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SMSC Development

At Henry Whipple SMSC underpins everything we do. We recognise that the personal development of the children, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant role in their ability to learn and to grow into well rounded members of society. 



We provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop:

  • Their own values and beliefs
  • Spiritual awareness
  • High standards of personal behaviour
  • A positive and caring attitude towards other people
  • An understanding and respect for their and others social and cultural traditions
  • An appreciation of the diversity and richness of cultures and the world around them.


Spiritual Development The children’s beliefs, religious or otherwise, which inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for other people’s beliefs and values. We promote this @ HWP through the following:

  • Our Religious Education programme which includes visits to places of worship
  • Assemblies which celebrate beliefs and cultures from around the world and SMSC
  • Our 'Learning Away' and enrichment programme that inspires awe and wonder
  • A PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme that allows pupils to reflect on their own feelings and develop an understanding of the feelings of others, including readiness for 21st century Britain dangers and threats
  • Developing creativity and imagination through play, literacy, art, design technology music, dance and drama


Moral Development A pupil’s understanding, attitude and behaviour to what is right and what is wrong. This is developed @ HWP through the following:

  • Providing a clear moral code for behaviour which is promoted consistently through all aspects of the school – assemblies,  behaviour system, Believe, Belong Achieve Cards
  • Focus British Values, E-safety lessons, PSHE curriculum, Reading and Attendance Rewards
  • Promoting equality in relation to religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender
  • Giving pupils opportunities to explore and develop moral concepts and values through the curriculum – PSHE, Fair Trade topics, R.E., History, Geography, Literacy, Drama
  • Encouraging children to take responsibility for their actions, through PSHE and the Behaviour Policy
  • Learning about and raising money for charities
  • Adults modelling fairness, integrity and respect for all pupils
  • Recognising and respecting different cultures represented by pupils and staff in the school – language of the month, cultural displays around the school, texts used to support the curriculum


Social Development a pupil’s progressive acquisition of the competencies and qualities needed to play a full part in society. We promote this @ HWP through the following:

  • Encouraging children to work co-operatively in the classroom and playground
  • Fostering a sense of community with common, inclusive values through assemblies, the PSHE curriculum, whole school events including JLT fundraising for the community, cultural celebrations, sponsored events, and regularly planned Learning Together events
  • Encouraging children to recognise and respect social differences and similarities
  • Providing children with opportunities to exercise leadership through a range of whole-school class responsibilities including Junior Leaders and ambassadors as well as Science, Eco, Digital, reading, attendance leaders and Well-Being Team.
  • Through our bespoke PSHE curriculum, tailored to meet our pupils' needs - helping them develop qualities which are valued by society, such as: thoughtfulness, honesty, respect for others, moral principles, independence, co-operation, self respect.
  • A range of mental health initiatives including stretch and breathe yoga provision and dedicated 'headspace' daily in main school.


Cultural Development – A child’s understanding of the beliefs, values and customs in their own and others social, ethnic and national groups. We promote this @ HWP through:

  • Celebrating the attitudes, values and traditions of diverse cultures
  • Participating in city-wide events such as cultural celebrations, Primary Parliament and Primary Cabinet representation and sports matches and competitions, through the curriculum, assemblies, school social events and visitors to the school
  • Recognising and nurturing particular gifts and talents through after school clubs, Enterprise projects,  our knowledge curriculum
  • Recognising and celebration of national events


Anti-Bullying Week


We have participated and supported Anti-Bullying week. We have thought carefully about the theme 'One Kind Word' and have worn odd socks to show our support.

Remembrance Day



Primary Parliament 


Year 5 and 6 Ambassadors and Eco Team have participated in Primary Parliament. The focus was on COP 26 and what we can do in the city to be greener. We created a 'Green Machine' that reused and recycled. We presented our machine to other schools and Nottingham Counsellors. 

Hello Yellow for World Mental Health Day 2021


We have celebrated World Mental Health Day by participating in Young Mind's Hello Yellow Day We have had a huge dance session on the playground and had a yellow lunch. Each class has focused on their well-being today though a series of lessons that focused on mental health.

Autumn 2021 Assembly Themes


  • Dogs Trust assembly 
  • Being grateful 
  • My personal best
  • Ambitions and aspirations 
  • European day of languages 
  • Harvest Festival 
  • Black History Month 

Children's Mental Health Day


We have dedicated a day to our well-being by participating in different aspects of learning that focus on the theme 'express yourself'. 


RSE Day 2021


We have participated in RSE Day 2021. The them was 'faces'. The whole school have spent the day focussing on healthy relationships. We have created self portraits to display in the hall to show all of the faces of HWP. Some of our work has been featured on the RSE day live stream. 

Summer 2021 Assembly Themes 


  • Ramadan 
  • Identity 
  • International Family Day 
  • Vesak 
  • Inspirational Artists 
  • World Oceans Day 
  • Respect 
  • Olympics 
  • Eid Al-Fitr

Autumn 2020

Diwali Celebration Day


Every class has been celebrating and discussing Diwali. Each class created rangoli in the atrium to decorate for the event. We also created diya lamps and used LED candles to light them up. Each class then had their own celebration amongst the lights and decorations. We participated in drama, listened to the story of Rama and Sita, practised some Bollywood dancing, created garlands and discussed who celebrates and when and why Diwali is celebrated. 

