All primary schools are required to offer R.E. and hold acts of collective worship. Spiritual development, along with social, moral and cultural education, is part of the school's ethos and is inspected by Ofsted.
While many families in this country have little contact with church, children still need opportunities for spiritual development, encountering the Christian story and reflecting on their own experiences.
Church schools have a specifically Christian ethos. Most schools welcome visitors to lead assemblies or school services, talk about what it means to be a Christian and encourage church visits.
As well, there may be opportunities to run lunch time or after school clubs, hold Godly Play sessions, bring in Open the Book or organise Prayer Spaces.
In a school setting we need to be careful of our language and attitude. We are not in school to evangelise, and we must always respect children's own beliefs and insights.
Spaces for reflection: Interactive displays around the school, Quiet Club, Prayer Spaces and more...
Opportunties for prayer: Prayer tree, Class prayer book, Thank you jar, Sorry boxes...
Prayer Space: A themed area for quiet prayer and reflection offered as part of the school's weekly Quiet Club.
Worship Day: An R.E. day for the whole school focussed on Worship and Prayer. Including different ways of praying, creating worship spaces, music in worship, confession and intercession: different kinds of prayer, making symbols.
Creating a focus: Ideas for entrance and worship displays
Godly Play: Reflective storytelling and response in a school setting
GenR8: County based teams bringing Christian presentations to local schools through drama, stories, puppets and interaction...
Created World: An interactive event exploring the theme of creation
Creating a Quiet Room: Supporting the spiritual needs of children during a "Health Promoting Schools" week. Hidden treasures, touch and feel, extreme landscapes, chill out space...
Saints and Pilgrims: Telling the stories of Julian of Norwich, Maximilian Kolbe and Francis of Assissi at different stations, with relfective questions and creative response.
Footsteps events are held in the local church and involve stations with reflective storytelling on a theme (for example Advent or Easter), and a creative response. They are visisted by classes individually and last for about an hour and a half. They are based on events created by the Cambridge Church Schools Trust.
Path to the Stable: a journey through Advent: a look at the role of the prophets, John the Baptist and Mary in the Christian story
Beyond the Stable: journeying through Christmas: focussing on the powerful (Herod and the magi), the prayerful (Anna and Simeon,) and the dispossessed (the shepherds) and linking their stories to life today
Lent: Jesus in the Wilderness Empty or full? Fame or trust? Powerful or serving? How should we choose?
Wind and Flame: Pentecost The upper room, fruit of the spirit, the dove - different aspects of the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit
Jesus the King: Stories of the Kingdom The parable of the Pearl, the Mustard Seed and the Great Banquet giving insights into the Kingdom of Heaven.