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SMSC at Captain Webb

SMSC- (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

At Captain Webb, we ensure that our curriculum is a vehicle for SMSC education. SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. 

The following explores each aspect of SMSC and outlines how pupils may demonstrate their development in each area. 


Exploring beliefs and experience; respecting values; discovering oneself and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity; reflecting.

Our children's spiritual development is shown by their

  • beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s 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.



Recognising right and wrong; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.

Our children's 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

  • understanding of the consequences of their actions

  • interest in investigating, and offering reasoned views about, moral and ethical issues.


Using social skills in different contexts; working well with others; resolving conflicts; understanding how communities work.

Our children's 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

  • develop interest in, and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.

  • acceptance of 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. They will develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain


Appreciating cultural influences; participating in culture opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.

Our children's cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage

  • willingness to participate in, and respond to, for example, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities

  • interest in exploring, understanding of, and respect for cultural diversity and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic 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

SMSC and Religious Education

It is our aim that Religious Education should contribute to the spiritual, moral and social and cultural development of our pupils.  Religious Education can help children develop their own informed values, religious and non-religious.  Children should learn to respect themselves and be sensitive to the needs and experiences of others, including considering the effect our actions have upon others.  Religious Education can also help develop pupils’ understanding of social issues like stewardship of the Earth’s resources, our citizenship within local, national and global communities and a genuine respect for persons and sensitivity to their values and beliefs.  Religious Education should also equip pupils to challenge inequalities and disadvantages associated with race, gender, class and ability.



Jigsaw brings together SMSC, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.



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