Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh
POLICY FOR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
Live and Learn with Jesus.
We follow Jesus through fairness, kindness, love, friendship and happiness.
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we believe that everyone who interacts with pupils needs to be involved in promoting the pupils’ Spiritual Development. This policy outlines the purpose, nature and management of Spiritual Development at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. The school’s mission statement clearly reflects the importance of Spiritual Development.
Live and learn with Jesus.
We follow Jesus through; love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship.
The children will be enabled to further understand the school mission statement through work carried out to support the way they reflect on and follow Jesus in love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship in developing their spirituality.
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, we believe that Spiritual Development is concerned with how an individual acquires personal beliefs and values, especially on questions about religion, whether life has a purpose and the basis for personal and social behaviour questions which are ‘at the heart and root of existence’.
Spiritual education helps pupils to acquire insights into their personal existence which are of endearing worth. It is characterised by reflection, the attribution of meaning to experience, valuing a non-material dimension to life and intimations of an endearing reality. “Spiritual” is not synonymous with “religious” and so all areas of the curriculum may contribute to pupil’s Spiritual Development.
Promoting Pupils Spiritual Development
The school aims to promote pupils’ Spiritual Development by providing them with opportunities and encouragement to:
- follow the example of the life, words and actions of Jesus and understand how doing this affected the life, words and actions of the saints and other significant Christians
- explore the school mission to understand how to live out the values of love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship.
- experience awe and wonder - to be moved by creation and by excellence in human achievement
- engage in prayer, worship and reflection
- reflect - on themselves, others and life’s fundamental questions
- develop self-respect and respect for their environment
- exercise intellectual curiosity - testing their beliefs against others and exploring similarities and differences
- exercise imagination and intuition - in creative pursuits and in forming theories in their academic work and in daily life
- discuss and debate - insights, beliefs, ideas, emotions, feelings and experiences
- understand how to appreciate and care for the earth, our common home.
To achieve these aims the school will:
- provide and broad and balanced curriculum giving opportunities for spirituality in all subject areas – most notably in Religious Education, RSE, PSHE, Art, Music, Drama etc.
- use teaching methods that provide pupils, and staff, with the opportunity to share their feelings, opinions, emotions etc.
- enable children to use their imagination and be creative in all areas of the curriculum
- provide opportunities for children to experience life outside the classroom and appreciate the wonders of creation (residentials, retreat days, meditation with Fr Kieran and day trips)
- provide extra-curricular experiences for children to appreciate and develop their own gifts and talents therefore developing in self-confidence and esteem
- promote Catholic Social Teaching and follow the Pope’s guidance from ‘Laudato Si’
- have an agreed set of shared values, which the children and staff follow. (Seen in our Mission Statement and every classroom)
- provide quality experiences of Collective Worship which enable children to reflect on their lives and appreciate the presence of God
- invite a range of visiting speakers to share their life experiences e.g. overcoming adversity / challenge / diversity etc.
- ensure that work relating to Spiritual Development permeates the whole school and ensures our environment reflects our Catholic identity
- be aware of opportunities to discuss spiritual issues.
- promote Spiritual Development through actions, relationships, ethos/ climate, unspoken expectations and through the way adults interact with each other and pupils.
- respond appropriately to spiritual issues that arise in the work being carried out or as a result of something that happens in class or in the world around us.
Steps to Spiritual Development
The school believes that children’s spirituality will mature in line with their age stage and capability. The steps to show progress in Spiritual Development might include:
- developing a sense of the presence of God in their everyday lives and then having the opportunity and ability to reflect on and respond to that presence
- following the example of the life, words and actions of Jesus and understand how doing this affected the life, words and actions of the saints and significant Christians (Collective Worship, assemblies and R.E lessons)
- living out the school mission showing the values of love, fairness, happiness, kindness and friendship
- showing an awareness of the relationship between belief and action
- developing a sense of awe, wonder, reverence and imagination
- developing an awareness and respect of other faiths and beliefs
- becoming aware and respectful of how people of other faiths respond to the spiritual dimension of life
- recognising the existence of others as independent from oneself
- becoming aware of and reflecting on experience
- questioning and exploring the meaning of experience
- understanding and evaluating a range of possible responses and interpretations
- developing personal views and insights
Planning and Teaching
Developing the children’s spirituality is the responsibility of all staff and will be intrinsic in all areas of the curriculum. All pupils are encouraged in their Spiritual Development by being given opportunities to respond at their own level and so tasks, questions and challenges may be differentiated accordingly.
Aspects of Spiritual Development planning will be found in:
- Come and See planning
- Collective Worship Planning
- Assembly themes
- Planned Circle Time/PSHE activities
- Early Years Foundation Stage Planning
- Art, music, dance and other creative opportunities
- Science and Nature
Evidence of Children’s Spiritual Development
Formal assessment is clearly inappropriate in this area. However, the Head Teacher, Senior Management Team and R.E Subject Leader evaluate children’s Spiritual Development by the impact the school’s provision has on them and in the way they grow – in an age appropriate way – to:
- develop a sense of the presence of God in their lives
- reflect on and respond to God’s presence
- acquire knowledge of the life, words and actions of Jesus and understand how this affects behaviours in themselves and others
- reflect upon and find meaning in experience
- consider how the teachings the Church provide insights into the explanations for the fundamental questions of existence
- reflect on their own attitudes and values in the light of the Gospels and the teachings of the Church
- develop an imaginative sense of awe, wonder, respect and reverence
- develop a range, depth and quality of their prayer life- using different prayer styles with reverence
- become familiar and empathise with the life, words and actions of the saints and significant Christians
- learn that there is something beyond the material in life and value inward experience and consciousness
- become aware of how people of other faiths, religions or none respond to the spiritual dimension in life.
Adapted: Summer Term 2020 By T. Nice
Review Summer Term 2022