Spiritual Awareness and Development
We encourage children’s Spiritual Development at Parklands by:
- giving learners the opportunity to explore values and beliefs, including religious beliefs, and the way in which they impact on peoples’ lives.
- encouraging children to explore and develop what animates themselves and others.
- giving children the opportunity to understand human feelings and emotions, the way they impact on people and how an understanding of them can be helpful.
- developing a climate or ethos within which all children can grow and flourish, enjoying individual liberty and mutual respect.
- accommodating difference and respecting the integrity of individuals, including tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
- promoting learning opportunities which value children’s questions, encourage deeper questions and give them space for their own thoughts, ideas and concerns.
At Parklands spiritual development helps children to begin to understanding themselves and others. Here are some of the ways we help to develop their Spiritual values:
- Our RE curriculum ensures children have a growing knowledge of different faiths.
- Key topics within the RE curriculum allow pupils to reflect on their beliefs (Y1- What is important to you? How do I know I’m being good? Y2- When do we cooperate? Do our actions speak louder than words?)
- Partner work and discussion used as key teaching strategies in RE, PSHCE and Circle Time.
- Questions are used to guide topics.
- Special assemblies focus on key religious events e.g. Chinese New Year, remembrance, Open the Book.
- Creating a sense of ‘awe and wonder’ through local visits and trips, forest schools, use of the Wildlife Garden
- Green Day takes place every year and encourages children to enjoy the world around them.