SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural development . We teach SMSC to children through various activities and experiences that help them grow emotionally, morally, socially, and culturally.

Spiritual Development: We encourage children to explore and develop their beliefs, values, and morals. This includes promoting respect for different faiths and beliefs, providing opportunities for reflection and mindfulness, and fostering a sense of awe and wonder about the world.

Moral Development: We teach children about right and wrong, fairness, and justice. Through discussions, stories, and real-life scenarios, we help children understand the importance of honesty, kindness, and responsibility. We encourage them to make ethical choices and consider the consequences of their actions.

Social Development: We support children in building positive relationships, understanding their roles within the school and wider community, and developing empathy and respect for others. Through collaborative activities, group projects, and opportunities for teamwork, we help children learn how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts peacefully, and contribute positively to society.

Cultural Development: We celebrate diversity and promote understanding and appreciation of different cultures, traditions, and customs. Through exploring literature, art, music, and festivals from around the world, we help children develop an inclusive worldview and respect for cultural differences. We also encourage children to challenge stereotypes and prejudices and embrace multiculturalism in our school community.

Through a combination of lessons, assemblies, extracurricular activities, and special events, we strive to nurture well-rounded individuals who are confident, compassionate, and culturally aware, preparing them to thrive in a diverse and interconnected world

British Values refer to a set of principles and beliefs that promote democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance for those with different beliefs and backgrounds. At Harold Wood Primary School, we teach British Values through various activities and experiences, here are some examples:


  • Holding class votes on decisions such as classroom rules or activities.
  • Electing student representatives for the school council and allowing them to voice their peers' opinions.
  • Discussing the importance of voting and respecting different opinions, including taking part in Votes for Schools each week.

Rule of Law:

  • Explaining school rules and the reasons behind them.
  • Encouraging children to understand the consequences of their actions.
  • Teaching about the legal system and the concept of fairness and justice.

Individual Liberty:

  • Encouraging children to express their opinions and make choices within safe boundaries.
  • Promoting self-expression through art, music, and creative writing.
  • Celebrating diversity and encouraging children to explore their own identities and interests.

Mutual Respect:

  • Emphasising the importance of treating others with kindness, empathy, and consideration.
  • Encouraging children to listen to each other and appreciate different perspectives.
  • Discussing and celebrating cultural and religious diversity within the school community.

Tolerance of Different Beliefs and Cultures:

  • Discussing and taking part in celebrations and events that explore different cultures and traditions.
  • Providing children the opportunity to learn about and respect different faiths, beliefs and cultures.
  • Addressing stereotypes and prejudices through discussions, stories, and role-playing activities.

By embedding these values into our curriculum and everyday school life, we aim to prepare children to become responsible, respectful, and compassionate citizens in our community any beyond.