SMSC is the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children. At Danson we believe that these areas are intrinsic to the daily life of the school, as well as promoting the Danson and British Values. We aim to develop and nurture these through our everyday teaching to create well-rounded, empathetic individuals.At Danson, we explore beliefs and feelings whilst giving children opportunities to reflect on themselves and their learning throughout their daily lives. Danson teaches the children to have a good understanding of what is right and wrong as well as opportunities to discuss moral and ethical issues. Pupils develop and hone their social skills in order to apply them in a wide range of situations. Pupils have the opportunities to experience and understand different cultures and develop an awareness of the different cultures that make up the UK.
SMSC is threaded throughout a relevant, broad and balanced curriculum at Danson.
Our PSHE curriculum covers all areas of the DfE requirements for the statutory Relationships and Health Education. At Danson, we use SCARF’s whole school approach to plan and deliver PSHE lessons. Staff are trained in the implementation of this, to ensure they can deliver the content confidently and effectively. It is taught through six half termly units which strive to give pupils at Danson the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, to form and manage relationships, to make informed choices and build their confidence. The content of the themes is built upon and developed as they move through the school so that they have access to a range of topics that are relevant and age appropriate. Circle time is an integral part of PSHE lessons and is used to provide a forum in which pupils can explore feelings, develop understanding and practise skills. It provides a time to explore and debate challenging issues all children have to deal with. Class agreements are created and agreed upon with every class to ensure they know that they can share their thoughts and ideas in a safe, secure and respectful environment.
The RE curriculum is planned directly from the new 2021-2026 Bexley Agreed Syllabus, and enables pupils to learn about a range of faiths that are represented in the demographics of the local surrounding area of the school. As a result of their learning in RE, pupils gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of different faiths and this enables them to develop tolerance and respect for others both within the school and wider communities.
All areas of SMSC are incorporated in specific events/weeks during each term, including Remembrance Day, Black History Month, Financial Education lessons, Internet Safety Day, Sports Week and Anti-bullying/Kindness Week and other dates for celebration.. We have engaged in various events within the community, including Christmas concerts, community carol services, carol services at the local church and successful fundraising and collections for the NSPCC, Bexley Deaf Centre, Children in Need and Bexley Food Bank.