SMSC at Hillside develops the whole child so they are able to celebrate and respect the diversity of our community and to keep themselves and others emotionally safe.
SMSC is threaded through the Hillside curriculum including specific teaching foci within Science, PHSE, Language and Culture and the school's restorative approach to behaviour management. SMSC is:
Spiritual development is concerned with developing the non material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose. Beliefs that help provide perspective on life, may be rooted in religion, but equally may not. Children explore the fundamental British value of respecting the values and beliefs of others.
Moral development is knowing what is right and wrong and acting on it accordingly. Moral development is about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements. Children develop the fundamental British value of investigating moral values and ethical issues and recognising and applying right and wrong.
Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community. IT also includes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Cultural development shows pupils’ understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing and range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel and concerts). Children develop the fundamental British value of exploring, understanding and tolerance regarding the diversity of cultural traditions and beliefs of others.