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Sir Thomas Abney Primary School

Spiritual Moral Social Cultural Development

Spirtual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is about everything we do at Sir Thomas Abney to help children build their own personal values, to have positive relationships with others and to become responsible young citizens.

SMSC development supports pupils to be kind, thoughtful and caring and to be able to live and learn alongside others.

Our provision for children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development (SMSC), builds on our values: being safe, respectful and safe. An important part of SMSC is to support our pupils to engage with British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for different faiths and beliefs.


Opportunities for spiritual development at Sir Thomas Abney include exploring beliefs and experiences; respecting faiths, feelings and values; enjoying learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity; being able to reflect.

We promote spiritual development through:

  • providing a varied and engaging RE and PSHE curriculum
  • Circle time
  • Celebration assemblies and community events
  • Shine a Light assemblies
  • School Trips
  • Exploring feelings of others using drama and role play


Opportunities for moral development at Sir Thomas Abney include making informed choices, recognising right and wrong; respecting school rules and the law; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views.

We promote moral development through:

  • School Council
  • Listening to others' points of view and respecting differences
  • Assemblies exploring how we create a safe, friendly, inclusive environment for everyone
  • Making positive behaviour choices and managing conflict safely


Opportunities for social development at Sir Thomas Abney include using a range of social skills; participating in the local community; appreciating diverse viewpoints; volunteering and fundraising; resolving conflict; engaging with the ‘British values‘ of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

We promote social development through:

  • Fundraising events
  • Performances and assemblies
  • Community projects
  • Playtimes and transition across the school


Opportunities for cultural development at Sir Thomas Abney include appreciating cultural influences; appreciating the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participating in cultural opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity, challenging racism.

We promote cultural development through:

  • Visiting places of worship
  • Celebrating festivals and key cultural events
  • Visiting museums and art galleries
  • Welcoming visitors and speakers in school
  • Participating in drama, sports, music lessons and activities