be celebrating music/arts from around the world and understanding the importance of music for different cultures. Children will learn and perform a class to the whole school in classes. Special visitors will also attend to celebrate the importance of music/ arts.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural

·         To understand the importance of music in different cultures

·         To understand musical terminology.