Spirituality Statement

This statement is underpinned by the school’s vision and values:

Be happy: aspire, believe, achieve

Happiness is… the feeling you get when you help others and contribute to the world; when you work hard at something that was difficult to begin with; when you feel safe, cared for and respected; when you feel confident in your uniqueness and know where you are going.

Philippians 4:13

 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

What is Spirituality?

We believe spirituality is an ongoing, reflective journey which looks to explore our relationships and connections between ourselves, others, the world and beyond.

The Church of England’s Vision for Education states a core desire that children will experience life in all its fullness (John 10:10).

At Croft Church of England Primary school, Happiness is at the heart of our curriculum.

We believe that happiness is… the feeling you get when you help others and contribute to the world; when you work hard at something that was difficult to begin with; when you feel safe, cared for and respected; when you feel confident in your uniqueness and know where you are going.

As part of our vision, we aim to nurture each individual child by supporting their whole character. We aim to deliver an education that provides pupils with rich opportunities to explore and develop their own values, beliefs, and spiritual awareness.

We provide high-quality opportunities for pupils and adults to develop their spirituality, including:

  • A high-quality sequential religious education, in which Christianity is central but also provides opportunities for pupils to learn about the teachings of world religions and worldviews and the impact beliefs have on the lives of others.
  • Engagement with biblical texts and theological ideas.
  • Through displays and reflection areas.
  • Inclusive and meaningful Collective worships which encourage personal reflection.
  • Opportunities for celebration, stillness, prayer, and song.
  • Strong links with the local community and St. Peter’s Church.
  • Opportunities for children to develop their enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection skills across the curriculum.
  • Learning about British values.
  • Wider curriculum opportunities to experience awe and wonder.
  • Children being leaders and having responsibilities.
  • Opportunities for children to take part in Forest schools’ activities and outdoor learning.
  • Time to reflect on how our learning impacts our place in the world.
  • Reflection Journals focused on our chosen Christian values using the symbols:
    • Doors – to look ahead and think about growth
    • Windows – to look outwards and learn from experience
    • Mirrors – to look inwards and reflect
  • Charity fundraising events (local and the wider world).

We believe spiritual development enables our children to:

Be happy; aspire, believe, achieve.