Spirituality at Beechcroft St Paul's
We strongly believe in the spiritual development of all children and seek to ensure spirituality is woven into daily life through educating the whole child in fullness across broad, rich curriculum opportunities. Spiritual development is not specific to one curriculum area or activity. Our curriculum drivers (communication, aspiration, spirituality and environment) offer a CASE for our curriculum, acting as the backbone for our ongoing curriculum development. We are moving towards enquiry based learning, where each class will investigate a range of ‘Big Questions’ throughout the year, from Land of the dinosaurs – what clues are there? in year 1 to How does Islam’s past and present influence our lives? in year 6. Throughout this question-led approach to learning, opportunities for spiritual development are woven in.
Our belief about spiritual development can best be captured in our spirituality curriculum driver statement:
Our children need to understand themselves and take ownership of their thoughts and emotions. We will nurture all children, who through their learning and reflection can ‘still’ themselves. Our children will take an interest and delight in the world around them; they will be open to what lives beyond the material, which may manifest itself in faith. They will understand that differences between people should be celebrated and learned from. Our children will want to question the world around them in increasingly sophisticated and articulate ways and will seek to answer big questions.