SMSC and British Values


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of Pupils at Newlands Primary School, including British Values


The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Newlands Primary School.   Our school’s approach to SMSC is embedded in the ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain.  


Examples of how fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faithsand beliefs, is being actively promoted across NPS.


  • School ethos statement:

Newlands Primary School inspires, motivates and nurtures children and adults within its inclusive community. I has a passion for learning that instils respect and achievement for all children and their continued success in life.


We support the spiritual development of our pupils to enable them to develop 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; and
  • willingness to reflect on their experiences.

 We support the moral development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

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

 We support the social development of our pupils to enable them to develop their:

  • use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with pupils from different 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;

 We support the cultural development of our pupils to enable them to develop 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 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, sporting and cultural opportunities;
  • interest in exploring, improving understanding of and showing respect for different faiths and cultural diversity,
  • tolerance towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Through the range of activities offered we aim to enable our pupils to develop their:

  • self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • their acceptance of responsibility for their behaviour;
  • their understanding of how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality in with the school is situated and to society more widely;
  • respect for their own and other cultures;
  • respect for other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010; and
  • respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic process.   

 These are the skills and attitudes we believe will allow our pupils to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain.


  • Student Voice activities:

School Council

EYFS pupil views recorded in profiles

Annual Pupil Survey

Feedback response in books

Pupils fundraising for their own events and resources

Pupil Voice activities during regular Learning Walks conducted by SLT

Lunch with Inspirational Speakers

Lunch with the Mayor


  • Citizenship lessons:

Phase/Class assembly every week

Circle Time activities

British Values Week

Visit from local MP

Opportunities for children to use citizenship skills across the curriculum eg; voting, democratic

Student Council creating Pupil Friendly school policies


  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)programmes

NSPCC- Keeping Safe assemblies and workshops



PSCO Workshops

Road Safety

Learning Mentor work

Circle Time

Whole School and Class Assemblies

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Futures in Mind Workshops


  • Religious Education (RE) lessons:

Weekly RE lessons

Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, Dwiali and Father’s Day celebrations 

Christmas Nativity

Easter Egg Decoration Competition

Easter Bonnet Parade


  • Healthy schools initiatives:

School Garden

Heartbeat Charity Workshops

Den Building Day Acitvities

Sponsored Walks

Importance of Brushing Teeth by the local Dental Practitioner

EYFS/KS1 fresh fruit/vegetable daily

Opportunity for milk throughout all year groups

Salad bar available every day at lunch

Variety of sporting clubs

Opportunities to learn new sports

PE sessions via local rugby teams

Children’s Mental Health Week


  • After school clubs:

Variety of after-school clubs for KS1 and KS2 including:

  • Multi-sports
  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Music
  • Genius Club
  • Art
  • TimesTable Rockstars
  • Reading
  • Rugby



  • Assemblies:

Daily assemblies that focus of British Values with the use of weekly precepts (rules to live by) that supports the development of kindness, manners, peace, resilience and conflict resolution. 



  • Charity work:

 Charities supported through a variety of events including non-uniform days, Fruit Salad Day, collection of non-perishable foods, Christmas Selection Boxes drive, coffee mornings, raffles, loose change drives and more which have include:

  • Red Nose Day
  • Children in Need
  • Save the Children
  • Remembrance Day
  • The Well Project
  • MacMillian Cancer
  • Leed’s Hospital Children’s Heart Unit
  • Love Me, Love My Face Foundation
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Cash for Kids
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Cash for Kids



  • Sporting events:

NPS Sports Days

Inter-School Sports Competitions

Tag Rugby with the Castleford Tigers

Sponsored Walks

2 hours PE a week


  • Themed Days/Weeks:

Curriculum linked to topics in each key phase

World Book Day

Aspirations Day

International Random Acts of Kindness Day

International Day of Peace

International Kindness Day


World Autism Day

Anti-Bullying Week

Week of Gratitude Week

Internet Safety Day

Celebrating Democracy Day

British Values Week

Engineering Week


  • Educational visits and other Learning Outside the Classroom:

Bush Craft Residential to Castle Howard

Countryside Live

Experiences linked to curriculum topics, Examples:

  • Eureka
  • Cannon Hall,
  • Coal Mining Museum
  • Chiquitos
  • Circus Workshops
  • Wonder film
  • Heart Beat Charity workshops
  • NSPCC workshops
  • The Deep
  • Draks Power Station
  • Wakefield Library Summer Reading Challenge