Dagenham Road, Romford, Essex, RM7 0TL

020 8270 4940


Rush Green Primary School


Welcome to

Rush Green Primary School

What is SMSC?

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. At Rush Green Primary we embrace this broader dimension of learning through SMSC development. We understand that the personal development of all pupils plays a necessary part in their ability to learn and achieve both within this early stage of learning and later as they make their journey through adulthood.

It is important to us that all members of our school community help us to provide an education that encourages opportunities for children to explore and develop and understand their own and others’ values and beliefs. To do this we must ensure our children develop spiritual awareness, high standards of behaviour, a positive caring attitude towards all, an understanding of social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity of other cultures.

SMSC is embedded throughout our school community ranging from RE (Religious Education) and SEAL (Spiritual and Emotional aspects of Learning) lessons through to assemblies, charity work, cultural awareness events, visiting speakers and a wide range of extra-curricular and out of school activities.

The school ethos “Strive to Succeed” is also a significant contributor to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. The ethos is embedded strongly throughout all teaching of the National Curriculum subjects and lessons aim to include clear SMSC opportunities.

An overview of the SMSC Curriculum can by found by cliking on the      following link:

Spiritual Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • ·         Foster their own inner lives and non-material well-being
  • ·         Sustain their self-esteem in the learning experience
  • ·         Develop their capacity for critical and independent thought
  • ·         Foster their emotional life and express their feelings
  • ·         Experience moments of stillness and reflection
  • ·         Discuss their beliefs, feelings, values and response to personal experiences
  • ·         Form and maintain worthwhile and satisfying relationships
  • ·         Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life 

Moral Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • ·         Reflect on the consequences of their actions, learn how to forgive themselves and others, which are attitudes they need to
  •           make moral, responsible decisions and act on them
  • ·         Recognise the unique value of each individual
  • ·         Recognise the challenge of life today and the role they play in it
  • ·         Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others
  • ·         Gain the confidence to cope with setbacks and learn from mistakes
  • ·         Take initiative and act responsibly with consideration for others
  • ·         Distinguish between right and wrong
  • ·         Show respect for the environment


Social Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • ·         Display a sense of belonging and an increasing willingness to participate
  • ·         Make an active contribution to the democratic process in each of their communities
  • ·         Develop an understanding of individual and group identity
  • ·         Learn about service in the school and wider community
  • ·         Begin to understand the place they have within society and the role they need to play
  • ·         Understand the changing nature of society and how this is an opportunity not a threat
  • ·         Develop their compassion for others in society
  • ·         Take initiative on wider social issues and establish ways they can help on an individual, local, national and  global scale


Cultural Development

As a school community we aim to provide opportunities that will:

  • ·         Recognise the values and richness of cultural diversity in Britain and how this influences individuals and society
  • ·         Recognise and respect world faiths and beliefs, and understand the impact they have on our culture
  • ·         Develop an understanding of Britain’s local, national, European and global dimensions
  • ·         Broaden their perspective on different communities and cultures within the local area  
  • ·         Interact with different cultures/lifestyles and explore their advantages and disadvantages
 For the PSHE Curriculum Overview please click here and for the PSHE Policy please click here.