St Anne Line Catholic Infant School & Nursery

We love to learn in Jesus, In Jesus we learn to love

Wickhay, Basildon, Essex SS15 5AF

01268 524263

Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development (SMSC)

At St Anne Line Catholic Infant School we believe that a strong foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, and other core subjects is a vital part of school life, but we consider that SMSC is fundamental to the development of our children, central to their growth and at the heart of what we would say education is all about.

Ofsted recognises this and highlights the importance of SMSC in the school curriculum. They state that “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and, within this, the promotion of fundamental British values, are at the heart of the school’s work.”

The spiritual development of pupils is shown by 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.
  • Willingness to reflect on their own experiences.

Our families at St Anne Line Catholic Infant School often choose a Catholic education for their child as they wish them to have a deeper understanding of the Catholic fait. Religious education is central to the ethos of our school. Our links with the Holy Trinity Catholic Church are an important part of our Spiritual Development.

We recognise that families around us and those that join the school often represent other faiths and have diverse beliefs. We encourage children to reflect on other religions and beliefs and to respect other viewpoints as an important part of how we are all different. Our prayer corner in the quadrangle is a quiet meditative area where children can sit quietly and simply reflect on what they believe. Father Daniel Kelly comes to school and nursery to talk about the church and the Catholic religion. We also visit him in Holy Trinity Church regularly.

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.

We follow the Golden Rules for our whole school behaviour plan. In each class the children discuss and ‘sign’ a class charter to recognise their responsibility for agreed behaviour.

We respect our friends and teachers and know that working together is a really important part of school life.

We think of other people in our community and work hard to raise money and collect food or resources for those in need. We work with a variety of charities such as, CAFOD and Helping Hands to show our support practically.

We sent our Harvest Festival collection to the local Food Bank.

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 of 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.

Year One Assembly.

Our concert and cake sale raised money for CAFOD

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 those 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, 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, respect and celebrate diversity, as shown by their tolerance and attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

We are fortunate to have a rich and diverse school community with families representing many different countries in the world. International Day is a planned event which occurs every two years and gives a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the wide varieties of cultures and customs around the world.

In music we are taking part in the BBC Ten Pieces for Schools. The programme runs across the year and helps the children to appreciate a wide variety of different music.
We enjoy looking at the work of different artists.


Our British Values assemblies