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Spirituality, Moral, Social and Cultural Development Policy

ACCRINGTON BENJAMIN HARGREAVES CE (VA) PRIMARY SCHOOL

SPIRITUAL, MORAL, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY

March 2017

 

MISSION STATEMENT

We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment, where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian Faith.

 

INTRODUCTION

This policy is based on the School’s Trust Deed and Mission Statement.

Benjamin Hargreaves is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School.

We seek to provide a caring, supportive learning environment which:

  • will introduce children to Anglican Christian prayer and worship as an integral part of School life;
  • promote understanding and awareness of other World faiths;
  • encourage caring, thoughtful and respectful relationships;
  • provide a supportive environment where children can develop self-confidence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility;
  • seek to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development (recognising the uniqueness of each) of our pupils, in a Christian context;
  • create a positive interaction between School/home, St. Paul’s Church and the wider community.

 

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Benjamin Hargreaves Church of England School seeks to promote spiritual development within a context of Christian beliefs, values and worship, and to provide pupils with opportunities to explore the Christian Faith and develop a personal relationship with God.

The School therefore aims to give pupils:

  • a set of Christian beliefs and values by which to live;
  • a sense of transcendence – that there is more to life than ‘meets the eye’, more than a physical or material existence;
  • an awareness of order, pattern, meaning and purpose in the World – leading towards an understanding that for Christians, creation is a revelation of God’s loving purposes;
  • a capacity for awe, wonder and mystery, an awareness of uncertainty and paradox;
  • a sense of personal identity and self-worth and of all others as created in God’s image;
  • self-knowledge, and an awareness and growth of feelings, emotions and imagination;
  • an understanding of Christian teaching on life and death, on suffering, grief and loss;
  • an awareness of God’s love and care for them personally;
  • an understanding of the Christian belief of Jesus as Saviour.

 

The School sets out, therefore to provide opportunities in collective worship and throughout the Curriculum and life of the School for pupils to:

  • be quiet and reflect on life and the World and develop an awareness of God;
  • become familiar with traditional forms of Christian prayer and worship including Christian religious festivals;
  • become familiar with the St Paul’s Church building;
  • give thanks to God for their creation, preservation, salvation and the promise of eternal life;
  • use a variety of prayer forms and techniques;
  • use their own prayers;
  • question, explore, discuss and give an account of their own beliefs;
  • understand and evaluate Christian and other faiths’ interpretations and responses to life;
  • use their gifts of imagination and creativity;
  • explore and express feelings and emotions;
  • develop respect for others as independent, thinking, feeling people;
  • face difficult or distressing matters in a context of loving Christian teaching and support.

 

Spiritual Development has to take place in a particular context, in our case, that of Christian belief and practice. Christian spiritual development shares features with other forms of spirituality in that it is concerned with coming to know ourselves, learning to reflect on experiences, exploring important questions of how to live and treat others, and so reaching a set of beliefs and values by which to guide our lives. Its distinctiveness, most importantly, consists in its capacity through a context of Christian worship, life and teaching, to offer opportunities for all in our School community to develop a personal relationship with God through Jesus.

 

Spiritual development in a Christian context is only possible when there is growth of the whole person. It therefore forms the basis for the other three areas of moral, social and cultural development.

 

MORAL DEVELOPMENT

  1. School aims to develop in pupils a moral stance which is based on Christian ideals of love, justice, peace, truth, compassion, forgiveness and redemption based on recognition of others as created in the image of God. We seek to develop in pupils a clear understanding of all these values and enable them to put them into practice in their life in and out of School. The School will seek to ensure that adult relationships in School set the best possible Christian example. We believe that both adults and pupils can be helped to live out these Christian values through the action of the Holy Spirit.

 

It is insufficient for children simply to conform to an imposed set of Christian standards. The School therefore aims to provide opportunities for pupils through the Curriculum and School life to:

  • develop an understanding of right and wrong;
  • develop an understanding of the need for shared values and accepted rules of conduct in School and the community;
  • develop self-discipline and a loving concern for others;
  • understand links between behaviour and beliefs, including the teachings of the Gospel;
  • stand up for and put into practice our Christian values despite external pressures.

 

In order to achieve this, children need to develop the following habits and skills:

  • appreciate the feelings and concerns of others;
  • develop and sustain relationships;
  • reflect on questions of right and wrong and on their own values;
  • discuss their own beliefs and feelings;
  • listen with respect to the views and opinions of others;
  • discuss and debate issues rationally and sensitively;
  • exercise care and responsibility for others.

 

The School seeks to recognise and affirm good conduct, commitment and service to others through its reward system and through celebration and thanks in the context of collective worship.

 

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

In accordance with Christian belief, the School sets out to foster the commitment and ability to live and work with others, to share resources and to show concern and responsibility for others in School and the wider community. Classroom management will seek to promote group co-operation and mutual responsibility. Children will be pointed to the value and importance of working, playing and praying together.

 

The School sets out to offer a wide range of educational, social, sporting and extra-curricular activities to all its members. Responsible leadership roles will be encouraged in a range of activities, including extra-curricular.

 

Social skills are developed through a full range of activities in School so that children will become polite, tactful and confident.

 

Children are encouraged to participate in and contribute to the life of the Church and the community. Social achievement and service to Church or community are recognised and celebrated in School.

 

The School’s programme of fund-raising, the way funds are raised and the Christian, charitable and other causes chosen contributes to developing the habit of care and support for those in need. Pupils are given the opportunity to choose charities the School should support and to take an active part in planning and carrying out fund-raising.

 

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

The School aims to broaden children’s horizons by introducing them to a range of cultural activities and experiences, by building up an appreciation of their own cultural heritage and traditions and introducing them to examples of the variety of cultures, beliefs and ways of life. At the same time the School will seek to emphasise and express its Christian foundation, values, beliefs and way of life.

 

The planned programme includes the following:

  • experience and appreciation of the rich heritage and range of cultures/faiths in Britain in particular through English, Drama, History, RE, Music, Art and Sport;
  • educational visits to museums, events and places of religious, cultural and historic interest.

 

The School sets out actively to promote mutual respect and harmony between different racial and ethnic groups.

 

Review date: April 2020

 

 

Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh to love a pray

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • Benjamin Hargreaves C.E. Primary School Voluntary Aided,
  • Barnfield Street, Accrington,
  • Lancashire BB5 2AQ
  • | Phone: 01254 232130