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Sowing seeds of success: Growing courageous learners

Growing Courageous Learners.

Celebrating Student's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

This page outlines Sowerby Primary Academy’s wide-ranging SMSC provision. It showcases the many curriculum-based and extra-curricular activities which have already helped develop our students as spiritual, moral, social and cultural learners. It also highlights the exciting SMSC-based teaching, learning and extra-curricular activities we plan and deliver.


What is SMSC?

SMSC is about developing the whole person. As our pupils move through the school, we are committed at Sowerby Primary Academy, to developing not only their academic standards and levels of achievement, but also their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. We aim to provide opportunities for our children to form their own identity, sense of place and purpose and give them the confidence to question and discover who they are in the world and face the exciting challenges that lie ahead.



  • We give students the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they affect people’s lives
  • We give students the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they affect people and how an understanding of them can be helpful
  • We encourage students to relate their learning to a wider frame of reference - for example, asking ‘why?’ ‘how?’ and ‘where?’ as well as ‘what?’


  • We provide a clear moral code as a basis for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school through our work as a Rights Respecting School
  • We promote measures to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and other criteria
  • We encourage students to take responsibility for their actions. For example, respect for property, care of the environment, and making positive behavior choices
  • We provide models of moral development through our curriculum and embedded into our acts of Collective Worship


  • We foster a sense of community, with common, inclusive values which ensure that everyone, irrespective of ethnic origin, nationality, gender, ability, sexual orientation and religion can flourish
  • We help students develop personal qualities which are valued in a society, for example, thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for difference, moral principles, independence, interdependence, self-respect
  • We provide a conceptual and linguistic framework within the curriculum, which will help the children to consider and understand social issues
  • We encourage students to work together co-operatively


  • We provide opportunities for students to explore their own cultural assumptions and values
  • We present authentic accounts of the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures
  • We extend students’ knowledge and use of cultural imagery and language, recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents
  • We provide opportunities for students to participate in literature, drama, music, art and craft based activities

 SMSC Slide show

Celebrating SMSC