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what is SMSC?

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.


At Peartree Spring we encourage the children to explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; use imagination and creativity; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; reflect.

OFSTEDs expectations

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their:

  • 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
  • sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
  • use of imagination and creativity in their learning
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences. 

(School Inspection Handbook 2019)


At Peartree Spring we help the children to recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; respect the law; offer reasoned views: investigate moral and ethical issues.

OFSTEDs expectations

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their:

  • ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to readily apply this understanding in their own lives, recognise legal boundaries and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England
  • understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others on these issues

(School Inspection Handbook 2019)


At Peartree Spring we encourage the children to use a range of social skills (including to resolve conflict); participate in the local community; participate, volunteer and cooperate; appreciate diverse viewpoints; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.

OFSTEDs expectations

Pupils’ social development is shown by their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, for example working and socialising with other pupils, including those from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • 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; they develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.

(School Inspection Handbook 2019)


At Peartree Spring we inspire the children to appreciate cultural influences; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities.

OFSTEDs expectations

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and those of others
  • 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, musical, 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.

(School Inspection Handbook 2019)

examples of what SMSC looks like at peartree spring


All aspects of SMSC are promoted through our assemblies. We follow a carefully planned timetable of themes that link closely with our PSHE curriculum and current events. 

The themes of our assemblies allow the children to think and speak openly about their own beliefs, sharing their ideas on a number of important topics and issues. 


On a Monday Years 1 to 3 and Years 4 to 6 are delivered an assembly based on the same theme but at an age appropriate level by a member of staff. This is followed up on a Tuesday in House Assembly, which is run by the house captains, and allows children to reflect with their peers from other year groups. On a Thursday, the theme of the week is revisited in Year Group assemblies. On a Wednesday we have singing assembly, at least one of the songs will link to the overarching theme of the week and on a Friday we have our Celebration Assembly. Our Celebration Assembly allows the whole school to come together to celebrate the week’s achievements and birthdays that have occurred (both pupils and staff) during the previous week.

Find out more on our Assembly page.

Leadership skills

Pupil Leadership Team

Our pupil leadership team is made up of Year 6 pupils. They are led by our Head Boy and Head Girl alongside the Deputy Head Boy and Girl who have been elected by their peers. They meet with Mrs Skeggs once a week to discuss topical issues, forthcoming events and how to continue making the school a wonderful place to be.

School Council

Each class has a School Council representative. This child is the voice of the class during regular School Council Meetings that are held. School Council representatives also attend the Stevenage School's Parliament meetings at the Council chambers alongside the Mayor.

You can find out more, including minutes from the meetings, on our School Council page.


Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 are allowed to apply for the role of a Buddy. Our buddies help to make break times at school even more enjoyable. They support children on both the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two playgrounds as well as in the dining halls and the corridors. They proudly wear their badges and bibs so they can easily be identified by those who need friendship support or are looking for someone new to play with.


Junior Travel Ambassadors

This year we will be continuing to work alongside our local Road Safety Officer from Hertfordshire County Council. Previously, she worked with Years 1 and 2 to improve their Scooter Safety Skills, Year 4 to deliver a Pedestrian Skills Workshop and Year 6 to warn them about the dangers of being distracted whilst crossing the road. Once again, 6 children have selected from Year 5 to become our travel safety ambassadors (JTAs). 


We will be working towards earning the Silver Award offered by Modeshift STARS and currently hold the Bronze Award. This scheme has been designed to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

Educational Visits

School trips are a powerful and positive teaching tool that help enhance the social, personal and emotional development of all learners. They provide unique opportunities for kinesthetic learning i.e. ‘learning by doing’ and encourage students to engage with buildings in new ways. They allow our children to see how what they are learning is applied in the real world.


  • Dragon Workshop
  • Walk to the Post Box

Year 1:

  • Pirate Day
  • Hatfield House 

Year 2:

  • The Royal Gunpowder Mills
  • Gullivers Dinosaur Park and Farm
  • Southend-on-Sea 
  • Local Fire Fighters from Stevenage Fire Station Visit

Year 3 – KidZania, Whipsnade Zoo

Year 4: 

  • Fairlands Valley Park Science Investigation
  • Women’s Rights Rebellion Day  
  • Off the Page Viking Day 
  • Mini Olympics

Year 5:

  • Warwick Castle
  • Airbus Discovery Centre
  • The Odyssey Cinema
  • Barnwell Science and Technology Fair

Year 6:

  • Crucial Crew
  • Barnwell Science and Technology Fair
  • Stevenage Library 
  • Bletchley Park
  • Residential trip to  PGL Multi Activity Centre in Liddington, Wiltshire

Whole school trip Y1 to 6:

  • The Pantomime Beauty and the Beast


The wellbeing of our children is paramount and we aim to equip them with the skills needed to be well-balanced, happy, confident and healthy members of British society.  We aim to develop understanding of their personal responsibility towards themselves and others so that they flourish as individuals within the community.  We strive to provide a nurturing culture in which all children are valued, heard and supported.  Our goal is to ensure that our children feel safe and know how to ask for help.

All Year 6 classes will have the PENN Resilience programme delivered to them by Mrs Hansen over the course of a term. This develops children's resilience and helps them think about their thoughts and actions in different situations to help them feel more confident and develop their self-esteem. 

Y3 will participate in the Bright Stars Programme, which also develops children's resilience and helps them think about their thoughts and actions in different situations to help them feel more confident and develop their self-esteem but has be developed with younger children in mind.

Some children will access individualised programmes to help them to manage their own emotions, anxieties or to help them to develop their social skills and give them the confidence interact with a range of different people.  

Religious Visits

As part of our Religious Education work (and our SMSC development) the children take part in a number of visits to different places of worship.

  • Year 2 visit St. Mary's church for the Christmas Journey and the Easter Journey 
  • Year 3 visit a local mosque.
  • Year 5 have a visit from a local Rabbi.
  • Year 6 visit St. Mary's church and a Buddhist temple.
SMSC Policy