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.
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.
At Little Leigh, we promote all these through our wide and varied curriculum. This term children have also learnt through special events. These include:
- Harvest: This year we collected food for our local Foodbank in Barnton. We collected over 30kg of food. We also collected warm clothing, nappies and other essentials for Syrian refugees. Key Stage Two performed songs, plays and poems at St Michael's church.
- Queen Elizabeth II: The children learnt about the British monarchy and about the Queen's record-long reign. Every child in school drew a picture of Queen Elizabeth which we collated into a fantastic portrait of the Queen! The children also created art work to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday celebration sin June, with their work displayed in the village hall for the village's celebration for her majesty.
- Anti Bullying Week: Children took part in a lots of activities aimed at raising awareness of bullying and cyber bullying. Every child in the school added a leaf to the friendship tree in the playground. The leaves detailed how to be a good friend.
- Diwali Week: Every class learnt about Diwali and the customs and traditions of the event. This culminated with parents joining us to look at the wonderful crafts and foods the children had made.
- Book Week: Children were immersed in our rich heritage of literature and came to school dressed as their favourite book character. We sold books at our book fair and parents joined us at the book cafe.
- Poetry Day: Ian Bland, professional children's poet joined us for the day to perform his poems and to teach the children more about poetry. The children and staff loved it! It was great to here children reciting poetry on the playground.
- Remembrance: Every child in school learnt about Remembrance and created poems, art and recounts to remember. We all came together at 11am.
- Choir: Our choir rehearse every week with Mrs Beesley. This term the performed at Blakemere to raise money for The Joshua Tree and for our school. At Christmas, the children will attend a production of 'The Sound of Music' at The Lowry.
- Charity Work: The Joshua Tree visited us to tell us more about the fantastic work they do for children and their families affected by childhood cancer. We all came to school dressed in onesies to raise money for the charity.
- Christmas Performances: Every child in school will take part in a Christmas performance. Our younger children will be performing their nativity at Barnton Pentecostal Church. Key Stage Two will perform carols and retell the Christmas story at St Michael and All Angels' Church in Little Leigh.
- Passover: Each class studied the Jewish passover, learning about the religion and the traditions associated with the festival
- Local study: The whole school have researched the theme of salt in relation to our local area. Each class was given a theme, such as shopping or the landscape. The children then researched their theme and created a fantastic array of art work and carried out some superb salt experiments in their science lessons!