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Spirituality at St. John's

Spiritual Development is the Heart Beat of Our Curriculum

 

At St. John’s CE we believe children live up to their potential if they are happy, have fun, feel nurtured and grow from a foundation of strong Christian Values. We value spirituality and the holistic development of the child. We fully embrace the National Curriculum by “promoting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.” Our role as educators is to guide the children in our care along the path of life.

 

“We touch spirituality when we encounter an experience on life’s journey that causes us to reflect on the deeper things of life, its meaning and our purpose within it, and as a consequence our lives are transformed.” Jon Westwood.

 

As children grow in their understanding of spirituality and values are embedded they become secure enough to make mistakes and therefore move on with their spiritual learning and academic growth.

 

At St. John’s-

Spirituality is about being aware of yourself and the world around you

Spirituality is about the 'wow' factor

Spirituality is about values and beliefs - the big questions

Spirituality is about emotions

 

Spirituality is the heart beat of our school. It is how we understand ourselves and our place in the world: recognising strengths, weaknesses and having the confidence to challenge ourselves. We care for the local and global community and our Christian values underpin our learning and encourage our children to ask and answer ‘big questions’.

 

To support children's spiritual journey we have three openings-

Staff, governors, parents, members of church and The Lighthouse Crew were all involved in a workshop where we discussed Spirituality and came up with a list of all the ways we encourage and develop Spirituality in our school. 

 

 

Each half term a Spirituality question is posed to the children to help them reflect on themselves and the world around them.

This week the children have been involved in transition. Year 6 have vivited their new schools, our children have spent the afternoon with their new teachers in their new classes and our new reception children came for their 'Stay and Play' session taking home with them their very own SJT bear to spend the summer with them. What an exciting week!
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