Wellbeing and SMSC

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think

Margaret Mead

At The Mulberry House School, we are committed to supporting children’s personal development and wellbeing.

Within our Early Years classes, we recognise that each child is a unique individual and as such tailor our settling in period to the needs of your child. To further support their personal development, we celebrate the children’s individual achievements through the Star of the Week award which promotes a sense of pride. We also support the children’s personal development through our celebrations of a broad range of religious and cultural festivals. 

To support their wellbeing, the EYFS classes have daily circle times and focus on one of the core values from our Mulberry Mindset each term. These are the characteristics that we hope to instil in the children as we prepare them for life after Mulberry.

Diversity is thinking independently together.

- Malcom Forbes

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC)

What is Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education?

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) is not taught as a discreet subject in itself but rather it pervades all aspects of learning at The Mulberry House School. SMSC aims to ensure that our children learn to develop attitudes and beliefs that will make them well-rounded, tolerant, respectful, open-minded and informed future citizens.

From the definitions of each aspect of SMSC below, it is possible to see how each can easily be combined with our curriculum so that our aims can be achieved.

Spiritual education

  • Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.

Moral education

  • Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views and have an appreciation of British Values.

Social education

  • Investigate moral issues; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the fundamental British value of democracy.

Cultural education

  • Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain’s parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.