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Curriculum Opportunities for SMSC Education

Curriculum Opportunities for SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Education)

At Sheriff Hutton Primary School we ensure a range of curriculum opportunities are identified for SMSC development. Although some examples of subject specific delivery are suggested a number are generic.


Pupils have opportunities to:

  • Reflect on their own and others’ lives through drama, texts and ideas in English
  • Explore patterns and relationships in mathematics
  • Ask questions about the natural material and physical world in science
  • Explore ideas, feelings and meaning in works of art and express themselves through their own art work
  • Recognise their own creativity in finding solutions to problems in design and technology
  • Talk about the power and the limitations of communication and information technology
  • Appreciate the achievements of past societies and the motivation of individuals in history
  • Reflect on visits or images of landscapes and environments in geography
  • Develop an awareness of the power of music and use music to express the reflect on their own thoughts and feelings
  • Gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves in PE


Pupils have opportunities to:

  • Explore questions of right and wrong and human conflicts in their reading of fiction and non-fiction
  • Recognise how logical reasoning can be used to make decisions and choices that help them to learn in mathematics
  • See the need to draw conclusions using observations and evidence rather than preconceptions
  • Discuss how artists and designers represent moral issues in their work
  • Take account of the impact on the environment when designing and making
  • Consider issues surrounding the misuse of information and access to personal information
  • Recognise that actions have consequences and consider the results of events and decisions in history
  • Consider the impact of actions, such as dropping litter, on the environment
  • Recognise the use and misuse of music in advertising
  • Gain a sense of fair play and develop positive sporting behaviour


Pupils have opportunities to:

  • Collaborate to create or present a scripted drama and take account of the needs of the audience
  • Work together on mathematical tasks and see that the result is often better than they could achieve alone
  • Recognise that scientific evidence can be used to explore social issues
  • Develop respect for the ideas and opinions of others and work collaboratively on art projects
  • Recognise the need to consider the views of others when discussing design ideas
  • Consider how our technology facilitates communication and the sharing of information
  • Identify how different societies were organised in the past
  • Investigate how changes in the local area affect different groups of people such as the elderly and children
  • Share music making and develop a sense of social cohesion
  • Develop cooperation and collaboration, responsibility, personal commitment, loyalty and teamwork through PE and Sport


Pupils have opportunities to:

  • Reflect on the way that cultures are represented in stories and poems
  • Appreciate that mathematics contribute to our culture and technological developments
  • Recognise how scientific discoveries and ideas affect the way people think, feel, create, behave and live
  • Understand the ideas behind art, craft and design in different cultural contexts
  • Reflect on the contribution of differing cultures to design solutions
  • Discuss how information about communities and cultures are presented on the internet
  • Recognise differences and similarities between and within cultures over time
  • Find out about the traditions and activities of people in less economically developed countries
  • Recognise how music influences and reflect the way people think and feel
  • Experience the significance of dance and games from other cultures and consider how sport can transcend cultural boundaries.

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