Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Holly Park SMSC is promoted throughout our curriculum in lessons, in competitions, fund raising, assemblies, concerts, shows, trips and visits, visitors to the school etc

Below is a summary of what Spiritual. Moral, Social and Moral development means for our children.

Spiritual Development

  • Children participate in Religious Education where they explore their own religious and spiritual identities, as well as those of their classmates. We invite in guest speakers from a variety of faiths and local places of worship
  • Children participate in visits to places of worship every year.
  • We celebrate significant experiences such as birthdays and festivals and ensure that children have the opportunity to feel special and valued.
  • We create opportunities where children can develop awareness of the world and its capacity to inspire awe and wonder. We have a curriculum which comprises of imaginative learning projects that are creative, flexible, thematic, inspiring and engaging. We encourage children to use imagination and creativity in their learning.
  • We plan times for children to take part in opportunities to be quiet and reflective. We give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Moral Development

  • We encourage children to respond appropriately to the needs and feelings of others and to show consideration and kindness to others.
  • We create opportunities for children to learn from people who are excellent models of positive behaviour.
  • We teach children to communicate in ways that will enable them to form positive relationships and enjoy participating in school and community life.
  • We give children opportunities across the curriculum to explore and develop moral concepts and values – for example, personal rights and responsibilities, truth, justice, equality of opportunity, right and wrong.
  • We also provide models of moral virtue through literature, humanities, sciences, arts, assemblies and acts of worship.
  • We want them to recognise the difference between right and wrong, and respect the civil and criminal law of England.

Social Development

  • We provide a range of activities which develop children’s social skills and understanding, like how to care for people, living things, property and the environment.
  • We teach children to work cooperatively as a member of a group or team, taking turns and sharing within a range of social contexts.
  • We create opportunities for children to develop positive relationships with peers and adults, including those who have different needs.
  • We teach children to help and support others and to experience being helped by others.
  • We teach a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and with a range of needs and abilities.

 Cultural Development

  • We celebrate each other’s cultural identities and teach children to value their own cultural heritage and develop a positive, personal identity, and to show respect for other people’s values and beliefs.
  • We want our children to demonstrate an understanding of the range of different cultures within the school “and further afield” as preparation for life in modern Britain.
  • We encourage children to participate in, and respond positively to a range of artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities.
  • We provide opportunities for children to experience and respond positively to the languages, food, music, artefacts and cultural practices of different and diverse communities present and past.
  • We encourage children to show an interest in exploring cultural diversity and show positive responses towards different religions, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
  • We celebrate our cultural diversity.

 Teaching and Organisation

Development in SMSC takes place across all curriculum areas, within activities that encourage pupils to recognise the spiritual dimension of their learning, reflect on the significance of what they are learning, and to recognise any challenges that there may be to their own attitude and lifestyle.

Class discussions and circle time will give pupils opportunities to:

  • Talk about personal experiences and feelings.
  • Express and clarify own ideas and beliefs.
  • Speak about difficult events, eg bullying, death etc.
  • Share thoughts and feelings with other people.
  • Explore relationships with friends/family/others.
  • Consider others’ needs and behaviour.
  • Show empathy.
  • Develop self-esteem and a respect for others.
  • Develop a sense of belonging.
  • Develop the skills and attitudes that enable pupils to develop socially, morally, spiritually and culturally — eg empathy, respect, open mindedness, sensitivity, critical awareness

Below are just some examples of how we have promoted SMSC in the last year.


  • Our Learning skill for one half term was ‘Reflection.’ Children have been thinking back on their learning both last year and this term and thinking of what was good and how to improve.
  • In our Harvest assembly we reflected upon what we were sharing with others.
  • All classes to make a trip to a place of worship. Year 3 classes have all visited a local Gudwara.
  • Assembly theme of New Beginnings
  • Remembrance and 2 minutes silence in school. Our Y5 & 6 pupils have been invited to go to the Remembrance Ceremony at the local war memorial.
  • Our Candlelight concert
  • Interhouse competition promotes personal values
  • Residential trips promote team building and reinforce personal values
  • Christingle Assembly was very spiritual and provided opportunity for reflection and wonder.
  • There was an assembly about love and a House challenge  all about the Love of Holly Park and of learning.
  • We continue from time to time to sing our school song in assembly.
  • In Autumn we did a lot of work around Remembrance Day. We have listened to music of the WW1 era, thought a lot about what remembrance means, why we should remember, held a special assembly about remembrance and had the 2 mins silence. The children learnt and sang two quite emotional and beautiful songs for the assembly.
  • We have also thought about peace in its many different forms – from world peace, to peace within our school to how to gain peace within ourselves.
  • The use of our allotment and our gardening club promote fascination and a sense of awe and wonder
  • We entered a local Eco competition and won first prize for Jeff the Snowman who was made from recycled bottles. The competition enabled us as a school to explore values and beliefs
  • Our Harvest Assembly had a focus on a rainbow of colours in the foods around us and we thought about how beautiful the world around us is.
  • All of the children contributed ideas to a competition to design and create a huge wall mural in our infant playground to depict our school values based on our learning skills
  • We have a school song that we sing in assembly from time to time
  • All of our Y6 children have monitor jobs that give them responsibilities to support staff and younger children
  • Our Y6 play leaders and house captains engage with younger children’s feelings and emotions
  • There has also been a theme of Peace in some of the assemblies
  • We had a big focus on Remembrance in 2014 with a very big asssembly for the centenary. Each class made a poppy wreath which were put on display and we observed a 2 minute silence


