SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. At Vale View the teaching of SMSC is part of our school mission of, 'Being the Best I Can Be' and our vision which is 'Expanding horizons for learning and life'. SMSC is taught in assemblies and in our 'talk time' sessions and across a number of curriculum subjects throughout the school day.
Spiritual development: children are taught to explore and reflect on beliefs and experiences; they are taught to respect faiths, feelings and the values held by others; children are positive about developing their understanding of themselves, others and the surrounding world; children are given opportunities to use their imagination and develop creativity.
Moral development: children learn to recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and take responsibility for their actions.
Social development: children investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer, cooperate and collaborate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British Values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Cultural development: children learn to appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in cultural opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, and are determined to stamp out discrimination of any kind.
Mini Police Cadets
Children across Years 4, 5 and 6 are currently taking part in The Mini Police Cadets programme with Kent Police. The training programme is delivered in school and the children participate weekly, developing knowledge and skills in a number of key areas which supports their Personal Development through a number of exciting activities.
Developing Communication Skills and Confidence
- Learning about keeping Safe Online and the safe use of social media
- Meeting the local PCSO
- Receiving Rewards and Recognition
Specific Skills Development
- First Aid
- Contacting the emergency services
- Learning about low level crimes and how to keep safe
- How to identify anti-social behaviour and how to respond
- Opportunity for promotion from Mini Police Cadet to Mini Police Cadet Sargent
Social Action and Teamwork
- Learning about uniform and Drill
- How to prevent bullying
- Social Action