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.

The teaching of Christianity forms 2/3 of our RE curriculum and is taught right through the school using 'Understanding Christianity' as our guide scheme ( Aspects of Judaism, Hinduism and Islam are also taught using the locally agreed syllabus Living Difference III (see link below). RE is often taught as a weekly lesson, but sometimes teachers will decide to 'block teach ' RE and cover a unit in a more intensive week of learning; it is very much dependent on the topic being studied and how teachers feel the material will be best taught. 

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 Revd Sandra Williams 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 won for that week and keep a running total for the end of term cup.


  1. Living Difference III
  2. RE Policy 2018