Spratton CE Primary School

'Living and learning together, celebrating life in all its fullness' John 10:10

Spirituality

 

'Living and learning together, celebrating life in all its fullness' John 10:10

 

 

Our Christian Values

Friendship

Thankfulness

Peace

Courage

Perseverance

Hope

Forgiveness

Truthfulness and Trust

Respect and Responsibility

 

 

 

 

Spirituality is a powerful force that determines what we are, and our self-understanding. It forms the basis for successful relationships, and shapes our behaviour and outlook on life, others and the world.

 

Spiritual development relates to that aspect of inner life through which we acquire insight into our personal experiences, which are of enduring worth.

At Spratton Church of England Primary School the spiritual dimension is expressed through our strong Christian faith, and the recognition of the spiritual nature of mankind.

Our ethos enables and encourages all children to grow and flourish spiritually in many different ways, and opportunities to consider, discuss and reflect on our individual spirituality are built in to many daily aspects of school life including:

  • Our vision and values, demonstrating them in all aspects of our life
  • All four sections of our daily Collective Worship structure and associated liturgy: The Gathering, The Word, The Response, The Sending and the different Collect Worship formats: Celebration, Bible Stories, Open the Book, Inspirational People, Global Citizenship and Christian Stewardship. 
  • Daily ZenTen time
  • As part of our Five Ways to Wellbeing project and associated positive mental health and wellbeing approach, including the strands  'Take Notice' and 'Connect' especially
  • In curriculum lessons including RE, PHSCE, RHSCE, Geography, History and Forest School in particular give pupils the opportunity to build an informed and respectful understanding of a range of religions and worldviews and a safe space for pupils to discuss religious, spiritual and/or philosophical ideas. Our curriculum planning for RE demonstrates balance between theology, philosophy and human science.
  • Curriculum enrichment activities, including Expert-Ed LIVE!
  • Personal development, behaviour and attitudes, including self-awareness and our lived experiences
  • Our restorative approach to behaviour management  
  • Church School Council-led activities, including global citizenship, social action and charitable work
  • Demonstrating our spiritual development through courageous advocacy, social action and Christian stewardship:                                                                                                                                                          
  • Engaging with our school community and in whole school events 
  • The school's pupil and staff wellbeing agenda and action plans
  • Joining with other Christians to engage in spiritual development activities including: Collective Prayer 

 

         

 

    

 

It is our aim that the children’s individual spiritual development is fostered as an integral element of the range of learning opportunities and experiences they encounter as part of the curriculum, and that it permeates all strands of school life.

 

We recognise links between spirituality, religion and faith. We also recognise the strong influence relationships, connections and recognising the value in 'that which is outside of ourselves' on spiritual development and encourage children in their opportunities to explore this and its impact on the way the think, speak and act. 

 

Aims

The aims for spirituality at Spratton Church of England Primary School are:

  • To provide a context of faith, security and loving relationships to support each child’s spiritual search.
  • To foster the spiritual development of each child, regardless of age, sex, ability or cultural background.
  • To foster self-awareness and promote a feeling of self-worth.
  • To develop a set of values, principles and beliefs.
  • To develop positive human qualities.
  • To develop respect and empathy for other people and their beliefs.
  • To foster a respect for different people’s feelings and values and opportunities for all members of the school community to share their personal stories
  • To develop the children’s enthusiasm to explore and learn through enquiry and first hand experiences.
  • To enable the children to attribute meaning to experiences.
  • To enable the children to value the non-material dimension of life.
  • To foster reflection and stillness.
  • To foster a sense of meaning, purpose and direction in life.
  • To encourage imagination and creativity.
  • To encourage curiosity,  questioning, space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns, especially in response to 'Big Questions' 
  • To develop a sense of awe and wonder at the miracle of creation, life and the natural world.
  • To enable the children to experience a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others, and the world around them, including the intangible.
  • To share Christian and stories and respond to Christian festivals, rituals and symbols, particularly those from the Anglican tradition.

Spirituality is not taught discretely, but is an inherent interwoven part of all aspects of school life and is nurtured and promoted as a natural element of the curriculum.

                  

We make the following opportunities available, progressing in complexity and depth from EYFS to Y6, as an integral part of the school’s practice, in order to facilitate the development of spirituality:

  • To explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they impact on peoples’ lives.
  • Where children already have religious beliefs, to support and develop these beliefs in ways which are personal and relevant to them as an integral part of the school’s practice.
  • To engage in enquiry and exploration as part of experiential, first hand learning.
  • To look attentively and observe carefully.
  • To be creative and imaginative.
  • To listen with discernment.
  • To reflect and respond to issues in moments of quiet or inspired through music, art, text, film or artefacts.
  • To explore and develop what animates themselves and others.
  • To understand human feelings and emotions, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
  • To value what is good and worthwhile and to make value judgements through discussion and exchange of views.
  • To work collaboratively with peers, valuing the contribution made by others.
  • To respect all, as modelled by staff in their relationships with others.
  • To experience silent, calm and tranquil moments which afford time for reflection.
  • To work and live in harmony with others in the school and wider community.
  • To have confidence to express ideas, views and opinions, even if others do not agree.
  • To expand their thinking through exploring and discussing carefully selected stories, poetry and artefacts and their responses to them. 

Opportunities for spiritual development are presented or naturally arise, and are promoted in all aspects of the curriculum and school life. Our curriculum provides a wide range of experiential learning opportunities that enables them to question, consider, reflect and respond, and consider their own values, beliefs and feelings and those of others, including those of other children they are working alongside or with.

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'Living and learning together, celebrating life in all its fullness' John 10:10