Bewcastle School

Successful learning in a happy environment

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education


At Bewcastle School, our whole curriculum encompasses aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education.

Over the past few months, these are some of the experiences and activities that our children have had the opportunity to take part in. They are woven into the fabric of school life.

SPIRITUAL: Worship in Bewcastle Church; Visiting and performing in Carlisle Cathedral; Worship and Singing in the URC at Bewcastle; Daily collective worship led by school staff, with a Christian emphasis; Weekly collective worship led by our two vicars; Daily whole school story time in the library led by school staff; Exploration and wonder of the natural world by gardening in the poly tunnel, with a parent leading the development of our school garden.

MORAL: Outstanding daily behaviour; Enthusiastic attitude to learning and readiness to learn; Care and consideration for others through fundraising (Macmillan cancer research, UK cancer research, Cumbria air ambulance, Comic Relief, British Heart Foundation, Unicef, Save the Children); Care and consideration for others within school - eg clearing and helping at lunch times; Learning about values through the curriculum and collective worship - eg Respect, concern for others, moral behaviour etc.; learning about the importance of inclusion for all - wheelchair basketball sessions and fundraising.

SOCIAL: Community lunches - welcoming and caring for visitors; Taking part in 'Bewcastle's Got Talent' at Roadhead hall; Holding a mini 'General Election' at school; welcoming our local MP, Rory Stewart; writing to the Prime Minister and MP as part of the 'Send my friend to school' campaign; Working cooperatively with other schools (every Friday last term we welcomed the pupils and staff of Lees Hill school); Swimming in our pool both in school time and out of school with friends; Taking part in community groups, such as scouts and playgroup; Sponsored walk to Bewcastle church to raise money for our school pool; Understanding the importance of staying safe, including online; taking part in sporting activities, such as those at Grasmere Show, Lanercost cross country and football tournaments.

CULTURAL: Taking part in local and national agricultural shows and winning prizes (eg for 'young handler'); Welcoming visitors from other countries (eg Nepal); Theatre visits (Manchester, Keswick and Newcastle); putting on theatrical productions (eg 'Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat'); entering the Wordsworth 200 anniversary poetry prize; Y6 achieving the Arts award and performing at the Alhambra in Penrith; taking part in Transition choir activities (multimedia at Rheged, Penrith); taking part in an outdoor, camping residential - experiencing fell walking, sailing, raft building and put up their own tents; taking part in activities for 'Shakespeare week'; Taking part in 'Send my friend to school' campaign for global education; taking part in sporting activities with other schools, including the local secondary school.