Matthew 5:14 - 'You are the light of the World.'
At Oakmeadow CE Primary and Nursery School we take very seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We value all pupils and families and undertake a variety of events and lessons to celebrate and explore these alongside other cultures in our country. We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts. Our cross curricular approach provides excellent opportunities to deepen and develop understanding whilst developing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education of our children. The school makes considerable efforts to ensure children have exposure to a wide experience beyond their local community during which these concepts are shown, through for example, sporting events, a range of visits and use of outdoor education centres. Their strong rooted values based understanding gives them an excellent platform for embracing difference. At Oakmeadow, we value the voice of the child and promote democratic processes such as our school council whose members are voted for by the children. Ideas and events are planned and discussed with a chance for debate and putting forward points of view.
As a Church of England Primary School, we have a clear commitment to promoting a strong Christian ethos within the school. The school has Voluntary Controlled status which means that admission to the school is not dependent on any Christian commitment. We are delighted that the school represents the wide range of different faiths and perspectives of our local community.
Daily acts of worship (assemblies) are held for all children. These acts of worship provide opportunities for children to participate in collective worship and to celebrate work and achievements. The acts of worship are led by the headteacher, members of staff and our Vicar, Rev Hubbard and his team. They will include a wide variety of activities in which children and adults participate. At different times during the year the children will visit our local church to take part in a variety of services including Harvest Festival and a Christmas Carol Concert.
Children are given responsibility across school and are fully involved in all aspects of school life.
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Fundamental to our ethos at Oakmeadow is that children who are part of our school community are offered an education that embraces excellence and achievement within the wider framework of spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development.
So what does spiritual development mean for us at Oakmeadow?
We believe that spiritual development is not something we can define solely through our curriculum of RE or PSHE or even through SMSC. We believe it should influence all areas of education as it does areas of life.
‘If the spiritual is properly and fully addressed, the moral, social and cultural will fall into place more easily’.
We believe spirituality is to do with our relationships with others and for believers, with God. It is to do with identity and our responses to challenging experiences such as death, suffering and our encounters with good and evil. It is to do with the search for meaning and purpose in life and for values by which to live.
We promote spirituality through:
- Exploring their beliefs and those of others which may inform their perspective on life
- Respecting others feelings and values
- Cultivating an interest in alternative beliefs and values
- Creating a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them, including the intangible
- Using creativity and imagination in their learning
- Using reflection time as a tool for willingly reflecting on their experiences
We achieve this through worship, our taught and lived curriculum and through our school environment – we have ‘A space To Be’ - an outdoor reflection area. We have reflection/prayer spaces within all classes. We pose big questions throughout our curriculum and our learning environments promote questioning and thinking. We take time for reflection within our worship structure and we value discussion and expression of thoughts and views and the consideration of viewpoints throughout all areas of our curriculum. We aim to develop a passion for topics and offer high quality experiences to aid them in communicating these using thought provoking and challenging contexts. We explore pupils questions about life and consider how these might progress as they get older.