At St Martins C of E Primary school, “the pupils and their families can expect an RE curriculum that enables pupils to acquire a rich, deep knowledge and understanding of Christian belief and practice…”
The Church of England Education Office, Statement of Entitlement
Our curriculum is derived from the Devon and Torbay Agreed Syllabus, whilst maintaining the rich questions from the Understanding Christianity resource. As a Church of England school, the children learn about Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Humanism.
Our children’s spiritual development is a high priority within our school.
Ofsted describes pupils spiritual development as…
– Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise
– Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
– Use of imagination and creativity in their learning and willingness to reflect on their experiences
This fits entirely with our school ethos “To be the best we can be for ourselves, each other and God’s world.”
At St Martin’s we use David Smith’s idea of ‘Windows, Mirrors and Doors’ to support a child’s spiritual development.
Windows – Opportunities to look out on the world to gaze and wonder: The Wow and Ows moments. The things we find amazing and bring us up short. To encounter the learning about lives.
Mirrors – Giving opportunities for children to reflect, to look inward to consider some of the big questions of life: To explore their own insights and those of others.
Doors – Giving opportunities to children to respond, to do something to go through the door of a creative expression of their own thoughts and convictions.
Transformation: Learning to live by putting into action what they believe.
We also use the idea from Andrew Ricketts, to help explain spirituality. We use his metaphor of a doughnut. The outer ring of a doughnut represents the tangible (mind and body), whilst the empty hole in the middle represents the intangible (spirit), but without the hole it wouldn’t be a doughnut.
Each day, the children have time for reflecting and time for spirituality, through whole school, phase or class collective worship and Philosophy 4 Children discussions. We also promote spiritual development through the calm classroom resource.
Across the curriculum, opportunities for Spiritual Development are planned through hooks for learning, which are recorded on termly learning narratives.