What does SMSC look like at Oxford Grove?

  • Our religious and cultural diversity within school

    SMSC stands for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development.

    At Oxford Grove, our Ethos is to have ‘Pride In Our School, Pride In Ourselves, Pride In Each Other’.

    To pursue this, we ensure we ‘consistently aim to invest in one another’s personal and academic growth and development within a caring and nurturing environment where our core values of mutual respect, responsibility, loyalty and honesty are central to all that we do’.
    In our school, we aim to establish a climate within which all pupils can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected; accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of all individuals.

    We believe that children taught to be spiritually, morally, culturally and socially aware will make the best citizens.

  • SMSC Policy 2016-17
    SMSC Development Across our School Curriculum
  • Social Development at Oxford Grove

    Oxford Grove Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

    Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. Social Development refers to a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society and become informed citizens of the future.

    This is supported by:

    • Fostering a sense of community with common, inclusive values. For example in Assembly, Home-School Agreement, Whole school events including Christmas performances and work related learning, peer support programmes
    • Promoting all forms of equality relating to gender, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability and SEND.
    • Encouraging children to work co-operatively, including when there is tension between their own aspirations and the wider group. For example, in PSHCE, Playtime Pals, Whole class rewards for attendance and positive behaviour on the playgrounds.
    • Encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities about where they live and different kinds of families; for example in assemblies, equality displays, PSHCE, English novels and RE.
    • Providing positive corporate experiences; for example, WOW opportunities linked to the curriculum, productions, school council, Class Assemblies and visiting authors and artists.
    • Helping pupils develop personal qualities which are valued in society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for differences, moral principles, independence, inter-dependence, self-respect.
    • Providing opportunities to participate in the democratic process and participate in making community decisions; for example membership to the School Council, feeding individuals’ suggestions to the school council and votes in class on a variety of issues such as the focus for class attendance rewards.
    • Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership and responsibility including the School Council Leaders, Attendance monitors, Language Ambassadors, Safety Wardens, FUNDA Sports Leaders, Maths Mentor/G-Force and Reading Buddies.
    • Welcoming members of the wider community into our school and keeping them informed of developments through the website, newsletters, Parent/Carer notice board community board, involvement in community events such as choir performances and sports competitions.

    Below is a selection of activities within our school that address our children’s Social development:

  • Moral Development at Oxford Grove

    Oxford Grove Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

    Moral development is largely about making choices regarding behaviour and how you choose to live your life. It’s also about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Moral Development refers to a pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong.

    This is developed by:

    • Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school; for example, Positive Behaviour and Discipline Policy, Oxford Grove’s Code of Conduct, class rules devised by the class, Anti Bullying Week, E-Safety week.
    • Promoting equality relating to gender, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, SEND through the practice and procedures set out in the school’s Inclusion policy, Equal Opportunities policy and SEND policies.
    • Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values throughout the curriculum; for example, truth, justice, equality of opportunities, right and wrong; for example, as explored in PSHCE, RE, History, Literacy, Assembly, Drama, School Council, work with Community Police officer and other external agencies.
    • Developing an open and safe learning environment in which pupils can express their views and practise moral decision making; for example in PSHCE Circle time sessions, School Council, individual staff/child mentoring weekly mentoring , Drama, Safeguarding policy and practice.
    • Rewarding expressions of moral insights and good behaviour; for example, Celebration Assemblies, smiley reward systems, letters of commendation.
    • Modelling, through the quality of relationships and interactions, the principles we wish to promote; for example, fairness, integrity, respect for persons, pupil welfare, respect for minority interests, resolution of conflict keeping promises and contracts explored and developed in whole school charity events, British Values assemblies and sessions, Celebration Assemblies and Assembly themes.
    • Recognising and respecting different cultural groups represented in the school and the wider community; for example, celebration of religious festivals in sessions and assemblies, newsletters and whole school displays celebrating our school community’s cultural diversity.
    • Encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions in terms of respect for people, property and the community; for example, assemblies, Positive Behaviour and Discipline Policy; Code of conduct, work with the PCSOs and other outside agencies.
    • Providing models of moral standards through the curriculum in Literacy, History, RE, PSHCE, Assembly and Drama.
    • Reinforcing the school’s values through the use of class and whole school displays showcasing the children’s work about this theme.

    Below are links to a selection of activities within our school that address our children’s Moral development:

  • Spiritual Development at Oxford Grove

    Oxford Grove Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

    Spiritual development 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 religion, but equally may not. Spiritual development refers to children’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in, and respect for, different people’s feelings and values.

    This is developed by:

    • Giving pupils the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs and the way in which these impact on people’s lives. This is done, for example, through Assemblies, PSHCE sessions, History sessions and RE sessions.
    • Giving pupils the opportunity to understand human emotions and feelings, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful; for example, through PSHCE, Literacy, Drama, Music and Dance.
    • Developing a climate, or ethos, within which all pupils can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected; for example, School Council and Celebration Assemblies.
    • Offering pupils the opportunity to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural environment; for example, in Science and Art sessions, membership to the Eco Committee and Arts Council and attending gardening club.
    • Accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals; for example, School Council, Language Ambassadors, Play pals, explicit PSHCE lessons, assemblies about Diversity, Equality, British Values and Anti-bullying week.
    • Promoting teaching styles that:
      • Value pupil questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.
      • Allow children to take ownership of and lead their learning
      • Enable pupils to make connections between aspects of their learning.
      • Encourage pupils to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference; for example, asking ‘why’, ‘how’, and ‘where’ as well as ‘what’.

    Below are links to a selection of activities within our school that address our children’s Spiritual development:

  • Cultural Development at Oxford Grove

    Oxford Grove Primary School has planned for long-term coverage of all aspects of SMSC. This coverage is constantly reviewed, updated and referenced on our curriculum planning documents so that we can take into account our rapidly changing community/world and different learning opportunities that may arise under these areas.

    Cultural development is about understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing a range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel, concerts). Understanding and tolerance regarding the cultural traditions and beliefs of others. Cultural development refers to pupils developing their understanding of beliefs, values and customs in social, ethnic and national groups different to their own.

    This is supported by:

    • Providing children with opportunities to explore their own cultural assumptions and values.
    • Celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures; for example, in Geography, RE, History, Literacy, Assemblies, Art, Dance, Music, celebrating festivals and promoting cultural diversity within the school.
    • Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents through Local Events with other schools, Specialist workshops, Sports Competitions and inviting specialist experts to work with our children.
    • Developing partnerships with outside agencies and individuals to extend pupils’ cultural awareness; for example in Drama, music and dance groups.
    • Reinforcing the school’s celebration of cultural values through child-centred displays and photographs.
    • Using ICT and the world-wide web to extend partnerships with those from other cultural backgrounds in the wider community.

    Below are links to a selection of activities within our school that address our children’s Cultural development: