Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSCD) and Personal Development

What is SMSC Development?

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum.

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:

  • ability to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and perspective on life
  • knowledge of, 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

The moral development of pupils 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.

The social development of pupils 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.

The cultural development of pupils is shown by their:

  • understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others
  • understanding and appreciation of the range of different cultures in the school and further afield as an essential element of their preparation for life in modern Britain
  • ability to recognise, and value, the things we share in common across
    cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities
  • 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 and respect diversity. This is shown by their respect and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities

Here are just some SMSC development opportunities at Greenways.

Dance Performance at the Victoria Hall 2022

Our KS2 children worked really hard with ASM Sports to prepare and perform a dance routine to the theme of ‘The Future in our Hands’. The group performed at the Victoria Hall alongside other schools from across the city and did an amazing job! Well done!

Football success 2022

To continue with the football success celebrations for winning the Power League, our football team were invited to a Stoke City football match where at half time they got to go onto the pitch, meet players and build some life-long memories. We can’t wait for them to play at Sheffield United representing Stoke City and Greenways.

Safer Internet Day 2022

To promote online safety, children learned about how to stay safe when online during assembly and in class. They then had the opportunity to enter a poster competition for our new Online Safety display, displaying the SMART rules for all to see.

Academy Parliament & Playground Leader Fundraiser 2022

Our Y5 playground leaders worked with the Academy Parliament reps to host a Sports Themed Day to raise money for new playground equipment and a store unit. The children raised £434 thanks to a local business – Harrison Denture Clinic Ltd – donating £250 towards the children’s project.

Bikeability 2022

Our year 4 and 5 children had the opportunity to gain their Level 1 and 2 Bikeability awards as well as learning to stay safe on their bikes. The children were taught about bike maintenance and safety as well as having run riding with their friends too.

Remembrance Service 2021

On 11th November, our Head Boy, Head Girl and their deputies visited Carmountside Crematorium to participate in a remembrance service to mark Remembrance Day. The children shared poems with other schools that attended a lay a wreath from all of the staff and pupils and Greenways.

Harvest 2021

This year our Academy Parliament representatives wanted to celebrate the Harvest Festival by supporting the Local Food Bank. Donations were made by parents and then the food items were collected to be shared in our city.

Comic Relief 2021

The Academy Parliament hosted a ‘Bring & Buy’ cake sale this year to raise money for Comic Relief as well as raffling off a huge Pudsey Bear kindly donated by Burslem Rotary Club. We raised £495 for the charity which is amazing!

Local Democracy Event 2019

On Tuesday 15th October 2019 our Head Boy and Head Girl attended a Local Democracy event at the Civic Centre. The event provides hand on education and involvement to children of all ages. Our Head Boy and Head girl got to learn how they can influence the future for Stoke on Trent by having their say. They got to meet the local councillors and learn how they make the influence the decision making process. They also found out how decisions progress through the democratic processes and how to take part.

British Values

Through learning in class, assemblies and visits outside of the Academy, the children at Greenways are taught about the British Values and how they play a bit part in the running of our country. The children have the opportunity to experience some of the values such as Democracy, by voting for special roles and responsibilities in school using a voting box.



Greenways Has Got Talent! 

Back by popular demand! After requests from the children, we hosted Greenways Has Got Talent this term to show-off what amazing talents our young children have. The talents ranged from comedians, musical bands, soloists, singers, dancers, gymnasts to children providing information talks on their interests and hobbies. Over two evening shows children in KS2 were awarded golden tickets to the final where Michael Jackson enthusiast Alex stole the show with his dance mirroring the famous moves of Jackson.








Shoebox Appeal 

This year our Equality and Inclusion Department were keen to raise awareness of Signal1’s shoebox appeal and therefore asked parents and children to fill a shoebox which could then be sent off to children less privileged in another country. The appeal was very well supported with over 100 shoeboxes donated.


PTFA Christmas Enterprise Fair 

The PTFA supported the children in an enterprise project whereby each class was given an amount of money from the PTFA to spend to make products to sell at the Christmas fair. All of the classes made festive treats and year 6 made the most profit. Well done year 6!







Mental Health Awareness Week

To raise awareness of mental health, our Enterprise Department carried out a fundraiser for MIND, a local charity which focuses on the mental health of young people. By asking for donations of parents and children, we raised £181 which was received with thanks by a member of staff from MIND.








France Residential 

Our years 4 to 6 children had the wonderful opportunity to attend an educational residential in France at the start of October. The group of children had an amazing time sight seeing and learning about the French culture.








NSPCC Assembly – Child Line

NSPCC staff came in to school to talk to the children about Child Line and what services Child line provide them as children. Our years 4 to 6 children asked very sensible questions to further develop their knowledge of this charity.








Year 5 Stanley Head Residential 

As always our year 5 children had a fantastic week at Stanley Head where they experienced many new activities including taking personal responsibility by taking care of themselves for the week away from home. The children took part in canoeing, the climbing wall plus many more outdoor pursuits as well as participating in the Deep Hayes walk to support their work on rivers back in school.



RE Conference 

On Friday 9th March Miss Brough and 4 children from Greenways attended an RE conference at The Bridge Centre where they explored what makes RE so great.  They considered and took part in different activities to help them explore different religions and beliefs, this culminated in the children creating a piece of art to demonstrate an aspect of RE that they had learnt about.


Christmas Enterprise Fair 

On Monday 18th December we held the PTFA Christmas Enterprise Fair which was a huge success with so much support from parents it was overwhelming!

All classes made something from a set budget donated by the PTFA with the aim being to make as much profit as possible.  The variety of products on offer was super, from marshmallow men to sewn Christmas decorations and calendars.

Well done to all of the children for managing budgets and producing some high quality treats!




Year 5 and 6 Prevent Session 

Year 5 & 6 were lucky to have a visit from Mr Ahmed this week who came in to talk to them about community cohesion, PREVENT, Extremism and how to remain safe whilst online. The children learnt lots of important messages. Thank you Mr Ahmed.


Greenways’ wears red to support Show Racism the Red Card.

On Friday 21st October staff and children at Greenways Primary wore something red to support Show Racism the Red Card, as a school we raised £164.10p.