Religious Education and Christian Values

Our School Ethos Statement
Recognizing its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England/Church in Wales and in partnership with the Churches at parish and diocesan level. The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.'
We always strive to 'promote educational excellence everywhere, for everyone “ inline with the Church of England's vision and emphasise the importance of 'spiritual, physical, intellectual, moral, emotional and social development and 'Life in all it's fullness (John 10:10)' which is why our vision focusses on development and learning journey of each child and their holistic development. Throughout our curriculum and ethos we also permeate the Church of England's vision for the development of:
  • Wisdom, knowledge and skills;
  • Hope and aspiration;
  • Community and living together well and
  • Dignity and respect.
At Warkworth C of E Primary school we have a values based curriculum and so each half term we focus on one of the Christian values .We also have three main Christian values that form part of our Christian ethos, ' Learning together through love, forgiveness and friendship.' All of these values are displayed at the bottom of the page.  This year we have also included Home School Values, which are attached at the bottom of the page. One value will be sent out each half term and pupils can complete the activities with their parents. 


Christian Values

As a Church of England School we have fifteen Christian Values which are derived from the teachings of Jesus and taught by Christians throughout the history of religion. Through our Religious Education curriculum and worships we will explore all of these values, however we have chosen to ' delve deeper into our distinctive character' (Christian Values 2017) and have focussed on six core Christian values this year which are : love, friendship, forgiveness, respect, community and perseverance. 


'Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. '  Mark 12:31


'A friend loves at all times'. Proverbs 17:17


'Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.' Ephesians 4: 31-32


'So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.' Matthew 7:12 


'Live in harmony with each other.' Romans 12:18 


'Never tire of doing what is good.' Thessalonians 3:13


Please follow the link to find out more:

Christian Values for Schools



Our worship takes place every afternoon and follows the Diocese of Leicester themes and festivals plan. On a weekly basis, we have a prayer and praise, Christian values/ Prayer Spaces session, a celebration worship and two sessions which follow the Leicester themes. Over the term we also have a number of visitors and parents that come in and participate in our worships. 

Please follow the link to find out more:

Diocese of Leicester


Religious Education Curriculum 

At Warkworth C of E Primary we use a combination of the syllabus from Diocese of Newcastle and Durham which is from Blackburn Diocese Board of Education and from September 2017 we are also using Understanding Christianity and units of world faith. 


Aims of Understanding Christianity 

  • To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living world faith, by exploring core theological concepts
  • To enable pupils to develop knowledge and skills in making sense of biblical texts and understanding their impact in the lives of Christians
  • To develop pupils' abilities to connect, critically reflect upon, evaluate and apply their learning to their own growing understanding of religion and belief (particularly Christianity), of themselves, the world and human experience.


Please follow the links below to find out more about our RE curriculum:

Understanding Christianity

RE Curriculum


 Please find a copy of our planning on our 'Curriculum page'. 


Whole School Reflection Area 
As you come into school you will see our whole school reflection area. Each half term when our Christian value changes so does our challenge and reflective questions that we encourage pupils to think about. Please go to the bottom of the page to view our Christian value challenges for each half term.
Worship - Autumn 2017
The story of The Calming of the Storm - led by visitor -                                Miss. Sally Milner 
The Christian Value of Friendship - The story of Zacchaeus - led by visitor - Mr. David Charnock
The Christian Value of Forgiveness  - The Story of the Prodigal Son - led by visitor Mr.David Charnock

We thought about different words we say... sorry, thankyou, please... we thought about which of these words may be the hardest to say.

Remembrance Day

We celebrated Remembrance Day together. After the children had painted their 'poppy' stones, we held our worship in the Forever Friendly garden.

We thought about what the poppies represented and the many brave women and men who have fought, and those who are still fighting today.

We held our stones to help us think whilst we had a one minute silence. We then said a prayer before laying our stones around the base of the cross.

Christmas – 2017


The children practised and performed Nativity Plays. Parents, grandparents and friends were invited to come along.

Through the experience the children learned about the very first Christmas and how Christmas is celebrated and remembered now.

The nativity play by the children in Key Stages 1 and 2 was called “Baubles” and was held in St. Lawrence’s Church, Warkworth.

The nativity play by the children in The Early Years was called “Whoopsa Daisy Angel” and was held in the school hall.

Worship - Spring 2018

January - Thankfulness - The Story of the Exodus –              Moses leading God’s People into Freedom -                               led by visitor Sally Milner.                                                        We all joined in with the welcome response at the beginning. We thought about things we were thankful for. Sally then told us a story about a man who had just been released from prison and was returning home. We then had the opportunity to reflect ….What would the man be most looking forward to? Sally then told the bible story of when God told Moses to take his people into freedom….we thought about what the people may have been thankful for. Personal reflection ….we then drew/wrote something on a post-it which we were personally thankful for. These were to be added to the school “Thankful Wall”.

February - Forgiveness – The Selfish Giant – by Oscar Wilde - led by Margaret Hobrough.

We all joined in with the welcome response at the beginning. Margaret introduced her puppet Jake to us all…and she said she had asked Jake to forgive her for forgetting to bring him along to school the last time she had visited. Margaret then told the story of The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde. The children were encouraged to reflect on the idea of forgiveness. Everyone joined in with the song…”Build Me”… Fischy Music. Margaret then said a prayer about forgiveness….before leading the children in a prayer song to end.