What is SMSC?

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural. Take a look at the many ways in which we develop SMSC in our children at Burlish Park Primary.

Whole School SMSC

There are many opportunities for pupils to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills in learning outside the classroom activities. (LOTC) These experiences help to build confidence, self-belief that they will make progress, engages the pupils in learning, provides memorable learning experiences and applies learning in a real life context.

There are planned visits to local shops, forests, other local schools, nature reserves, museums and places of worship, to name a few, all of which help to develop the all-round child.

In year 6, the pupils have the opportunity to further develop their relationship and social skills during a residential visit to Malvern Outdoor Elements. This follows on from Outdoor and Adventurous Activities lessons which pupils participate in from Reception through to year 6 where team work, communication and other social skills are developed.

Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

At Burlish Park we:

  • Take part in the Three Kings Parade around Stourport in November.
  • Support local charities like St Richard’s Hospice and Maggie’s Homeless Shelter at Harvest time.
  • We have links with a local church who come into school and talk to us in assemblies at special times.
  • Year 5 have been to Worcester Cathedral for the last two years as part of the Worcestershire Cathedral Pilgrims Quest
  • Our choir go to the Elizabeth Mills Day Centre to sing Christmas Carols to the local community.
  • We wore our Christmas jumpers to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice
Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.At Burlish Park:
  • We try and make our community a pleasant environment to live in. A group of children recently devised a competition to encourage dog owners to keep the area clear of dog mess. The winning poster entry saw their design on a plaque around Stourport town.
  • We supported anti-bullying week. From learning how to be a kind friend to knowing it is everyone’s responsibility to tell an adult about the bully, everyone took part.
  • We support green and eco events. We understand and talk about all the ways in which we can help save the planet.
  • We have an annual green day where recycling is a focus and an eco team have visited our Year 6 pupils to talk about the passive house standards on our new school build.
  • We annually raise money for Water Aid. We understand that we must help others.
  • We enjoyed taking part in our British values day. We used this day to raise lots of money for a local charity, Josh’s Prayers.
  • We always think about our British and Burlish Values and if we see anyone doing showing respect, tolerance or kindness around school, we reward them with a British Values slip. Mrs Jones enjoys reading these.
  • As part of Year 4 work on local area we look at FairTrade. Stourport being a FairTrade town gives us a chance to look the social and moral issues behind Fairtrade. Year 4 invite in the local representative for FairTrade in Stourport to discuss the issues with the children, the children learn how FairTrade helps farmers and their family to ensure they get the fair deal. The fortnight work concludes in a FairTrade tea party with the children demonstrating their knowledge of FairTrade as well planning and making all the FairTrade treats for the parents.

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.

At Burlish Park:

  • We work with the local community on a variety of projects. We have strong links with local businesses who support us with events in schools from British egg week to making our own juice on a juice bike.
  • Our families help us pack and wrap shoeboxes to send to countries where children may not have Christmas presents.
  • We raise money for charity days such as Children in Need. Our Year 6 children donated £93 this year by baking and selling cakes.
  • Our local Women’s Institute support us by coming along to our Summer Fete and judging our competitions. We enjoy buying the cakes and jams they sell on their stall.

Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

At Burlish Park:

  • We are willing to take part in many different music activities. We regularly perform music from different genres and cultures. We have many bands, groups and choirs that have all enjoyed performing in our local Civic Centre, our local High School and to our parents and carers.
  • We are willing to take part in many different sporting activites and clubs. We love winning but also know that taking part is the most important thing.
  • We have taken part in many Global Dimension days where we learn about different countries and cultures. We are looking forward to the next one in June 2016.

Take a look at our gallery to see all of the SMSC we do at Burlish Park.