Our definition of Spirituality:
Our school explores spirituality through connections with others and engaging with the wider world with love, we believe spirituality is about doing the work of Jesus.
We explore beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about ourselves, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; we actively reflect. All with the purpose to develop connections of love with ourselves and others.
Matthew 28 demonstrates how Jesus expected us all to work together to share his message to "all nations" (The Great Commission). At our school, a key section of our Vision is our commitment to developing “love” in its many forms. The development of spirituality is a vital way for us to foster a love of God and a love of one another. We are all encouraged to develop our spirituality through regular meaningful worship, reflection on the joys helping others brings us, a curriculum that encourages questioning with knowledge and a commitment to connecting with the Christian community near and far. Leaders allow for this to happen through deliberate planning, environmental considerations and developing a Family culture across the school. Through collection and love we all develop our spirituality.
As inspired by Wesley and the global nature of Anglicanism we believe religion is not solitary; through engaging with the community, each other and those in the world who inspire us as role models of love we are able to develop as spiritual beings. Each year as we explore new global values and courageous advocates our understanding of spirituality develops and evolves.
Listed below are some practical examples of how we develop spirituality at our school:
Our Ethos Committee
Over the past 2 years the school has held half termly ethos meetings with teaching staff and school leaders in order to develop ways to to promote spirituality in our school. These meetings have expanded to include parents, governors and pupil voice which is represented by our 'Church leaders' facilitator. This group enables us to live our vision that "many hands build a house, so many hearts make a school". The discussions at this committee help us to shape and spread our Christian ethos. Below is a selection of minutes from these meetings.
Pupil Ethos Committee
Because of our belief in following the message from "The Great Commission" to do “all the things” Jesus taught us to, we believe in involving as many people across our school in decision making. Our Vision prayer is a way we ensure our pupils understand what the message from "The Great Commission" means in 21st century Cambourne. Our values are actions we all expect to see from each other. Our pupil ethos committee compliments our parent, staff and governor ethos committee. Each sharing ideas and helping to shape our school through lens of our Christian vision.
British Values & SMSC Policy
Pro-Social Behaviour and Rewards
As you may be aware, each year group within the school takes part in a pro-social reward system. The class or year group help to decide on two pro-social reward recipients or activities and every time a child is seen to be doing something pro-social during the school day they are rewarded with a bead. The child chooses which pro-social reward jar will receive their bead and when a jar is full, that particular reward is earned.
Pro-sociality has been defined as a positive, voluntary, and altruistic behaviour - the delivery of help or a benefit to one or more people which has a major positive impact on personal and social quality of life. Pro-social activities might be demonstrated by pupils sharing toys and resources, helping their friends, assisting a member of staff, tidying up the classroom or teaching/supporting other children with their learning.
Helping one’s neighbour is a theme that is common across religions. As a value, it establishes norms and procedures for aiding others, being part of a religion entails a feeling of unity and responsibility for others, as well as a tendency to search for the common good. According to Jesus' teachings, one’s neighbour is a peer who is often weaker or needy. We should treat our neighbours as if they were oneself; therefore prosocial treatment is sought through unconditional love toward others: “Cry beside those who cry and rejoice when our brothers enjoy victory”
"Do All the Good You Can,
By All the Means You Can,
In All the Ways You Can,
In All the Places You Can,
At All the Times You Can,
To All the People You Can,
As long as Ever …
… You Can!"
John Wesley’s Rule for Christian Living
Pro-social behaviour fits perfectly with our school vision to encourage our pupils to show a love of one another and mankind itself. Our vision inspires the whole school community to engage in social action and to be courageous advocates for change in our local, national and global communities. We recognise that life is full of ups and downs and that at times all people will face challenges that they need help and support in overcoming. We aim to instil the values of service and compassion for others among our pupils. Our Christian values ensure that opportunities to discuss the big issues, to challenge injustice and to engage in activities that can bring about change are always present.
FS2 Pupils tell us more about it
National Younger Leadership Group
Here at The Vine School, we were fortunate to be selected to receive an invitation to take part in the Church of England’s National Younger Leadership Group, hosted by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. The group consists of 100 primary aged children to take part in 3 conference events across the year.
The purpose of the Leadership group:
“We long to see our church grow younger, growing in faith of the children and young people through schools, churches and families. As we shape the vision of the Church of England for the next decade together, we want children and young people to be central to this journey, for your voices to be listened to and for the church’s thinking and direction to be shaped and led by the children and young people.”
Two Year 5 pupils were chosen to take part and represent The Vine School. During the first conference event, we joined pupils from across the country to explore the key question ‘What kind of church would you like to see?’
We listened to key speakers and had opportunities to speak to other children to discuss and create our own Visions and Values that we would like to see in churches.
We were asked to think about problems that are going on in the world and what action we could take to go towards helping to make change. Some of the ideas were, climate change, pollution and homelessness. The actions for change were; raising awareness and food/money donations. We also thought about what we wanted our church to be like which included; loving, kind, welcoming and fun.
When all their ideas were brought together, the children were able to create their church’s vision and values.
To conclude, we know that a church is not a building but a group of people who choose to be like Jesus and make change to the world.
The input from the younger leader’s group will feed into a national process on Vision and Strategy that is being led by the new Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell.
Young Leaders Reports
Hope Challenge - Easter 2021
During the Easter holiday there was a Lent challenge. The pupils were asked to either develop a poster or write a poem based on the theme of "Hope for the Future". They should incorporate the theme of hope and also the school's Christian vision (our school prayer).
For the winning entries please see the school blog -
Brave Believers - Bishop’s Challenge-
Easter Home Learning 2022
Today your child will bring home an Easter home learning pick and mix grid with a variety of learning activities to try over the Easter break. The theme is BRAVE BELIEVERS. The deadline for this learning is Tuesday 19th April 2022 (our first day back after the break). We look forward to seeing your fantastic learning once we are back in school. Now let’s get creative…..there will be an Easter prize for best piece of learning within each year group.
Some of the winning entries are in the gallery below. Fabulous display in the office at the moment, pop along and have a look.
Bishop's Challenge 2023 - Live Life full this Lent
Well done everyone for taking part in the Bishop's Challenge during the Easter break. We had a wonderful range of learning produced. Some of this is now displayed in our office/ entrance.