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Citizenship and SMSC

Although Citizenship and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development) are not compulsory parts of the 2014 National Curriculum for primary schools, at Caedmon we feel that they still serve to underpin everything that we do.


Citizenship at Caedmon


Providing opportunities for our children to understand Citizenship a fundamental British value is high on the agenda. As described elsewhere on our website, this is approached in a variety of ways. Children at Caedmon are actively encouraged to be responsible citizens, both within school and as part of the wider community.


SMSC at Caedmon


The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of children is approached in a range of different ways. All aspects of the curriculum provide opportunities to develop this area of the children's understanding of the world but, in order to support this, there are times when we focus purely on one of these strands of learning. Assemblies are an important part of the school day, allowing everyone to gather together to consider a wide range of issues over the course of a full school year. Supplementing this, teachers are aware of the importance of being sensitive to the needs of their own class, exploring their interests and requirements through discussions and activities about all manner of topics, many of which may not be specified in the National Curriculum. The outcome is that, as they move through the school, children have a strong sense of personal identity whilst being able to understand their own place in the world to relate to others.


Subject Leader: Mrs. Clennell


UNICEF Rights Respecting School


Our school is currently working towards earning UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools award. This would recognise how, in our school, we understand and support the basic rights of children across the world. As the year goes on, we will work as a community to develop these ideas and make them relevant to us

Picture 1 Y1 & Y5's fund-raising calendar contribution.

Gateshead Schools: UNICEF Rights Respecting Day

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Mr. Wynn took our UNICEF ambassadors on an all-day visit to Gateshead Stadium. This was to meet with children from other schools in our local area taking part in the Rights Respecting Schools Award process.