Children’s spirituality is a delicate flower that all too often struggles to survive. It both deserves and needs the special tender loving care that we are in a position to offer. – David Holmes, 2021
Spirituality at Skidby C of E Primary School is not a word, nor a feeling- it’s about the whole. We value it as an essential part of the pupil and staff in our school family, and the education of their wholeness. We want our children and adults to grow together, developing not in isolation, but thriving with one another. Throughout our curriculum, we provide rich and planned opportunities to develop socially and emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually in order to flourish and achieve their potential. It is our responsibility to give members of our school community opportunities to cultivate spirituality through understanding themselves, others, beauty and the world and beyond. ‘Rooted and established in love’ – Ephesians 3:17-19
The aims for spirituality at Skidby Primary School are:
- To provide a context of faith, security and loving relationships to support each child’s spiritual search.
- To foster the spiritual development of each child, regardless of age, sex, ability or cultural background.
- To foster self-awareness and promote a feeling of self-worth.
- To develop a set of values, principles and beliefs.
- To develop positive human qualities.
- To develop respect and empathy for other people and their beliefs.
- To foster a respect for different people’s feelings and values.
- To develop the children’s enthusiasm to explore and learn through enquiry and first hand experiences.
- To enable the children to attribute meaning to experiences.
- To enable the children to value the non-material dimension of life.
- To foster reflection and stillness.
- To foster a sense of meaning, purpose and direction in life.
- To encourage imagination and creativity.
- To develop a sense of awe and wonder at the miracle of creation, life and the natural world.
- To enable the children to experience a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others, and the world around them, including the intangible.
- To share Christian stories and respond to Christian festivals, rituals and symbols.