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Social, Moral Spiritual and Cultural Education

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. 

At St Oswald’s C.E. Primary School, we strive to create a learning environment which promote respect, diversity and self-awareness and equips all of our pupils with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values they will need to succeed in their future lives.

The curriculum provides a wide range of artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities that encourage pupils to work together and use imagination in their learning. Activities are planned that require pupils to reflect and empathize with others as well as giving them the confidence to provide their opinions and develop their own view points. We use a variety of materials across school and closely link SMSC with our PSHE scheme of work. St Oswald’s recognises that effective learning is based on a partnership between school, home, church and the wider community, encouraging all to make a positive contribution to each other.


Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect. This links to our whole curriculum.


Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.


Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance. At St Oswald's we do this by supporting various charities, involving ourselves in Shrovetide, Taking on different roles within the school.


Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity. At St Oswald's we do this through our Religious Education Curriculum, Collective Worship, The School Council.