Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Development
Through God: we can flourish, we can learn, we can achieve.
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
What is SMSC development?
Spiritual: we offer children a chance to explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral: children are taught to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social: we encourage children to use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Cultural: children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
SMSC development is at the heart of what we do as educators and is embedded across the school day, both inside and outside of the classroom and through collective worship.
SMSC and the Cornerstones Curriculum
Worship at Stanwell Fields is based around the liturgical calendar and our school values.
Children come together to worship each day. On a Wednesday, this is led by Father Stuart. On Friday, we have a celebration worship where we come together to celebrate the children's achievements during the week.
We say our school prayer at the start of each act of worship:
We thank you for our school,
let peace and love of God be here.
Let us remember that caring for each other,
makes Stanwell Fields a happy school.
Before lunch, we say our lunchtime prayer:
Bless this food for our use,
and those who prepared it for us.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
At the end of the day, we pray:
Keep us safe this night,
secure from all our fears.
May angels guard us while we sleep,
till morning light appears.
In our acts of worship, we also say the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Spirituality at Stanwell Fields
Spirituality is a powerful force that determines who we are and our self-understanding. It forms the basis for successful relationships and shapes our behaviour and outlook on life, others and the world.
At Stanwell Fields, we understand spirituality as a feeling inside ourselves. It is about experiencing 'wow' and 'ow' moments:
- learning from and asking questions about them,
- reflecting and puzzling over them,
- responding to and trying to make sense of them in our own way.
It is an awareness of something 'bigger' than ourselves and developing an understanding of who we are as individuals and our place and sense of belonging in the world.
You can read more about spirituality at Stanwell Fields in our guide below.