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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural.

At Birchwood we develop SMSC in many different ways, including through the experiences outlined below. For more evidence of SMSC please look through our Twitter feed.



School/Eco Council meets on a fortnightly basis and feedback to the rest of the school the following week in a whole school assembly (that the school council lead).  A big question is set by the School Council that is later debated in the classrooms and responses are placed into the green book.  The responses are discussed as agenda items in the next meeting.

Two minutes of silence at 11.00am on Remembrance Day

Use of the Suffolk RE Syllabus to learn about and from 6 major religions, including Christianity

KS2 Carols around the tree

Forest School - fascination in learning about themselves and the world around them

Christmas and Easter experiences for all year groups at St. Michaels Church



Food For Life (FFL), teaches our children the ‘seed to plate’ food philosophy.  The produce the children grow in the school garden, fruit trees and vegetable plots are central to the Seed-to-Plate project.  Starting with seeds, the children nurture young plants and harvest the crops before learning how to make good use of them. Planting is linked to other aspects of the children’s studies.

The Food Policy seeks out all stakeholders views.  Children, parents and staff vote on ‘healthy snacks’ for playtimes and drinks for lunchtime to inform policy.

Our Eco Council leads the school to a deeper understanding of the effect we can have on our local, national and global environment (e.g. central school recycling area, ‘Phil the Bag’, stamps for the Hospice, visit the recycling centre in Great Blakenham, regular litter picks, water butt collection, Eco Conferences led by our children to Council departments and other Primary Schools, Greenest County Event, Belstead House presentation CPD for teachers in Suffolk, themed assemblies, solar thermal presentations, recycled Christmas tree decorations and school uniforms for bunting, achieving grants for the Bike and Sail Shelters).

Junior Road Safety Officers

Switch off fortnight

Energy month/Green Day

Each class shares the BART rules to ensure the school is a happy, safe and nurturing place to learn for everyone, recognising the differences between right and wrong

School council book sales

Pupil consultation regarding annual behavioural policy update to ensure pupils are fully aware of the consequences of their behaviour and actions

Our philosophy teaching gives pupils opportunities to offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and understand and respect the viewpoints of others



By inviting parents, families, friends and the local community to see the school in action

Inter school sporting fixtures and tournaments

Parent helpers with reading, maths, trips etc

Termly parent ‘Learning Together’ sessions

Parent Information Sessions run for all year groups (e.g. phonic acquisition, maths calculation strategies, 1:1 reading training, Learning Platform access and use)

Weekly Celebration Assemblies

Birchwood annual music festival (including the presentation of Musician of the Year)

Birchwood annual dance festival (and appearances for Hip Hop Club at Dance East)

Annual ‘Birchwood’s Got Talent’ – classes vote on 2 acts to put through to the final

Y6 Breakfast Club funded by the PTFA during SATs week

School Council visits to other schools to support project decision making (e.g. Katie’s Garden, Bike Shelter, Play equipment, chickens)

Ipswich Community Garden Link

Y2 Potato planting with other primaries at Trinity Park

The school has been fortunate to develop a close relationship with Suffolk Food Hall and has close links with a farm in Pettistree.

Farmers Market - volunteering and cooperating well with others



Class RE learning about Family, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam

Rec/KS1 Christmas nativity

Our Wheel of Wisdom Curriculum – South America, The Wild West, Celebrations (Diwali, Harvest, the Gun Powder Plot, Hanukah)

Weekly singing assemblies, singing worship songs

Whole School Art Gallery Sale to parents

PTFA Christmas Card project

Specialist dance teaching

Foreign Language teaching of Mandarin EYFS-Y6.

Pupils demonstrate their willingness to participate in the many musical, sporting, cultural opportunities offered to them