Our Vision, Values, Spiritual Development & St Mary's Learner
‘Learning for Life’
'Learning for life' with Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness' is at the heart of St Mary's.
At our school, children are seen as unique and will feel loved, safe and empowered to flourish so they reach their full potential both academically and personally.
St Mary’s Values
Kindness Trust Courage
At St Mary’s we believe that a strong set of core values creates a positive ethos where children are encouraged to be successful, confident and responsible citizens who lead fulfilling lives.
Teaching values promotes the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, enabling them to develop their own moral and ethical compass to guide what is right and what is wrong.
Our values of Kindness, Trust and Courage were chosen by our school community after consultation with the children, parents, staff and governors. These values permeate through all aspects of school life at St Mary's and are explored and celebrated through assemblies and collective worship.
Learning about core values underpins our work to actively promote fundamental British Values of democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures.
St Mary’s Learner
Through the concept of St Mary’s Learner we help pupils to develop the behaviour, attitudes and skills that they need in order to learn effectively.
We have agreed a set of expectations in every year group and we encourage pupils to work towards meeting these expectations both at home and at school.
Your child’s teacher will discuss and report on your child as a St Mary’s Learner and the key areas of their growth and development throughout the year. We believe that these are crucial areas which underpin academic success and our mission to educate the whole child.
St Mary’s learner supports our school Christian Values. These values are taught across the curriculum and play a vital role in developing our pupils into positive young learners.
As ‘St Mary’s Learners’, we try to foster good behaviour for learning, which means developing the following attitudes towards learning (please see attachments below).
Our shared understanding of spiritual development:
Windows: Encounter - The Learning about life.
* Opportunities for children to be aware of the world in new ways, looking out into the world.
* To wonder about life's 'WOWS. Things that are amazing.
* To think about life's 'OWS' that take us by surprise!
* Learning about life in all its fullness.
Mirrors Reflection - The learning from life
* Opportunities to reflect on their experiences.
* Looking inside yourself.
* Consider life's big questions and reach for some possible answers.
* Learning from life by exploring our own insights and those of others.
Doors Transformation - The learning to live by putting into action what they believe.
* Opportunities for children to respond.
* Moving onto a new path or situation.
* To do something creative to develop and apply our ideas.
* Learning to live out our beliefs and values.
Our shared understanding of spiritual development is lived out by (provision)
We provide opportunities for looking out onto the world to make the children ask questions and wonder. Interweaved are opportunities for children to reflect, learn from others and themselves so that they can make choices, be creative, active and purposeful in response. We provide areas for quiet reflection in school and in the outdoor environment.
We provide and plan for a wide range of opportunities for children to develop spiritually in all areas of the curriculum. Our inclusive curriculum is diverse and bespoke to us and is progressive. It offers high quality experiences and opportunities beyond the national Curriculum, that develop an individual personal spirituality. Extracurricular experiences and opportunities are seen as important to enrich and deepen our offer to the children. Children are encouraged to develop curiosity.
Close links with the church, local community and coverage of global links, through different subjects, are woven throughout our curriculum, to broaden and open the children’s eyes to ‘wows’ and ‘Ows’.
Collective worship, meditation and refection are daily events that children and staff take an active part in. The children help to lead our school, collective worship and are involved in creating school prayers. We provide daily opportunities for prayer, including silence and stillness.