  • We have had a big focus on Anti- Bullying . Children in Y5&6 will be focusing on cyber bullying.
  • We have supported a national charity – Jeans for Genes. Children and staff came to school wearing Jeans for the day. We raised £404.20.
  • The importance of manners has been explored in assembly
  • Through lots of sporting activities and school residential pupils think about the consequences of their actions
  • Y6 engage with transport for London every year to think about safe travel as they transfer to secondary school
  • Y4 take part in a road safety project about crossing roads safely and being responsible
  • In assemblies we acknowledge moral virtue in terms of celebrating achievement and behaviour both inside and outside of school
  • We have an annual School Travel Plan and we think about being safe, parking etc
  • We took part in National Road Safety Week and the school council sent out leaflets about keeping safe
  • Supporting an international charity – Sports Relief
  • Our new clubs provided by Non Stop Action are very well attended.
  • Our football and netball teams are practicing and have been participating in inter school matches.
  • We also take part in the Barnet Dance Festival in March at the Arts Depot.
  • Children continue to be selected by the MTS to have lunch with Mrs Pelham at the ‘Top table’ on a Friday. Children are chosen for their politeness, good manners and good eating habits.
  • We also supported a local charity – Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
  • We had a blue Monday where everyone came to school dressed in Blue to show their support against bullying.
  • We had a harvest assembly where we collected food to donate to Homeless Action in Barnet. 
  • We have supported a national charity – Children in Need. Children and staff came to school dressed as Super heroes. We raised £429.55.
  • We have also had a big focus on punctuality and attendance with classes receiving Punctuality Parrot and Attendance Alligator. Stickers have also been given to children with 100% attendance.
  • There has also been a theme of  Road safety & Switch Off Fortnight in assembly
  • We have an active Eco council
  • Assemblies on Wednesdays have followed the theme of “Feelings” – exploring emotions, happiness, excitement, fright, pride, confusion, nervousness, shame, jealousy & loneliness.  The summary of the feeling assemblies is talking about how we are all different and we are all special.
  • We had a half term of assemblies based around friendships
  • We had another half term of assemblies based around Aesops fables and the messages we can learn from them.


  • We have introduced more clubs and these have been very well received.
  • Our football and netball teams are practicing and we will be participating in inter school matches.
  • There is also a dance club starting in preparation for the Barnet Dance Festival.
  • Our running club took part in an inter school cross country competition and we came 3rd out of 25 schools.
  • Our Autumn House event was scarecrow building. Great team work was shown by everybody and we now have 15 scarecrows in the allotment.
  • This year eight children are selected by the MTS to have lunch with Mrs Pelham at the ‘Top table’ on a Friday. Children are chosen for their politeness, good manners and good eating habits. This has been very well received by parents and children.
  • Other assemblies looked at What is a code of conduct and why do we need school rules? Assemblies then looked at each of the statements in our code of conduct – respect, responsibility, compassion, integrity
  • Other assemblies are about people who help us – at home, at school, when we are ill, in an emergency, in the community, when we are travelling and how can we help others.
  • Netball matches have been held at Holly Park for the first time ever.
  • Reinforcing school rules and class rules makes children think about their own personal qualities and social skills
  • Our Forest School programme encourages participation, co-operation, problem solving, co-operation and participation
  • Our many and varied clubs encourage participation in the wider life of the school and in events in the local area
  • Our regular House events encourages participation, co-operation, problem solving, co-operation and participation and working with children across the school of different ages
  • Through topic work such as a curriculum day on the Ancient Mayans, Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, WW1 and WW2, children learn to understand about how different communities and societies function
  • A travelling theatre group about eco travel to school made children think about society in a broader way
  • Our school council went to the London Assembly and thought about London, elections, decision making and democracy.
  • Classes and groups of children make trips in to London and have looked at the Thames, Westminster cathedral, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament etc
  •  A House event was passing the ball under and over. Children worked in mixed year group teams. Great team work was shown by everybody.
  • All classes reviewed the school behaviour policy and Holly Park Way with their classes  Classes made their own class rules based on this.
  • During Anti Bullying week we reviewed the ‘High 5’ – the strategies children can use to help them deal with any negative behaviour directed towards them.
  • The Headteacher’s assemblies on Mondays to the whole school have continued to celebrate children’s achievements in and out of school.
  • Assemblies on Tuesdays have been varied.  They have covered subjects such as behaviour, good manners, the Learning Skills and anti-bullying


  • We celebrate Black History Month. Each class does lessons and we have an assembly. The theme was Martin Luther King and his speech – ‘I have a dream.’ Homework was also set around this theme.
  • We also had visits by Rabbi Rebecca to talk about Sukkot and also some visitors from a local Mosque to talk about Eid al Addha.
  • We continue to display ‘Language of the Month’ in each classroom.
  • We display labels in Spanish in each class so that it is evident that we learn Spanish at this school.
  • The candlelight concert featured songs about festivals of light from several religions and children sang in different languages.
  • Concerts include songs sung in different languages
  •  Displays around the school feature our global community and labels are often written in different languages
  • Reception had a big cultural curriculum day
  • All classes did work about the World Cup – some have looked at the history of football and others have learnt something about one of the countries in the World Cup.
  • We celebrated Black History Month 2014 . Each class did a lesson and homework about black people who had achieved well e.g – Astronauts & scientists.
  • We have had a parent in to school to do an assembly on the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
  • We try to appreciate the personal influences of others e.g selling poppies
  • Y3 will be performing the nativity at the end of term and we will have our candlelight concert which reflects many different cultures and religions who celebrate festivals of light at this time of year.
  • We sent a parent questionnaire out to all families following parental request for Halal meat.
  • There has also been a theme of  British identity in assemblies focusing on respect, traditions  and rule of law
  • The local vicar led an assembly
  • Pathways group come in to lead assembly.