Spiritual, Cultural, Moral and Social Education
Children’s spirituality is encouraged through a whole school culture of environmental awareness. As soon as children enter Nursery they are given the opportunity to grow produce in their own allotment. The outcome of this is that children have begun to become aware of their place in the world and the effect of their actions on the environment. The “wild environmental area” fosters their sense of wonder by giving them the chance to observe nature at work, for example through watching birds nest and eggs hatch in nesting boxes. It also teaches them to respect all forms of life and to understand that we have a duty of care towards all living things. Time is allocated throughout the week for children to be contemplative in order to encourage a sense of calm.
The Curriculum provides the opportunity to widen the cultural experiences of the pupils, with a focus on Christianity, Hinduism and Islam in RE. We have established links with schools in other countries in order to give the children more concrete experience of other cultures. This year we have established strong links with communities in Rwanda and are looking at the possibility of twinning with a school there. Visitors from religious organisations in Rwanda have visited school in order to support the school in its fundraising ventures.