Religious Education and Christian Values

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 the importance of community, meeting together, becoming agents of change and achieving our God given potential. Throughout our curriculum we 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, our two main Christian Values from our vision are: community and love. 
Development of our values in school 
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 was '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 as enabling each child of God to flourish and thrive is central to our vision. A booklet with all of these developments can be found in school. 


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 for world faiths 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).


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  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 RE lesson, worship and 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 as well as an overview of David Smith's approach to spirituality.


Our worship takes place every afternoon and is led by our shared Christian vision.  It focuses on one Christian Value each week and we use Prayer Spaces, Simply Worship and Life Savers. 
We also incorporate a range of worships: including, mental health and well being every Monday, guest speakers on Tuesdays, Celebration Worships and #Strive together as one worships every four weeks. Pupils from each year group also lead a worship every half term. 
To find out how our worship has been developed, please ask to see our development file which includes ongoing discussions and evidence from pupils, staff, governors and the community. 
Over the term, we also have a number of visitors including Reverend Margaret Hobrough and Sally Milner Chaplain at Northumberland Church Academy Trust. 
*From September 2018, all examples of worship and photos of activities are now on Dojo on a weekly basis for all parents to see.
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.



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.


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.