Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural understanding
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) of our children is essential to the way we work at Eden Park and is fully explained in our policy.
We believe that our four core values of Creativity, Independence, Teamwork and Respect support the children with their SMSC understanding and these form the cornerstones of every one of our Learning Experiences. These are partnered with British values to deliver a highly effective curriculum model and filter throughout the life of the school. For example, the school runs a fully supported school council to value democracy and the relationship between democracy and our core values of respect and teamwork are consistently strong.
The following are only some of the examples of how both SMSC and British values being directly linked to our curriculum. Our full curriculum can be found on this website.
Key Stage One:
“Help the Heroes”: Respecting the environment around us and inventing methods of how to recycle. (Social and Moral/ Rule of law)
“Light Fantastic”: exploring the meaning of light in religion, including Christianity and Hinduism. (Moral and Spiritual/ Mutual respect and tolerance)
“Around the World”: discovering how different countries and cultures live and celebrate. (Cultural and Social/ Individual liberty)
Year 3 and 4:
“Let the Challenges begin”: community challenges based around the three different communities of the school, the locality and internationally. (Spiritual and Social/ Individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance)
“Our Jungle Books”: Studying ‘The Great Kapok Tree,’ then writing our own story based on this to persuade the local council to look after our woodlands, looking at responsibility to protect animals and their habitats. Culminating in a show. (Moral/ Democracy and the Rule of Law)
“Festival of Brixham”: Investigating buildings and the influential people of Brixham throughout its history that have helped to shape it, alongside their cultural and economic influences. (Cultural and Social/ respect and tolerance)
“Sound of the sea”: Creating adventure stories alongside sound scapes and sea shanties. To be performed and read in local homes for the elderly. (Cultural and Spiritual)
Year 5 and 6:
“Around the World in 80 days”: discovering other cultures around the world through artwork, religion and music. (Spiritual and Cultural/ Mutual respect and tolerance)
“What a load of rubbish”: a debate on the building of the Belmonte dam in Brazil. (Cultural and moral/ Democracy)
“Beyond reasonable doubt”: an opportunity to explore the criminal justice system and take part in a mock court (Moral/ Rule of Law)
“Dragons’ Den”: an exciting experience in which children start and run their own businesses, raising money for the school, themselves and to invest in a 3rd world entrepreneur. (Social and moral/ individual liberty)