Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Spiritual, Moral and Personal Development Learning

The spiritual, moral and personal development of pupils is central to the development of successful individuals. As a Church of England school we place a high regard on developing pupils' sense of identity, their ability to reflect and question and their thoughtfulness and respect for others.

An act of worship happens daily. On some days we gather together as a school, whilst on others time is spent in thought and reflection as a class. We have a worship group made up of Year 5 & 6 pupils who help to plan the Christian themes that we cover during the year and also help to evaluate and improve pupils' experience of worship. We work very closely with our vicar Canon Dr. Ian Tomlinson who leads worship weekly. We also hold a school service, usually termly in our local church, St-Peter-in-the-Wood.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught principally using the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) resource. Each term we gather together as a school to begin a common unit of work (such as New Beginnings), explore the theme in classes and then celebrate our new learning at the end of term.

All pupils are organised into a house team. The house teams compete against each other on a regular basis and also earn 'team points' towards the collective total for their house. Each week in our celebration assembly we find out which team has on for that week and keep a running total for the end of term cup.

RE is taught as a block once a term. We use the Hampshire Scheme entitled 'Living Difference' to guide our planning. Aspects of all major world religions are during the pupils' time in school but through an concept/enquiry-led approach. This means that rather than teaching a religion, we explore concepts familiar to the children and then lead into an exploration of how these concepts affect other people and how they interpret them in their lives. A good appreciation of other religions and cultures enables pupils to better understand others, show respect and tolerance and be successful adults in the wider world.