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’.
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. This was the starting point for our SMSC overview which you can read in the SMSC curriculum section.
Each half term a Spirituality question is posed to the children to help them reflect on themselves and the world around them.