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St Mark’s Primary School

SMSC Calendar 2022/23



SMSC is the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development of the children in our school.  The SMSC curriculum can be described as the ‘hidden curriculum’, it is all the things that we do at St Mark’s to build up children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, thoughts and experiences.    It is not taught as an isolated lesson, instead it may be part of PE, RE, PSHCE.  It is woven into our school values and part of our school’s ethos. 


At St Mark’s we want to generate confident, responsible and well-rounded people who have an aspiration for self-improvement.  We understand that all that all pupils need to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally.  This development allows them to make sense of the world. 


Our highly engaging curriculum helps pupils develop and informed and balanced view on world events, beliefs and values of others.  We make every effort to prepare our pupils for their future when becoming respectful individuals, life-long learners and active citizens in a modern British society.





SMSC Value


September 10th

World First Aid Day


A day to raise global awareness about the importance of first aid.

October 3rd

Black History Month


To raise the importance of cultural diversity and to promote knowledge of black history, culture and heritage.

October 4th

Harvest Festival


To understand the importance of harvest and learn ways in which we can support those in need.

October 10th

World Mental Health Day


A day dedicated to promoting the understanding of mental health, education, awareness and advocacy.

October 24th

Festival of Diwali


To be accepting of diversity and culture.

November 5th

Guy Fawkes Night


An annual event held in the UK to commemorate the discovery and prevention of the gunpowder plot.

November 11th

Remembrance Day


To remember all the people who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.  It’s also called Armistice Day or Poppy Day.

November 14th – 18th

UK Parliament Week


To enrich the curriculum by teaching children about Parliament.  This will help children learn about citizenship and democracy as part of their personal development.

November 14th – 18th

Anti-Bullying Week


To embrace and celebrate the differences and similarities that make us special.  To highlight the ethos of kindness and to create responsible caring citizens.

November 16th – 22nd

Road Safety Week


To promote all aspects of road safety.  This includes safe roads, safe vehicles and safe speeds.




To develop tolerance to the beliefs of others.  To reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  To learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

December 8th

Christmas Jumper Day


The festive Christmas Jumper Day is an annual event to raise money for the charity Save the Children and an awareness

January 22nd

Chinese New Year


To understand and accept diversity across the world.

February 1st -28th

LGBT + History Month


LGBT + History Month is a month-long annual celebration and remembrance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history of gay rights, which is also related to civil rights movements.  The main aims of the month are to promote equality and diversity.

February 6th – 12th

Children’s Mental Health Week


To understand the importance of looking after our metal health using the 5 ways of wellbeing.

February 7th

Safer Internet Day


To reinforce the E-Safety message and to ensure that children are taught the skills to respond to online dangers effectively.

February 21st


International Mother Language Day


International Mother Language Day is celebrated to raise awareness of language, cultural diversity and multilingualism around the world.

March 2nd

World Book Day


To raise awareness of the Literacy books from the past and present.  To promote the enjoyment gained from books.

March 21st – 27th

Neurodiversity Celebration Week


An opportunity for pupils and teachers to learn more about neurodiversity and for neurodiverse pupils to develop a more positive perception of their own unique neurodiverse traits and skills.

April 22nd

Eid al Fitr


To learn how different religions celebrate festivals.  To develop tolerance towards different beliefs.

April 23rd

St George’s Day


To raise awareness of why St George’s Day is celebrated in England.

May 13th – 20th

Mental Health Awareness Week


To raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems.  It seeks to inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for everyone.

May 21st

World Day for Cultural Diversity


An opportunity to help communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony.

June 5th

World Environment Day


UN day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

June 12th – 17th

Healthy Eating Week


To promote awareness of things that we can do to lead healthy lives.

June 19th – 25th

World Refugee Week


Encourages open conversation about why people end up displaced and explains the challenges they face when seeking safety.