SMSC Curriculum

SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.

Spiritual Development

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.


Moral Development

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.


Social Development

At St Patrick’s we develop our children socially through:

The use of learning partners in every lesson

Paired reading

Buddy systems

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

Cultural Development


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