Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Education
We use the term SMSC to incorporate the teaching of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic) education, RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) as well as the wider offer of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education.
An overview of PSHE, RSE & Health and SMSC at Meadow
At Meadow, we take a broad and thorough approach to the delivery of PSHE (including RSE & Health) and SMSC. Individual PSHE lessons equating to 30 minutes per week, are introduced through an age appropriate picture book or the use of a short animated film.
We work in a thematic approach covering many areas, all of which have a focus on the equality act and the nine protected characteristics. Themes include: No Outsiders; Anti-bullying; Inspirational People; Britain and Diversity; British Values; Drugs & was Alcohol; Relationships and Sex Education; Knocking down Stereotypes; More in Common (Seeking Asylum); Global Goals for Sustainable Development; and Challenging Homophobia. we also have a comprehensive programme to teach about mental health and wellbeing.
Staff at Meadow receive regular training on different aspects of SMSC, delivered by the coordinator who is also a Specialist Leader in Education and and SSAT Global Learning lead practitioner.
We focus on questioning, philosophy and discussion in order to enable the children to explore the subject matters in depth within the time frames given. Children contribute to the creation of iMovies which evidence the richness of these sessions.
Alongside the separate PSHE lessons, we ensure that PSHE, Global and SMSC values are threaded throughout our curriculum e.g. Diversity within the Roman Empire; Use of sustainable palm oil to prevent deforestation of Rainforests; Giving multiple different images of the same place when learning about the wider world in geography; Writing for a real purpose (to make a change) within English.
By threading these humanity based concepts throughout all subjects, children are able to identify the links actions and consequences in a global context.
Assemblies are used as learning opportunities relating to SMSC themes and we provide a wide range of stand-alone opportunities throughout the school year that support this area of learning.
We record much of our learning using iMovie. Have a look at some of the learning that has been taking place.
A comprehensive overview of our provision in SMSC including PSHE.
Details about our provision in relation to Relationships and Sex Education.
We update our areas of learning continuously, but this document will provide you with a taste of some of the texts we share with our learners.
My Happy Mind
At Meadow, we use My Happy Mind to learn about how our brain works and to help us learn what to do to make our minds and brains work well. We learn about positive and negative mental health and strategies that we can use in everyday life to support positive mental wellbeing.
Have a browse at some of the movies our learners have made whilst learning about Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural, Health, Economic & Relationship issues.
The Odd Egg
World's Largest Lesson
At Meadow, we all take part in the 'World's Largest Lesson' which examines the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Our children make their own pledges to contribute positively to their world.
Ellesmere Port Project
Children visited the residents of Astbury Lodge nursing home to find out more about their town.
I Walk With Vanessa
People Who Inspire Us
People Who Inspire Us
Meadow Primary School took a lead in the 'Adrift' project which involved a network of primary schools, working together to breakdown stereotypes. Children examined the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers. They looked at reasons that people seek asylum, and discussed the labels that these people are given along their journey. They related the project to themes such as 'home', 'hope' and 'humanity'. All year groups created artwork relating to the project.
A message during Covid lockdowns
How to Heal a Broken Wing
The Invisible Boy
Britain & Diversity
Exploring the Windrush experience
My World, Your World
From garden to Foodbank
Children grew vegetables from seed in our garden. They then delivered these to the local food bank where they were made into a delicious soup which was served in the dining room.
Literacy inspired by plastic pollution
Literacy inspired by ocean pollution
Malala's Magic Pencil
Red: A crayon's Story
People Who Inspire Us
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child
A chance to learn outdoors, problem solve, build bonds, form relationships, be independent, think critically, enrich experiences, develop social and emotional confidence, ignite passions and have FUN!
General Election 2019
Our youngest pupils explore democracy and voting in this General Election activity.
Exploring the question 'Who inspires us?'
Greta Thunberg & Climate Change
How can we use our voices to make positive changes? What can we change to make a positive impact on our environment?