Our SMSC curriculum develops the whole child so they are able to celebrate and respect the diversity of our community and to keep themselves and others emotionally safe.

Spiritual Development

Spiritual development is concerned with developing the non material aspects of life, focusing on personal insight, values, meaning and purpose.  Beliefs that help provide perspective on life, may be rooted in religion, but equally may not.  Children explore the fundamental British value of respecting the values and beliefs of others.


Moral Development 

Moral development is knowing what is right and wrong and acting on it accordingly.  Moral development is about personal and societal values, understanding the reasons for them and airing and understanding disagreements.  Children develop the fundamental British value of investigating moral values and ethical issues and recognising and applying right and wrong.

Social Development

Social development shows pupils working together effectively, relating well to adults and participating in the local community.  IT also includes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


Cultural Development

Cultural development shows pupils’ understanding and feeling comfortable in a variety of cultures and experiencing and range of cultural activities (art, theatre, travel and concerts).  Children develop the fundamental British value of exploring, understanding and tolerance regarding the diversity of cultural traditions and beliefs of others.


 Language and Culture

Our language and culture curriculum is reflective of our local community, enabling our pupils to celebrate and communicate with their peers.

At Hillside, we have a richly diverse community with a variety of different first languages spoken. The main 3 languages spoken at Hillside are Romanian, Polish and Portuguese with one third of our community speaking Romanian as a first language and Polish and Portuguese as equally another third. In order to build community cohesion, we felt it more beneficial to teach these three languages to all our children rather than introduce another common MfL language such as French or Spanish. 

Therefore, our children all learn  these three languages, one per term from Y3-Y6, with a supplementary weekly lesson about the culture of the people from Romania, Poland or Portugal. This has helped to reduce conflict within the school community, build understanding of each other and celebrate similarities and differences. 

Language and Culture Long Term Plans