Religious Education and Christian Values

Please note: Our vision, ethos, RE policy and Worship policy are currently under review  (October 2018).
 
Our Ethos and vision have been revised through discussions with staff, pupils and governors (October 2018).
 
Ethos : As part of God's family we learn together through love, forgiveness and friendship.
 
Vision: Our shared vision is for every child to achieve their God given potential and become an independent, resilient and reflective lifelong learner and agent of change. Character education, holistic development and ensuring all children have a safe and inclusive environment are at the heart of our community and values . 
 
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.
 
 
What are 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) . We focus on six core Christian values each year, which have been chosen by the pupils. Three of these values always remain as they the focus of our school Ethos 'Learning together with love, forgiveness and friendship'.
 
As a result of pupil voice discussions (Collective Worship Crew) pupils felt that the initial decision in 2017 to make the values more friendly was working, but could they create some of their own too? In September 2018, pupils created their own symbols for the Christian Values of 'wisdom, creation, peace, hope and koinonia'.

 

All year groups throughout school then explored the 'big questions' in relation to each Christian Value and linked each value to a Bible story and a quote from the Bible. Thus ensuring each value is 'grounded in a clear theology, firmly rooted in a Christian narrative' (SIAMS 2018).

 

With KS2, we then explored how each Christian Value related to our social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.  A booklet with all of these developments can be found on our prayer table in the main entrance.

 

Our Values

 

2017- 2018 : love, friendship, forgiveness, respect, community and perseverance. 

2018- 2019: love, forgiveness, friendship, trust, compassion and trust. 

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. 

Please follow the link to find out more about Christian Values:

Christian Values for Schools

 

Religious Education Curriculum 

At Warkworth C of E Primary we use a combination of the syllabus from Diocese of Newcastle and Durham and Understanding Christianity. 

 

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.
 
As a result of implementing Understanding Christianity (summer 2018) we also reviewed as a staff the importance of spiritual development throughout the curriculum.  From these discussions, we have now embedded the following approaches across the whole curriculum. 
 
 

Understanding Spirituality at Warkworth Church of England Primary School

At Warkworth C of E Primary school we believe that spiritual development is not necessarily or exclusively religious but is the development of children’s mind, body and spirit. ‘Spirituality is generally viewed as enriching individuals in their understanding of and ability to relate to, others and as a society as whole (SCAA 96).

We believe it should focus on the following area:

 

Self

Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of self – the inner person and the way that this shapes an individual’s perception of themselves as a unique human being. Spiritual learners reflect on the relationship that they have with their sense of being a unique person.

 

Others

Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of others – a growing empathy, concern and compassion for how to treat others. Spiritual learners reflect on how their values and principles affect their relationships with others.

 

The world and beauty

Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of a physical and creative world – a growing relationship with beauty through the ability to respond emotionally to experiences of the wonder of the natural world and the results of human creativity. Spiritual learners explore their understanding beauty and the affect this has on their perception of and relationship with the world.

 

Beyond

Spiritual learners become increasingly aware of the concept of the beyond – a growing relationship with the transcendental and the ability to explore experiences beyond the everyday. Spiritual learners search for meaning in their very existence and their place in the greater scheme of things.

The Doughnut represents the Whole Child. The outer ring is the tangible (Mind and Body), the hole represents the intangible (Spirit) but if there was no hole it wouldn’t be a doughnut. This remains perhaps the best definition of spiritual development; it is the exploration and development of that hole in our centre that makes us whole. 

 

Our approach

Our vision as a Church of England school focuses on the holistic development of each and every child of God; enabling all pupils to flourish and reach their God given potential. Therefore, we have adopted an approach from the work of Liz Mills and the ‘Spiritual Ring Doughnut’.

 

The doughnut represents the whole child. The outer ring is the mind and body and the hole represents the intangible spirit. But, if there was no hole it wouldn’t be a doughnut.  We believe this provides our pupils a clear understanding and appreciation of what spirituality is; it is the exploration and development of that hole in our centre that makes us whole.

 

We have also adopted David Smith’s approach across the whole curriculum and actively provide opportunities for our children to reflect, think deeply, fully appreciate the world around them and be agents of change in their school, the community and as global citizens.  Each topic covered in school always begins with the children’s ‘big questions’ and then we use the doors, window and mirrors approach.

 

Doors, window and mirrors

Windows: Opportunities to look out on the world to gaze and wonder: to discuss the wow moments and the things we find amazing.

Encounter: The learning about life

 

Mirrors: Providing pupils the opportunities to reflect, to look inward to consider some of the big questions of life: To explore their own insights and those of others.

Reflection: The learning from.

 

 

Doors: Giving opportunities to children to respond, to do something to go through the door of a creative expression of their own thoughts and convictions.

Transformation/ Courageous advocacy: The learning to live by putting into action what they believe.

 

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

Understanding Christianity

RE Curriculum

A copy of our planning for RE can be found at the bottom of the 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”…..by Fischy Music. Margaret then said a prayer about forgiveness….before leading the children in a prayer song to end.

Worship 
 
Our worship takes place every afternoon and follows the Diocese of Leicester themes and festival plans. On a weekly basis, we have a focus on our Christian Values, a celebration worship and three sessions that follow the Leicestershire Diocese themes. Over the term, we also have a number of visitors including Reverend Margaret Hobrough and Sally Milner Chaplain at Northumberland Church Academy Trust. Parents are also invited into Celebration Worships ( 1 each half term) and each year group throughout school will lead these worships too.