Charlton Church of EnglandPrimary School ‘Transforming lives through God’s embrace'

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Whole School Overview

Aspects of Spirituality – Whole School Overview

As a staff, we have identified where opportunities to explore the different facets of spirituality can be found in our school and in our wider curriculum. We have worked closely with Liz Pettersen, who has helped to frame our vision for Spirituality across our school.


What is Spirituality?

(attrib. Elizabeth Pettersen)

Whole School Opportunities

World and Beauty:

Awe, Wonder and Mystery


Being inspired by the natural world, mystery or human achievement.


Bible Verses:

‘That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ’

Colossians 2:2


‘The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy.’

Psalm 65:8

  • Outdoor learning curriculum: Connaught Park, river work and For Burgoyne
  • Geography, Science, Number – links to real life
  • Literacy – Poetry / texts
  • Sex Education / Life cycles
  • Mystery of number
  • Unanswerable questions / questioning
  • Intrigue and curiosity
  • RE – specific links
  • Children’s questioning – ‘I wonder’ questions
  • Unanswerable/ ‘big’ questions allow opportunity to reflect & explore
  • Everywhere – small things and big things
  • Element of discovery
  • Use of all senses
  • Awareness of world
  • IT innovations
  • Visitors to school
  • Visits to churches and other places of worship
  • School trips and visitors




Why me?


Search for meaning and purpose – asking ‘why me?’ at times of hardship and suffering; reflecting on the origins and purpose of life; responding to challenging experiences of life such as beauty, suffering and death.


Bible Verse:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’

Proverbs 3:5-6



  • E.g. bereavement or illness; pets dying or ill; flowers, leaves; Jesus Disasters – earthquakes, tsunami, bombings, floods, famine, drought
  • Adults and children leaving
  • Circle time / speaking and listening / show and tell
  • Higher order questioning / topic questions
  • Teaching for Mastery maths
  • Encourage time to ask questions or conduct own research
  • Self-evaluation / assessment Interfaith Learning Days /
  • Appreciating other people’s points of view
  • Inference through reading




An awareness of oneself in terms of thoughts, feelings, emotions, responsibilities and experiences; a growing understanding and acceptance of individual identity.


Bible Verse:

‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’

Romans 12:2

Circle time

  • History / Science / Stories / RE
  • UNICEF – Rights Respecting Schools
  • Supporting charities
  • Emotional resilience
  • Mental health and well-being: policy and practice Christian values encouraging empathy and compassion
  • Current affairs
  • Child protection / safeguarding
  • High expectations in all things and a positive attitude to ‘failure’; we learn at the point at which we fail.
  • Referring to children as working ‘towards the expected standard’, ‘at the expected standard’ and ‘at greater depth within the expected standard’ (removing reference to lower, middle, upper ability in all stakeholder’s vocabulary)
  • Behaviour choices in and out of classroom
  • Sports Crew and School Ambassadors
  • Worship Leaders
  • PE
  • Group / Team work
  • Play
  • Home Learning
  • Self-evaluation in learning
  • Librarians
  • Buddy System






Recognising and valuing the worth of each individual; developing a sense of community; the ability to build up relationships with others.


Bible Verses:

‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.’

Colossians 3:12


‘Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.’

Ephesians 4:32




  • Relationships with others – playtime, all times throughout day Resolving conflicts as they happen – restorative action Sharing, giving in, taking turns, respecting, working in pairs / groups Inclusion / SEN
  • Respect for each other – unique and special Allowing time to think / feel
  • Caring for each other’s feelings
  • Circle Time / Worship Time
  • Christian values
  • Mutual support and care for staff
  • Community / charity work


Feelings and emotions

The sense of being moved by beauty or kindness; hurt by injustice or aggression; a growing awareness of when to it is important to control emotions and feelings, and how to learn to use such feelings as a source of growth.


Bible Verse:


‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

Proverbs 8:28




  • Encouraging children to imagine how it would feel to be hurt /suffering Drama / role play
  • Open the Book RE visits
  • Inclusion / SEN / Accessibility
  • Use opportunities as they arise
  • Social stories
  • Learning buddies
  • Good sportsmanship promoted
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Worship times / songs
  • Global school links – UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools


Experiencing feelings of transcendence

Feelings which may give rise to belief in the existence of a divine being or the belief that one’s inner resources provide the

ability to rise above everyday experiences.



God is both further from us, and nearer to us, than any other being.

– C.S. Lewis


Bible Verse:

‘Glory to God in the Highest

And on earth peace among men’

Luke 2:14

  • Using the language of ‘God’, ‘prayer’ etc.
  • Stilling
  • Imagination
  • Reflection - I wonder …. Not always an answer
  • Stories
  • Relationships
  • Prayer
  • Art work e.g. remembrance, reflective art linked to RE
  • RE visits
  • Cathedral Schools Day
  • Ideally everywhere and anywhere
  • Outdoor learning curriculum
  • Assessment for learning informing lesson planning Worship time / personal connection with God Listening
  • Quiet / calm working environments
  • Teaching skills that allow time to think / respond / evaluate
  • A calm / colourful / stimulating school environment
  • Prayer places – in library / classroom reflection areas
  • GIVE CHILDREN TIME and silence; teachers too
  • Staff room
  • music
  • Play Therapy
  • ELSA support work