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Spiritual Development

Spirituality Our definition of Spirituality is: Spirituality - “Spirituality was generally viewed as enriching individuals in their understanding of and ability to relate to, others and of society as a whole”. Education for Adult Life (SCAA 1996) Many people assume that spirituality is to do with Religious Education (RE) or PSCHE and therefore it tends to be put into those boxes. However, the truth of the matter is that it should influence all areas of education and life. This is also clearly seen through our four key pillars:

· Love of Learning

· Love for oneself

· Love for each other

· Love of the world around us

It is also reflected through how we demonstrate our values of being: Happy, Respectful, Collaborative, Curious, Brave and Loving. Therefore, here at Steyning C of E Primary School, pupils are encouraged to:

· Ask big and challenging questions and seek fundamental answers

· Are inspired by our Vision and Values to achieve long term goals

· Are able to work against convention and show flexibility

· See connections between diverse things and are encouraged to be holistic in their view of the world

· Have an ethical life-style and are trustworthy

· Encouraged to show self-awareness and humility; put aside ego for the good of others

· Encouraged to grow in resilience and be brave

· To be courageous for others in social action We do this through: Physical Spaces: Such as our prayer tables in each class and in the hall for collective worship, displays, and our regular visits to our parish church St Andrews and St Cuthman’s. Subject Spaces: The links made between different subjects, the awe and wonder developed, and opportunities provided for children in every topic per half term. The focus on ‘enquiry’ based learning both in RE and through other subjects. Spiritual Spaces: The focus on creativity in all our learning, the opportunities given to working with artists, poets, authors and faith leaders. Collective worship with Buddy classes so children can look at big questions together and reflect and discuss. Moments of prayer, quiet and silence as a school and in class groups. Relational Spaces: We have created a sense of belonging, welcome and hospitality. We have explored our values and created a matrix of “I can” statements for every area of the school for every value and what we as staff must do to make that happen.