PSHE and Citizenship (SSMC)
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
St Clare’s School has a strong commitment to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils. The school vision and values, put together by all the staff, supports spiritual, moral, social and cultural characteristics in all pupils.
In our school pupils’ SMSC development can be seen for example, in:
• Taking part in a range of activities regarding social skills
• Developing an awareness and respect for diversity
• Developing and appreciation of theatre, music and the arts.
• Developing an understanding of right and wrong.
• Developing the communication skills to make choices about
likes/dislikes in school then in wider community visits.
• Taking part in sporting opportunities.
• Taking part in cultural opportunities.
• Taking part in artistic opportunities.
SMSC is embedded throughout the curriculum at St Clare’s. This integrated approach ensures that aspects of SMSC are considered in all subject areas.
Beyond the Curriculum
We are also committed as a school to developing SMSC beyond the curriculum. This is done through:
• Arts, Music and Cultural Specialists visits to school over
• Assemblies give pupils an opportunity to explore aspects of
• We are currently registered to achieve the Unicef Award.
This will be a specific focus of work over the next 2 years.
More information on this can be found on
At St Clare’s we follow the Cornerstones Curriculum. This gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to stay healthy and safe, develop worthwhile relationships, respect differences, develop independence and responsibility, and make the most of their own abilities and those of others. It is very closely linked with Every Child Matters, and encompasses our work within Citizenship, PSHE planning and towards National Healthy Schools Status.
PSHE and Citizenship:
What is Citizenship education?
There are 3 interrelated strands in the framework: –
– Social and moral responsibility
– Community involvement
– Political literacy
These are taught to prepare children to play an active role as members of a democratic society, to develop independence and responsibility, and to make informed choices about their own lifestyle.
Our ethos and curriculum ensure that we meet the 5 strands of Every Child Matters which states that every child has the right to: Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy ad Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution, and Achieve Economic Well-being.
Aims of SSMC Education at St Clare’s R.C. Primary School:
We want our children to develop self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to:
• Stay as healthy as possible,
• Keep themselves and others safe,
• Have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships,
• Respect the differences between people,
• Develop independence and responsibility,
• Play an active role as members of a democratic society,
• Make the most of their own abilities and those of others,
• Behave in a socially and morally acceptable way including towards authority and each other,
• To become involved in the life of their community,
• To know about democracy and how to be an active citizen,
• To know about economic well-being.
Delivery of the Curriculum
A range of teaching strategies are used as appropriate. These will include:
• Circle time (Through the Statements to Live by)
• Role-play and drama
• Discussion…whole class, small group and paired discussion
• Problem-solving activities
There are weekly lessons for SSMC development. These are taught as part of our creative curriculum programme. There are also opportunities for PSHE and Citizenship through the daily collective worship time, in addition to the weekly ‘Statements to Live by’ act of worship and the weekly celebration assembly. The whole school ethos promotes our work in PSHE and Citizenship, as set out in our Mission Statement. Much of the curriculum is delivered through oral and practical activities.
The elected School Council are actively involved in promoting SSMC issues as are Year 6 pupils responsible for supporting play, socialsation and confidence in our younger pupils. Allocated play equipment allows the children in Key Stages One and Two to work co-operatively. Year 6 pupils also work as Play Leaders and Buddies for the Key Stage One children.
The delivery of the curriculum is supported by outside agencies. For example:
• School Nurse visits
• Bikeability (Years 5 )
• Fire Service visits
• Road Safety Team visit
• ‘Stepping Up’ (David Foster) which focusses on drug and alcohol awarenedd (Year 6)
• Carlton Visit to promote team building and physical develoopment (Year 6)
• Catholic retreat Hutton Magna for our Year 4 pupils prior to them making their First Holy Communion
• Visits to/from local Secondary Schools which explore the transition process from Primary to Secondary school
• Sports coaches who support the delivery of Physical Education.
St Clares Catholic Primary School is closely linked with the Parish Church and the Parish Community.
Pupils are encouraged to develop links with the local community through:
• Celebrating Mass,
• Singing at St Clares/ St Francis’ Parish at Christmas,
• St Clares Easter and Christmas Fayre and Summer ‘Stay and Play’,
• Delivery of Harvest Goods with members of the Church community
After school groups complement the delivery of PSHE, such as:
• Football for KS2 pupils
• Cheerleading for KS2 pupils,,
• Enterprise for Y5/6 pupils where children make and sell products
• Music lessons for KS2 pupils
• Apollo Arts KS1 and KS2 pupils
• Basketball for KS2 pupils
Links to planning and Learning for Teachers: