Awe and Wonder
‘Be filled with wonder, be touched by peace’(Unknown)
We can all recall a moment when we have experienced Awe and Wonder although we may not have had the words to describe it at the time, only “wow!” Awe and Wonder is closely linked to our deep feelings and emotions.
Awe and Wonder is about creating a calm atmosphere, a sense of place to just ‘be’, to observe, to explore, to be present in the moment, to just breathe.
It is about connecting us to nature, to our feelings, to other people and our community and giving us time and space to appreciate the environment and the world around us. It is about developing a sense of awareness of things beyond ourselves.
Opportunities for Awe and Wonder at Kingfisher
At Kingfisher Special School we provide all children with opportunities on a daily basis to experience Awe and Wonder through a range of engaging and creative learning experiences within a variety of different environments.
We aim to create calm, reflective environments and provide opportunities which allow all children to begin to become mindful. This intrinsic calmness that comes through mindfulness enables children to feel more grounded, open and ready to enjoy experiences. The children are in a ‘safe’ and secure environment and are able to confidently explore and express themselves within a child-led approach, giving them as much independence as possible.
In addition to these opportunities we have developed an approach called “I Wonder” for children working at Flightpaths 2 and 3 whichis designed to meet the requirements of the RE curriculum whilst also meeting the needs/learning styles of the children. I Wonder is deeply rooted in a Montessori approach to teaching and learning.
I Wonder is an enquiry-based approach to learning- that allows the children to play, explore, investigate and question they are developing their own thoughts, ideas and responses.
Through asking I Wonder, open ended questions, the goal is to help the children explore what they think and feel, not arrive at the conclusion or the teaching point that the adult planned in advance. Wondering is not only about words but about thoughts and feelings, hence we are able to offer it to all children, verbal or non-verbal.
Candle time is part of the daily classroom routine. It is a valuable time for adults and children to come together and just be still and quiet. It offers time for reflection and gratitude and the school prayer is used as part of this routine. Prayer is uniting. It is a blessing; a time to send out good wishes; to bring everyone together; to remember.