What is SMSC?
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
All schools in England must show how well their pupils develop in SMSC.
At Booth Wood, we have introduced a whole school PSHE scheme called Jigsaw.
Jigsaw combines PSHE, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.
Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lessons across the school, and encourages children to try to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes.
Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they really are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with six Pieces (lessons). Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time (sequentially ordered from September to July), allowing for whole school themes and the end of Puzzle product, for example, a display or exhibition (like the Garden of Dreams and Goals) to be shared and celebrated by the whole school. Each year group is taught one lesson per week and all lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs.
The different puzzle pieces are:
Autumn 1: Being me in my world
Autumn 2: Celebrating Difference
Spring 1: Dreams & Goals
Spring 2: Healthy Me
Summer 1: Relationships
Summer 2: Changing Me
Jigsaw PSHE is fully compliant with the DfE Statutory Relationships & Health Education Guidance.
This document maps the guidance to Jigsaw by Year Group and Puzzle (unit of work) showing the depth and breadth of the curriculum coverage.
At Booth Wood, RE is taught to children in all year groups through theme days every half term. We use an enquiry based approach supported by the Discovery RE scheme.
This is linked directly to the Leicestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Each year, children learn about Christianity as well as other main world religions including Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.