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Spiritual Development at Ivington C.E. Primary and Pre-school

At Ivington Primary School we strongly believe that children are more likely to reach their potential if they are happy, have fun, feel nurtured and grow from a foundation of strong Christian values. Our aim is to equip children for life. As children develop their understanding of spirituality and values, they become more secure and happy with who they are and what they believe, confident enough to make mistakes and learn from them, moving on in their spiritual learning and academic growth. We are a highly inclusive school and welcome children from all faiths, cultures and any background.

Our children, governors and staff have been involved in writing our definition of spirituality.

Spirituality is awareness that there is something greater than we are. It is a connection with the wonder and energy of life, affecting the human spirit or soul. It is how we understand ourselves and our place in the world, living with meaning and purpose. Spirituality is evident in all that we do at Ivington and the natural instinct to explore and find meaning is nurtured, underpinned by our Christian values, to think theologically and explore ultimate questions.

We believe that there are four main elements: self; others; transcendence and beauty.

 

SELF

  • Awareness of feelings; ability to reflect and express

  • Awareness of our uniqueness; happiness with who we are

  • Gratitude for the things we have and the person we are

  • Exploration of personal faith

  • Development of imagination and creativity

    OTHERS

  • Empathy and understanding; respect, tolerance

  • To love and be loved (loving your neighbour)

  • Making a difference; duty

    TRANSCENDENCE (Beyond)

  • Encountering/experiencing God (having a sense of what lies beyond the material\physical)

  • Ability to formulate and discuss the ‘Big Questions’ (e.g. about life, death, suffering, nature of God)

  • Opportunities for prayer, connecting with God

  • Making sense of the world

    BEAUTY

  • Developing a sense of awe and wonder

  • Enjoying the miracles of everyday life

  • Taking time for what really matters

  • Appreciating beauty in art, music, nature

  • An appreciation of differences, different cultures and religions

     

     

     

     

Spirituality runs through our daily lives at Ivington C.E. Primary School

A sense of self-worth and the worth of others

Shared celebration CW, display boards, high expectations, self/peer marking, celebrating birthdays, Christian values of tolerance, love and respect, encourage children to accept when things go wrong and make a mends.

A sense of others as feeling, thinking people

Relationships, resolving conflicts, mutual respect, caring for each other – ‘Buddies’, circle time, worship, Christian values, staff modelling, global links, understanding of different cultures and religion ( Links with Tanzania)

A sense of choice, decision making and personal responsibility

Group work, School Council, buddy system, prefects, sports captains, digital leaders, self- evaluation

A sense of life’s joys and achievements

Weekly celebration, squash and biscuits with the head teacher, star of the week board, newsletter, golden tickets, sticker books, class reward systems, golden time, collective worship

A sense of there being more to life than meets the eye

Reflections, stories during CW, Christian symbols, breaking the bread, RE lessons, relationships

A sense of the mystery of life

Curriculum, RE, reflection corners, nature area, prayer space, visits to sacred places, multicultural visits

A sense of enquiry and open mindedness

RE lessons, circle times, show and tell, Christian values of tolerance and respect, British values, themed days/weeks

A sense of disappointment and failure, suffering and pain

Understanding of communion, Holy week and the life of Jesus, loss of family members/pets, National and international news, lives of significant figures explored during collective worship, such as, Martin Luther King, circle time, awareness of and support of charities, visiting local care homes, supporting charities, disasters in the news

A sense of silence and reflection

CW, Quiet areas, reflection spaces, prayer spaces, weekly prayer meetings, remembrance service led by the older children, observation of 2 minutes silence for whole school, professional development time for staff to reflect on practice – support from behaviour support team, emotion coaching

A sense of love for the outdoors

Adventure playground, offsite visits, residential trips – Pembrokeshire, York, London, mile a day, Y6 camping, nature area, cross country club, three counties show, seasonal visits to local farm, forest school club

A sense of awe and wonder

After school clubs, holiday club, singing, residential and field trips, school fayres, fetes, collective worship, visits to sacred places, Zoolab, Global links,

A sense of pattern, sequence and order

Maths, science, music, dance, the arts, Christian year collective worship, school routines, creative curriculum, a school week-timetables, behaviour policy