SMSC and RE at Asquith Primary school
(Including British Values)
SMSC at Asquith Primary School
SMSC stands for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. At Asquith SMSC underpins much of what we do. We recognise that the personal development of the children – spiritually, morally, socially and culturally – plays a significant role in their ability to learn, and to grow into well rounded members of society. We aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:
- Their own values and beliefs
- Spiritual awareness
- High standards of personal behaviour
- A positive and caring attitude towards other people
- An understanding and respect for their and others social and cultural traditions
- An appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures and the world around them.
RE at Asquith Primary School
RE stands for Religious Education and is very closely linked to SMSC. At Asquith Primary we follow "Believing and Belonging in West Yorkshire." This is the agreed syllabus for Religious Education in Leeds.
It states that:
"Human beings have two polar instincts: a hard-wired fear of difference, perceiving the ‘other’ as a
threat, fuelling resentment, hatred and division; and its antithesis, a profound emotional capacity for
empathy, sensing the hurts, hopes and joys of other individuals and communities. In this paradox lies
hope. If RE can support the nurture of empathy, it will also help young people to celebrate common
humanity, rather than being lured into a cul-de-sac of hatred, anger and division. Well-prepared and
challenging RE will help to inspire young people to learn from others and discover the value of
empathy. This syllabus will provide a framework to explore the rich heritage of faiths and beliefs but
also the opportunity to develop critical and reflective skills that will support each student in
discovering their own journey of purpose and meaning."
RE is taught through a series of key questions to get the children thinking and discussing.
For an overview of the questions allocated to each year group please click on the link below: