Stranton Primary School

Stranton Primary School

"Only the best is good enough"

Stranton's Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Curriculum

At Stranton Primary School we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) is delivered in all curriculum areas and in every aspect of school life. 

SMSC Education is broadly split into four areas: 

Spiritual: exploring beliefs and experiences; respecting values; discovering oneself and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity; reflection.

Moral: recognising right and wrong; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views. 

Social: using social skills in different contexts; working well with others; resolving conflicts; understanding how communities work.

Cultural: appreciating cultural influences; participating in cultural opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity. 

We promote the SMSC development of our students through a variety of ways including:

  • the provision of a broad, balanced and knowledge rich curriculum. Within this, teachers strive to promote opportunities whereby students are encouraged to engage with the wider world, and consider and question their place within it,
  • a varied assembly programme through which teachers and visitors discuss topics that help students reflect upon themes that are important in the wider world today as well as addressing local, national and global current affairs
  • an extensive extra-curricular programme that includes sporting, academic, musical and cultural opportunities, 
  • specialist bespoke programmes that cater for the needs of our most vulnerable pupils. Some of our bespoke programme include:


Stranton Forest School

The forest school course is designed to address some of the social and emotional difficulties children may have in the classroom and support their holistic development.

Throughout the six-week course, the children take part in various activities including forest games, shelter building, practical skills, forest crafts and learning about plants, animals and the environment. These are designed to:

  • Improve listening skills
  • Improve their ability to follow instructions
  • Develop team work
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Manage risk taking
  • Give children the freedom to explore

Please select the links below to view our forest school curriculum.

Autumn 1 Forest School Curriculum


Autumn 2 Forest School Curriculum




The aim of mindfulness is to slow down our experience of everyday activities allowing us to...

  • Notice our experiences - Something we have lost over many years of auto-pilot.
  • Focus on the detail of what we are doing moment by moment (zooming in).
  • Be aware of thoughts, perceptions, feelings, physical sensations that are linked to our mood and mind states.

Why we teach mindfulness...

  • To teach children and ourselves how to use our mind in a more positive, accepting manner developing a greater appreciation for day-to-day life.
  • Focusing children's attention can help bring their wandering minds back to where they want to focus, improving concentration and the ability to cope with ‘distraction’
  • To enable children to become aware of the habits that prevail in our inner lives, and govern our day to day behaviour and reactions.
  • To help children to manage their thoughts and feelings and mental health.
  • To help increase our children's activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotion producing positive outcomes on wellbeing, reducing anxiety and distress as well as improving behavior in school.
  • To help children accept the ups and downs of life, let go old habits and reactions, and find new more helpful reactions.



Lego Therapy

LEGO Based Therapy is a collaborative, play based social skills programme designed to improve social competence in children with social difficulties. The intervention was originally created for use with children with autism, although at Stranton Primary School, children with related conditions take part in the sessionsas as well as children without any identified difficulties.


Therapeutic Storywriting  

Therapeutic Storywriting encourages pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) to process difficult feelings through storywriting. The programme takes place each week and lasts for approximately 10 weeks.

Click here to view the structure of these sessions.


Me Time Curriculum

Me time is programme that encourages pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) to process difficult feelings through fun, child initiated activities. The me time programme runs over a term and takes place twice a week.

Click here to view the structure of these sessions.