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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lewis

SMSC in Citizenship

Citizenship lessons play a crucial role in helping students understand the importance of social, moral, spiritual, and cultural (SMSC) values and how they apply to their daily lives. In these lessons, students are exposed to different aspects of SMSC and given opportunities to practise and develop their own understanding of these values. Here are a few examples of how SMSC can be incorporated into citizenship lessons:

Understanding different cultures: Citizenship lessons provide opportunities for students to learn about and appreciate the diversity of cultures within their community and beyond. Through discussions, research, and class activities, students can develop empathy and respect for others, regardless of their background or beliefs.


Discussions on moral and ethical issues: Citizenship lessons often touch upon moral and ethical issues, such as bullying, discrimination, and human rights. By encouraging students to express their opinions and engage in debates, teachers can help them develop their critical thinking skills and understanding of different perspectives.


Civic engagement: Citizenship lessons encourage students to become active and engaged members of their communities. For example, teachers can guide students in organising charity events, volunteering at local organisations, or advocating for social issues they care about. These activities help students understand the importance of civic engagement and how they can make a difference in their communities.


Understanding the democratic process: Citizenship lessons also provide opportunities for students to understand how democracy works and how they can participate in the democratic process. For example, teachers can encourage students to participate in mock elections, understand voting procedures, and learn about the role of government and political institutions.


Developing personal values: Citizenship lessons provide students with opportunities to reflect on their own personal values and beliefs. By exploring different perspectives and engaging in discussions on moral and ethical issues, students can develop their own moral and ethical compass.


These are just a few examples of how SMSC can be incorporated into citizenship lessons. By prioritising SMSC in these lessons, teachers can help students understand the importance of these values and how they can apply them to their daily lives.

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