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Diaries of Reflection

by Michael Ford last modified 24 Jul, 2018 11:51 AM
An alternative approach to classroom based Collective Worship, where pupils keep a personal journal or diary.

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Resources are being developed and roadtested year on year. Pupils reflect through word or art on a number of weekly themes, developing lifelong skills of personal journaling.

This approach also contributes to the pupil’s social and emotional learning. It provides opportunities for pupils' Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural development (SMSC) and, with the new OfSTED framework focusing on provision for Spiritual Development, all schools may find this approach helpful!

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About the Diaries

Developed and piloted in church schools in this diocese, the Diaries can be adapted for use with pupils of all faiths and none in both Church and Community Schools. Thanks to Clare Tantrum of St Marys’ Middle School Puddletown and Liz Wesley Barker of Durweston Primary School for their work in originating and developing this resource.

The diaries are available in a downloadable Word document format to allow you to personalise for your school context. They can be downloaded week by week or by term. Alternatively if you can't face downloading, you can purchase the whole year on a memory stick, along with policies and other info, for £10.

Links are made to SEAL and, from Year Two onwards, to UNICEF's 'Rights Respecting Schools' programme. This approach works particularly well with pupils at KS2 and KS3, but can also be used effectively with KS1, where the keeping of a floor book style class diary is recommended.

Reflections mentioned in the Diaries are available on YouTube. Click the red icon above or type 'dholloway1000' into the search box and they should appear.

This resource has been developed by teachers, for teachers. Every effort has been made to avoid infringing copyright but, if you think we have may have inadvertently done so, please get in touch.

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Job 8:14-16 

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