Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development at Thorogate School



Examples of what we do


Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values.  

Circle Time in class, Godly Play in Year 3 & 4, visits to places of worship within the curriculum and celebrating traditional Christian events, First News to highlight and stimulate discussions about world events.

Involvement of the community in learning events such as Remembrance, Godly Play in Y3 & 4, RE curriculum, science curriculum, ‘show and tell’ across school.

Pupils regularly have choices about how to present their work, PBL, project homework, school council, Reading Club, play based activities.

Circle time, talk partners, critique, show & tell

Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible

Use of imagination and creativity in their learning

Willingness to reflect on their experiences


Ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong readily apply this understanding in their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England

Circle Time, Behaviour Policy, Classroom rules, Golden Time, School Council, assemblies, UN Charter on the Rights of a Child, play-leaders, ‘restorative justice’.

Understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues, and being able to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues


Use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic


School trips, circle time, parents invited to talk in class, respecting religious thought & places, respecting people less fortunate than ourselves, the curriculum, Crucial Crew, charity work

Willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve

conflicts effectively

Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with

different faiths and beliefs; the pupils develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain


Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have

shaped their own heritage and that of others

Assemblies, visits to religious places, visits by religious leaders, visits to museums, Crucial Crew, use of First News.

Understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures within school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain

Knowledge of Britain's democratic parliamentary system and its central role in

shaping our history and values, and in continuing to develop Britain

Willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities

Interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity, and the extent to which they understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.