SMSC at Downs View Infant School

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) development supports Downs View Infant School’s Mission Statement and school values. It encourages creativity, enquiry, independence, responsibility and self-awareness which prepares children for their future to become respectful individuals, life-long learners and active citizens in society.

By working towards our values “Altogether we learn, love, respect and have fun”. We seek to promote a caring, compassionate and fair environment within which all pupils are valued and enabled to flourish. We facilitate this by fostering the values of Friendship, Kindness, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility and Creativity. Emphasis is placed on the traditional values of hard work and self-discipline. Pupils are encouraged to exercise a measure of personal responsibility for their own learning through ever developing personal targets  across the whole curriculum.

The delivery of the curriculum is underpinned by these values and is delivered predominantly through good quality texts. The School Council, consisting of pupils elected from each class, provides a forum for pupils to contribute to the decision-making process in the school. Aspects of personal, social and health education and religious education within the curriculum provide pupils with opportunities to develop spiritually and morally in a supportive atmosphere. Spiritual and moral themes are also explored in regular whole-school and class assemblies.

SMSC at Downs View

Intent Aims

To provide children with the opportunities and experiences to become life-long learners who are tolerant, active members of society. Children should feel respected and valued and should display this to others. Our creative multi-sensory curriculum will create a sense of awe and wonder and help inspire a life-long love of learning.

Values we promote:

Learn                 Independence  Friendship          Respect

Perseverance     Creativity  Responsibility     Hard work       Self-Discipline    Love

Tolerance           Kindness

Whilst developing: Knowledge         Life skills     Spirituality       Mental            British Values   Health Independence   Morality

Self Esteem      Community

Leadership Skills


Implementation Approaches to learning

Highest learning expectations

Consistant approach to teaching and behaviour

Teaching styles and resources meet children’s needs Personalised learning

Build on prior learning

Promote  communication

Appropriate inclusion for all


Enrichment days – art/science, music

Sports clubs

Forest school

Visits to the school by members of the community, church, public services, curriculum experts

School council

School trips

Talent shows


Speech                       Memory minds       Nurture

Sensory circuits         Language               Phonics

Fine motor                 Fizzy                     Art therapy                      Lego                      Maths                   Play therapy               Press gang             Social

Drawing and talking


Church assemblies and visits

Visits to The Grange – local elderly peoples home

1000 hours of kindness project

CATs choir


Star of the week                                Active

Star table (dinner manners)               Art

Reading                                              Talent

Walk on Wednesday


Jeans for jeans

Comic relief

Children in need



Impact Standards

Children make expected or greater than expected progress based on their baseline assessments before they leave KS1. They leave Downs View equipped with the life skills they need as they continue their learning journey.

Personal Development

Children become resilient independent learners who demonstrate good behaviour for learning. They learn to make the right choices for their own safety.


Children have high levels of well-being. They enjoy learning and coming to school. Their well-being and involvement is tracked and any interventions and/or support is put in place quickly and effectively.


 British Values at Downs View Infant School

In 2011, the government defined British Values as:

democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

We promote these values through our mission statement, school vision, curriculum and enrichment activities which supports our commitment to developing the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Our commitment to promoting British values is constantly evolving and changing as a reflection of the children within our school.

Please look at the attached documents to find out how we promote and support the children’s Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development as well as their understanding of British Values.

British Values

SMSC Policy