Children in Need

This week we have been participating in Five to Thrive as part of BBC Children in Need. The focus this year was all about children's mental health. We joined Joe Wicks for a work out to promote physical and mental well-being. We have had assembly in class and discussed the charity and who they help. 

Young Minds Hello Yellow - World Mental Health Day

In support of World Mental Health Day we have participated in Young Mind's Hello Yellow day. We have all worn yellow and fundraised for the charity. We have spent the day participating in learning and activities to promote mental well-being. We started with a big healthy breakfast and then had a yoga session, forest schools session and a resilience based session. We created a mental health chain. Every child wrote a piece of advice, mental health quote or kind saying to connect the chain. The chain symbolises that, although we can't all physically be together at the moment, we are all in this together. 

Autumn 20 assembly themes

- Recognising emotions 

- Sukkot 

- Goal setting 

- Children in Need

- Anti-Bullying week 

- Respectful relationships 

- International Human Rights Day 

- Hunukkah 

- The true meaning of Christmas 



Children's Mental Health Week


This week we have been supporting Children's Mental Health Week. The theme this year was 'Find you Brave'. Each class held a show and tell, focused around being brave. The children shared lots of wonderful moments where they 'found their brave'.

Spring 2020 Assembly Themes

- Bodi Day

-Emergency Services

-Children Mental Health


-Safer Internet Day

Autumn Term 2019


This half term:


  • Our very first while school Diwali celebration- parents learning together and after school celebrations/food and fireworks
  • Celebrating Hello Yellow Day with young minds
  • Our Harvest celebration with Chris collecting food for the local foodbank
  • Our regular work with Pastor Nathan from Arnold Road Evangelical Church


Our extra curricular provision is expanding with new clubs afterschool including:



Autumn 2019 Assembly Themes:

- Anti-Bullying Week

-Christmas around the World

-The general election

-European Languages Day



-Black History Month

Mother's Day


A lovely afternoon spent having tea and cakes with lots of mums who came into school to celebrate with their children.

Nottingham Police Visit


Nottingham Police have helped us learn more about staying safe. We had a fantastic assembly delivered to us. The children learnt all about how police dogs are used in investigations and how vital the dogs are as part of the police team.

Comic Relief


We have raised a fantastic £168 for comic relief. JLT held a cake sale and we sold red noses. Thank you to everybody that contributed towards this!

Spring Assembly Themes


- British Values


-JLT Updates

-Safer Internet Day

-Chinese New Year

-Water Assembly

-St Valentine

-Charles Dickens' Birthday

-Shared Beliefs

-Fair Trade

-Shared Values

-Road Safety

-World Book Day

-World Poetry Day


-Message of Easter





Assembly themes Autumn 2018


- Anti-Bullying Week

- New Beginnings

- Black History Month

- World Mental Health Day

- European Languages Day

- Harvest

- International day of Democracy

- Advent

- Children in need

- Diwali

- NSPCC Assembly

Autumn 2018: Christmas events @ HWP



Advent Service 2018


All children years 1-6 have attended an Advent Service at the church today. We sang a selection of Carols and children from each year group provided us with bible readings and information about Advent.

Anti-Bullying Week 2018


This week Henry Whipple have supported Anti-Bullying Week. This year the theme was choose respect. All classes have discussed the importance of this and have participated in activities to promote this. Here is a selection of the brilliant work produced by the children.

Children in Need - Family Celebration - 2018

Games of Remembrance Event

World War 1 Centenary Match at Notts County



All proceeds donated to our local food bank, supporting the community.



Recent Assembly themes:

  • The London Marathon - Determination and overcoming adversity
  • Lailat at Miraj - Prophet Mohammed's story
  • Vesak
  • Visit from Rev. Chris Easton
  • International Families Day
  • Christian Aid Week
  • Democracy in Action: Henry Whipple - Your Vote Counts! (ambassador launch)
  • What does Respect sound like / look like / feel like?
  • Ascension Day - instructions for us all
  • Resilience - Bounce Back Ability (Courage & Persistence)
  • Black History Month Celebration
  • Community Harvest
  • Keeping Safe - at school, home and in our community
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Taking personal responsibility
  • Aspirations (and how to 'achieve' them)

Summer term: Election time: Your Vote Counts!

We are busy preparing for our in-school Pupil Ambassadors election for September. Year 5 have completed their expressions of interest and these are currently being carefully considered by Mrs Burgess, Mrs Winter and Mr O'Leary.  Watch this space for the election campaigns to begin...

Check out our pictures with Councillor Webster

SMSC at Henry Whipple Primary

SMSC at Henry Whipple Primary


SMSC at Henry Whipple Primary

Parliament Day

SMSC at Henry Whipple Primary

Assembly - Respect

During assembly we discussed what `respect` means, how we can show it and why we should be respectful. We also spoke about our British Values which we should follow and be proud of. We discussed the impact of these on us. We delved deep with our thoughts.

Thank you to MP Graham Allen for visiting our school to support our British Values Week.

Your assembly really helped our children to understand about why it is important to vote and what Democracy means for us all in Britain today...

Our Pupil Ambassador Live Debates

Well done to all our candidates for preparing detailed answers to our debating questions in assemblies across Election Week...


Children answered then debated these questions:


  • What three qualities do you have for a Pupil Ambassador?
  • What is important to you to improve learning for children at our school?