Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
These four titles are defined in this way:
- Spiritual – This is the growth of the spirit. It involves understanding our own strengths and weaknesses, self-respect, creativity. It is having the will to achieve our full potential and the ability to ask, and try to find out answers to, life’s major questions.
- Moral – This is developing the understanding of the difference between right and wrong, understanding moral dilemmas. It is having the will to do what is right and a willingness to consider others. It is also the ability to cope with moral conflict.
- Social – This is the development of understanding regarding the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and various communities (local, national and global). It is the ability to work with others for the common good and to live up to these responsibilities and exercise these rights.
- Cultural – This is the development of an understanding of how people from different cultures think, feel, create, behave and live. Its aim is to develop a pupils’ sense of belonging within, value for, and engagement with local, regional and national cultures. At the heart of cultural development lies the encouragement of students to question, analyse, evaluate and reflect on their responses and the responses of others within a range of different cultural contexts.
SMSC is not taught as an individual subject but underlies all that we do at Morpeth Road Primary Academy.
The children are taught about religions and morals through RE, PSHE and SEAL but a lot of their spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth comes through visits and trips, clubs and the family atmosphere which we foster here at MRPA.