SMSC at Eppleton

At Eppleton Academy Primary School we ensure that we promote the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of all pupils through our school vision, ethos and curriculum. SMSC is an integral part of our school and underpins everything we do. We value each and every member of our school community and encourage all pupils to have high aspirations and to reach their full potential. Throughout the SMSC/ PSHE curriculum pupils have opportunities to explore their own values and the values of others, recognising that their views and opinions may differ from those of others. Our curriculum holds at its heart fundamental British Values which promotes respect and tolerance of all faiths, respect of law and rules and the belief in liberty and freedom for all people.

"We aim to provide children with a broad, balanced and rich curriculum which enables them to understand world issues and develop them as responsible citizens".

Pupils are provided with the opportunities to gain in knowledge and understanding and develop skills they need to participate in the life of the diverse community in which they live. We believe it is important for our pupils to have a deep-rooted connection to the place they live but also know that there are many wonderful opportunities for them in the wider world.

Our approach to all aspects of Social, Moral, Social and Cultural Development is central to the school’s purpose of instilling in our students an understanding of moral and social responsibility so that they are able to develop into empathetic, positive members of society. Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour, including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of others’ social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through SMSC and wider curriculum. This is reflected in the behaviours of individuals and in their interactions.

PSHE at Eppleton

At Eppleton Academy Primary School we provide an environment that enables pupils to feel happy, safe and valued. Our core values of respect, resilience, integrity and enjoyment are embedded into our vision, ethos and curriculum.

Through active learning opportunities, pupils will learn to recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities. Pupils will learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes. They build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem which supports them to develop and be proud of their talents and abilities. Pupils learn to identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.

A key driver for us at Eppleton Academy Primary is ‘Raising Aspirations’. We want pupils to feel motivated and committed to their own education and learning. We encourage pupils to always aim high and set themselves goals. We provide them with the skills they need to reach their full potential. Teaching pupils about the wider world and the careers available to them is an important aspect of our PSHE/ SMSC curriculum.

"At Eppleton we regard PSHE as an important, integral component of the whole school curriculum".

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that it:

• Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our children and of society.

• Prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they already face and for adult life.

• Provides information about keeping healthy and safe, emotionally and physically.

• Encourages our children to understand how all actions have consequences and how they can make informed choices to help themselves, others and the environment.

What would a typical SMSC/ PSHE Lesson look like?

Every week each class will ‘break out’ of normal routines to take part in Curriculum Breakout sessions. The curriculum is designed so that each week the classes from EYFS to Year 6 will explore the same ‘Focus’ such as Family, Environment, Personal Hygiene, Safety etc. but will each have a different question to consider. The questions are designed to enable progression from EYFS to Year 6. During the session the children will take part in active, hands on sessions designed to engage each and every child. Each session is designed to widen our children’s minds by exploring themes and topics related to themselves, others and the world they live in. At the end of each Curriculum Breakout session the children will discuss the ‘Meaningful Message’ from that session. This is an important part of the session which enables teachers to assess if children have developed an understanding of the focus for that week. The Meaningful Messages from each year group are then shared in a whole school assembly which enables the Head Teacher or Deputy Head Teacher to also assess what the children have learnt and allows them to reinforce the important messages we wish children to remember and out into practise in their everyday lives.

Each year group is allocated a half term of KidSafe programme. This programme is delivered by a KidSafe Tutor and is designed to educate pupils about ways in which to keep themselves safe. It empowers pupils to speak out to a trusted adult. The key messages from this programme run through our SMSC/ PSHE curriculum.

Where are resources and lessons planned from?

When designing the curriculum, we used the Programme of Study for Education (Key Stages 1-5) by the PSHE Association to ensure coverage of both PSHE and SMSC. The programme of study includes three core themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

These three core themes were embedded into our SMSC/ PSHE Breakout Curriculum. This document provided is with important objectives to ensure our curriculum was broad, balanced and rich. The objectives helped us to develop important questions for the children to explore each week as part of the Breakout sessions. Each year group exploring a different question but under the same weekly focus.



Curriculum Breakout Year

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Relationship and Sex Education Policy 2020


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