Hearts and Minds

Hearts and Minds: Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development


At Rode Heath Primary, we refer to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural as our Hearts and Minds curriculum.

We firmly believe that our Hearts and Minds curriculum sits at the centre of our school and runs through everything we do.  Not only does it ensure that we cover all aspects of the curriculum that are outlined in our SMSC policy (see below for areas covered), it also ensures that children develop an inner discipline and will encourage them to not just ‘follow the crowd’ - they will make up their own minds and be ready to accept responsibility for what they do. They will grow through making choices and will develop a strong inner moral compass. They will want to be honest with themselves and with others.

Our mission statement 'Inspiring Learning; nurturing minds; achieving for life' alongside our core values and the animals that represent these values: fairness (Penguin), teamwork (Dolphin), curiosity (Meerkat) and resilience (Loggerhead Turtle) were developed through consultation with all staff, all children and all parents. It captures who we are as a school and determines our relationships with each other in school – child to child, child to adult, adult to child and adult to adult. It is at the core of what we believe and who we are.  


Our Hearts and Minds curriculum aligns assemblies and class based activities together and ensures we are teaching an aspect of SMSC on a weekly basis.  This curriculum was designed with the aim of ensuring complete consistency and progression across school in the teaching of: 

  • British Values
  • Safeguarding (e-safety, PANTS, stranger danger, road safety)
  • Equality and diversity (No Outsiders)
  • Anti-bullying, positive behaviour and peer-on-peer abuse prevention
  • Social and emotional aspects of learning (PSHE)
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing (see Mental Health and Wellbeing policy)
  • Health Education (see RSE policy)
  • Relationships Education (see RSE policy)
  • Relationships and sex education (see RSE policy)
  • RE

All classes will follow the schedule of the Hearts and Minds curriculum and will plan and deliver lessons to develop the child's spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Please refer to our Hearts and Minds: SMSC policy for a more in-depth look at how we teach SMSC.

Hearts and Minds: SMSC Policy

Please refer to our Hearts and Minds yearly overview to see what we are teaching each week.

Hearts and Minds Yearly Overview

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Rode Heath Primary School

Heath Avenue, Cheshire, ST7 3RY

Main Contact - Mr John Frankland

Tel: 01270 314414

Email: admin@rodeheath.cheshire.sch.uk

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