Cradle Hill Community Primary School

'Pupils learn about fundamental British values such as the rule of law
and democracy . They also have a strong knowledge of different faiths and cultures. Pupil
voice is important to leaders. The student parliament meet to discuss improvement areas
for the school. Its most recent achievements have been organising a whole school
marathon to raise funds for a new part of the playground.' Ofsted July 2023

British Values 

Our children learn about British Values;

We encourage children to have a voice in the rules we have in school through a School Parliament with representatives from every class from Year 2 to Year 6. Class meetings are held every 3 weeks whereby children will discuss and vote on current issues within our school.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022

For the Queen's Platinum  Jubilee in May 2022, we had plenty of celebrations and activities at school. One of these included the design and creation of a Time Tunnel, highlighting the 7 decades of the Queen's reign through our children's art and design.

Please see below a video of the final time tunnel and excellent work and effort that went into this celebration:

Jubilee Time Tunnel May 2022


We highly value the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our children

What is SMSC? 

It is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children in our school. SMSC is an integral part of a child’s education. It helps them to develop into aspirational, respectful individuals who will be prepared to live full active lives in their communities, as adults. 

SMSC at Cradle Hill is a golden thread throughout the school which underpins all curriculum subjects and feeds into all aspects of school life. This is not a separate subject that is taught explicitly but an aspect of learning that is present around our school; evident in lessons and behaviour in school. It is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses our children’s personal development. We all have a duty to shape the character, values, attitude and overall development of the next generation. At Cradle Hill, we offer thoughtful and wide-ranging opportunities and experiences to develop our children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This subject contributes significantly to our aim of developing the whole pupil. It is evidenced within children’s books, through pupil voice, within their learning and lessons and through our wide range of additional curriculum opportunities.  Some lessons lend themselves more easily to direct SMSC development such as PSHE and RE. We also aim to develop SMSC through assemblies, behaviour expectations and our attitudes in school.  


Spiritual Development 

Pupils’ spiritual development is shown by their: 

How do we expand our children’s spiritual development? 

We have developed an ethos in which all of our children can grow and flourish, respect others and be respected: accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals. 

Opportunities to enrich our children’s spiritual development include: 


These can occur during any part of the school day, e.g. when listening to music, discussing the care needed for animals, exercising empathy or creativity, how we live, contemplating the future, etc. 


Moral Development 

Pupils’ moral development is shown by their: 

How do we enrich our children’s moral development? 

At Cradle Hill we believe that a morally aware pupil will develop a wide range of skills. These can include the following: 

Our school develops pupil morality by: 

Teachers always discuss rules with their classes for the classroom based on the values held by the school. We teach the children to be aware of their own actions, take responsibility for their own bodies and encourage independence. We will help the children to identify their feelings and think these through so that they are expressed in behaviour that is socially acceptable. This is done through whole school and class-based assemblies, circle time, Social Skills groups and PSHE/Circle Time sessions. We endeavour to raise their self-esteem through praise, stickers, certificates and other means that highlight both academic and social achievements. 


Social Development 

Pupils’ social development is shown by their: 

How do we encourage pupils’ social development? 

Cultural Development 

Pupils’ cultural development is shown by their: 

How do we influence our children’s cultural development? 

Children should be made aware of the diversity of other cultures both within modern Britain and throughout the world. This is done through music, PE, art and many other curriculum areas. Children explore important events and history in Britain such as the anniversary of World Wars, annual Remembrance Day activities and the lives of significant historical figures. They also have strong links with Parliament and democracy throughout the school, through having our own school parliament and smart school council meetings which empowers pupils to make a difference in our school. 

We stimulate our children’s cultural development by: 

As well as developing and promoting the SMSC values, we also promote the following fundamental British values: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.