SMSC at Brickhouse
What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC. Our SMSC leader is Mrs N.Smith.
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.
Social: Investigate and moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental values of British democracy.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Schools are now required to teach children about the fundamental British values.
Here at Brickhouse, we teach our children British values through our SMSC lessons and curriculum.
But what are 'British values' - according to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
What must be taught?
The advice here is basically the same for maintained schools ('state' schools) and independent schools (private schools, academies and free schools):
Our SMSC Curriculum
At Brickhouse we use the 'Healthy Mind, Happy Me' scheme for SMSC in Sandwell.
Autumn Term: in the Autumn Term we cover;
'All About Me' and 'Friendships.'
Spring Term: in the Spring Term we cover;
'Resilience and Coping' and 'Belonging.'
Summer Term: in the Summer Term we cover;
'Being the Best Me I can be' and 'My Wider World.'
For SMSC we also have a number of themed weeks and cover the curriculum in a number of others ways, these include;
Health and safety week
Best of British day
EYFS seaside day
We also have a number of themed event days:
Children in need
Praise and gold assemblies
What is the purpose of Family SMSC?
For parents/carers and school to work together to help children achieve their potential and be happy.
The Government asked children and parents what was important to them.
The answer they received was that children and parents/carers wanted five outcomes for children:
As we get older we get better at attention skills and concentrating, and better at ignoring distractions. A good concentration or attention span for an adult is 45 minutes. How long can your child concentrate for? Being able to concentrate and pay attention are things we need to learn, and we do this from an early age by playing games and doing jigsaws with adults. As we get older and go to school the attention we receive from adults tend to get shared amongst a number of other children – i.e. 2 adults to 30 children. A good way to help children to improve their concentration and attention skills is through games: for example, I Spy,
Consequences, Simon says, Action rhymes. Games which involve looking at each other and doing actions together help children attention skills.
Should you have any questions-Please see Mrs N.Smith in our early years.