The spiritual development of pupils is shown by their:
- Ability to be reflective about their own beliefs, religious or otherwise, that inform their perspective on life and their interest in and respect for different people’s faiths, feelings and values
- Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning
- Willingness to reflect on their experiences.
Where is this in Kings Furlong Junior School?
- RE lessons – the children explore concepts, contextualise the concept through religious beliefs and evaluate, reflect what they have learnt. What would a Christian, Hindu or Muslim feel about that concept? The children are given opportunities to explore religious beliefs and understand how this impacts people’s daily lives.
- Religious visitors, assemblies and visits to religious buildings. The children are taught to ask questions – why do they do that? What do I do that is similar? What if they weren’t allowed to do that?
- The reward system within the school develops a climate within which all pupils can flourish and achieve. This is recognised by all in class through merits for good work and good behaviour, smiley/mopey charts, work sent to SLT and within the whole school in celebration assemblies. A sense of achievement is encouraged.
- The ethos of the school is based on our Learning Behaviours. The children are taught to reflect on their daily learning by indicating at the end of pieces of work, how they feel they have coped with the new learning and any concerns they may have. The children, whatever their ability, are taught resilience to become risk takers through praise and reward. AFL at the beginning of lessons helps the children to see their achievements.
- Project based learning is developing creativity and teamwork in which the children enjoy sharing their end of project outcomes with family and the rest of the school.
- The school has Diploma Days where the children can choose new skills to learn.
- Art, DT, PE, Music and English, to name but a few, is taught so the children can explore and appreciate the wonders of our world and ask questions of themselves and others. The children reflect on their own lives and others’ through drama activities, artwork, and design products. Music concerts and plays are performed to audiences. Sports events are attended so children can develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
- Circle time enables the children to develop their understanding of themselves and explore new thinking, e.g why…? Awe and wonder. Each child is given the chance to comment therefore, developing their sense of self-worth.