Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and Religious Education

As laid out by the new National Curriculum, schools are required to: promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils; teach religious education; and make provision for personal, social, health and economic education. At Lime Academy Larkswood we believe that we play a vital role in supporting children to grow and develop as lifelong learners and good citizens of our communities.

At Larkswood we promote key elements of SMSC development across the curriculum and everyday throughout school life. We aim to: foster children’s growth, sense of self and unique potential; support children’s understanding, attitudes and skills related to moral development; promote children’s understanding of their responsibilities and rights as members of families and communities; and extend children’s understanding, respect, appreciation and contribution towards a range of cultures.

At Larkswood, we:

  • Specifically plan for SMSC learning opportunities every week in every subject.
  • Deliver ‘R Time’ programme (Relationship Time) in all key stages every week. This programme is focused on explicitly teaching children key skills to promote good learning relationships, and encompasses key elements of PSHE that we need to support children with at Larkswood.
  • Plan for and deliver the Waltham Forest agreed syllabus for religious education. This is delivered across the school in a week-long block at the end of each term. Each ‘RE week’ will have a focus across the school e.g. Symbols, where children will learn about symbols across a range of religions. To view the syllabus, please use the link below:


Rights Respecting School (RRS)

We are also achieved our Level 1 award as a Rights Respecting School with UNICEF. This further develops out SMSC curriculum as we incorporate global citizenship into our discussion, providing children with the opportunity to develop their understanding of our responsibility to look after our planet and those who live on it for future generations.

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