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Curriculum progression  

For more information on curriculum progression you can download a PDF by clicking: Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural development: curriculum progression


Our spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) curriculum provides children with essential skills. It gives them the emotional and intellectual depth they need to be thoughtful, caring and active citizens.

The importance of SMSC

SMSC is necessary for children and young people’s individual development. It is equally important for society as a whole. SMSC is at the heart of what the education of our pupils is all about.

SMSC at Seaford Primary School

We aim to create a community which manifests the kind of society we would all like to see. Our core values reflect our ethos: respect, empathy, enjoyment, friendship, perseverance and ambition. Our golden rules underpin these values.

The whole life of the school involves SMSC. It is in lessons, but also in myriad other aspects of school life. These include assemblies and the school council to name but two. Children learn to discuss and listen to different views, ideas and attitudes with respect and openness. They learn about the principle of democracy and why and how far we promote this in the UK.

We nurture the spirit of understanding, tolerance and inclusivity through:

  • drama
  • reading
  • discussion
  • the cultural curriculum.

This runs through each subject in different aspects.

We learn about:

  • how life is challenging in different ways for others
  • how human life might be affecting the planet.

The children learn that we must, as members of a community, take responsibility for these things. We must find out how best to help and to change our society for the better.

Most of all, we try to ensure that learning to be a good citizen is FUN!

What our children say about SMSC

“In democracy people get to vote which means we get a say in what our life is like. They can’t just make laws without us agreeing to them. There’s parliament and the MPs represent us. We have freedom of speech, so we can have our own opinions and protest about things we think are wrong. I don’t want to have a government who wouldn’t let us speak out. I like talking about things.”

A​lfie, Year 5

“We have been reading “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan. It’s all about what it’s like to arrive in a strange country because your own home is too dangerous to stay there. It really gets to your heart because the man is all on his own in the world. It taught me about what I could do to be welcoming. Also, never to judge people just on the way they look.”

Amber, Year 5