SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.
As a Church school, spiritual development is a key priority. To find out more about this area, explore the RE and Catholic Life of the School pages of our website.
At St Patrick's we develop our children spiritually through:
The use of the Come and See RE curriculum
Links to the parish community - Mass, collecting for the foodbank, concerts, choir performances
Daily Collective Worship
Other faiths work - visits to local churches, exploration of Judaism and Islam, visits to a synagogue and mosque
Visits to the Cathedral
High profile of prayer
The use of faith leaders for child led liturgy
Marking major events in the church calendar - Advent, Lent
School nativity plays and More than Dance used.
School ethos of May Christ be Seen in Us deeply rooted throughout school.
At St Patrick's we develop our children morally through:
The use of school and class rules to reinforce expected behaviour
Learning ladder promotes the idea of being ready to learn
Constant positive reminders of expectations
Emphasis on making good moral choices - doing the right thing
Active discussions about rights and responsibilities
Participation in awareness and promoting success through weekly awards assembly.
Child led fundraising activities
Pats Pals used as a buddying system between infants and junior children.
At St Patrick's we develop our children socially through:
The use of learning partners in every lesson
Restorative justice after conflict
Opportunities to develop within the community - links with other schools, school council, sports council, sporting events
Observing silences e.g. Remembrance Day
Specific social education teaching following a scheme of work
Role modelling of good social skills
Weekly PSHE assembly
A school wide high emphasis on manners and good social interaction
At St Patrick’s we develop our children culturally through:
School council elections
A wide range of extra curricular activities
Celebrations of international events such as the Olympics
The study of other countries and cultures in the curriculum
Charity work and fundraising
Participation in Mission Together
Study of other faiths in RE