Our prayer and reflection areas are well established in school.
In the Classroom
Every class has a prayer and reflection area. Like our spiritual garden, children and adults can experience stillness, reflection, find quiet and calm and to allow for prayer whilst also being able to explore ‘Big Questions’. Our areas include prayer boxes, where children can read or write a prayer which can then be shared.
In the Communal Areas
We also have prayer and reflection areas in other internal areas of the school, including our well-being Matters area. Externally, we have areas for prayer and reflection in our playgrounds, forestry areas and spiritual school and community gardens.
Windows, Mirrors and Doors
We adopt the windows, mirrors and doors approach to promote spiritual development which is evidenced within our worship planning and teaching.
Windows are for looking out onto the world and becoming aware of its wonders, both the ‘wows’ and the ‘ows’; things that are ‘awe-full’ and make us wonder and be grateful, and things that are ‘aweful’ and make us wonder and ask questions. Children learn about life in all its fullness.
Mirrors are for looking into and reflecting, to see things more clearly, to think about and ask important questions learning from our own and each other’s responses.
Children have opportunities to respond to their learning about (windows) and learning from (mirrors). Doors open and allow us to move on. How can we take what we have learned out into the world? How can we show our learning and values in action?