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Church of England School - 2017
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Vision

Toddington St George Church of England School (Diocese of St Albans) is an inclusive Christian community in which the curriculum is underpinned by agreed values based on Christian teaching.  

The School Development Plan, school aims and policies enable every member of the school community to be valued as a child of God where they are given the opportunity to be inspired, challenged and supported in their learning and to receive committed, conscientious pastoral care.  

Our TSG philosophy is embodied in the school vision 'Lighting a Spark in Every Child'.

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Values

Introducing children to values (Christian and moral) supports their thinking and their personal, emotional, social  and spiritual development.

To this end we have a cycle of values which form the key themes for our Collective Worship times. Children and families are introduced to 'big' questions to consider as well as stories from the Bible, other faiths and children's literature which illustrate
Collective Worship (CW)     
                     
CW Aims and Objectives
The school aims to respect the individuality and uniqueness of every pupil, not by indoctrination but by demonstrating, in word and deed, the reality and importance of the spiritual dimension of life.Children are taught about Religious Education in class using the SACRE syllabus. Collective Worship provides a unique opportunity for the school community to come together and to link religious wisdom to their daily lives, also celebrating the wonders of nature and human achievement, including their own. All pupils gather in the school hall for a Collective Worship. This daily session promotes positive attitudes towards living and establishes sound moral and spiritual values that will serve our pupils throughout their lives. It sets the tone for life at school and beyond.

Worship is based on a Christian worship format with all Christian festivals being celebrated. Opportunities are created to include an essence of the religions and beliefs of other cultures and we acknowledge and teach children about understanding global issues that young people need in modern society.Due reverence will always be given to beliefs, customs and artefacts of other religions in accordance with Diocesan guidelines. Collective Worship takes place in the school hall. Children from across the school take part in Collective Worship. Collective Worship is challenging and thought provoking, including a range of story, song, music, drama and visual stimuli. There is always be a time for quiet reflection and/ or prayer.

On Monday and Tuesday Mrs Spencer leads a Collective Worship, with Christian teaching underpinning it, related to the school value for that period. Wednesday is a Celebration day. We celebrate with children who have had a birthday that week. Children who have achieved a success out of school share this and receive a 'Success Shield' (Children should bring in their success and give it to their class teacher.) One child from each year group receives a gift from the 'Star Box'. They can be nominated from anyone in the school and this can be for manners, kindness, setting an example etc. On Thursday we are fortunate to have a group from the local community from 'Open the Book' perform a story from the Bible. Friday is a celebration of good work where two children from each class receive a Well Done postcard. On Friday the 'Behaviour Bears' are also awarded to a class in each key stage demonstrating exemplary behaviour.

The Collective Worship Policy can be viewed on the website. You will find it under the School Polices tab.
Hooked on Worship

Hooked on Worship is a lunchtime club for children to plan and prepare a Collective Worship before presenting the Worship to the school. Children from Year's 3 and 4 can opt to take part. In Hooked on Worship the children include music, drama, story, song, poetry, prayer, art work and power point presentations. This club has been running since 2012 and is now well established.

On Tuesday 22nd November another group of children presented their own act of Collective Worship in our special Hooked on Worship. The theme was Forgiveness and Adithya Rao, Imogen Collins, Zara Matthews, Ruby Pichard, Jessica Esnard-Marsden, Isla Macloed-Irvine, Roxy Schapp-Garrett and Holly Conway wrote and performed stories, songs, prayers and power point presentations. They were a super group to work with and were a credit to the school.
On Wednesday 12th October Harry Crawley, Kai Radford, Emily Scholes, Rose Cozens, Isobel Squires, Ellie Lefkaditis, Isobel Tillin and Lucy Archer did their Hooked on Worship all about Respect. They included a play they had written themselves, a bible story, a poem, a power point presentation and a prayer. Well done to them for a confident presentation and some great acting.
On Tuesday 5th July the last group of the Year presented their Hooked on Worship to the school. The group wrote their own script and presented very professionally poems, prayers, stories and power point presentations. Well done to Lili Howling, Swaraja Sarma, Erin Borgars-Bannon, Nala Wildman, Callie Wood, Ella Grimoli and Olivia Austin.
On Tuesday 17th May another group of children presented their own act of Collective Worship all about understanding. Alex Keith, Harrison Breese, Adonay Williams, Daisy Harding, Clara Roberts and Sophie Mitchell wrote and presented their ideas about what happens when people misunderstand things .They explained about understanding languages, feelings, gestures and understanding stories with two meanings such as the Parables in the Bible. The children thought really carefully about the content of their Collective Worship, worked really well as a team and did a great job
On Wednesday 7th October a group presented their act of worship to the school and their invited grown-ups. Ioan Dow, Niamh Tillin, Holly Conway, Olivia Sharpe, Archie Adamas, Adonay Williams, Emily Scholes and Abi Davies presented on 'Friendship'.

They included the things friends do together, a play written by Niamh teaching the other children how to ask in the right way if they want to join in a game, a poem, a hymn and a prayer. The children wrote and delivered with minimal adult intervention and set the standard for future groups!   
                     (They even did their own photocopying and administration!)
On Tuesday 3rd November the second group presented to the school. The group did a great job as they performed the day after half term but they hadn't forgotten their script. Well done to Grace Laird, Zara Tough, Florrie Hydes, Elizabeth Hardwicke, Louis Goodall, Aleena Khan and Harry Crawley. This 'Hooked on Worship' was all about Freedom and Justice.
The children taught us what the words freedom and justice mean and how to do the signs. They did a play written by Florrie, retold the story of Rosa Parks who made a stand against segregationist laws and asked questions about what we can do when there is not freedom and justice for people in terms of their faith. They recited a poem about freedom and also included a hymn and a prayer.
On Tuesday 24th November the last 'Hooked on Worship' group for this term led their worship all about 'Forgiveness'. Freya Lawson, Elise Walker, Elspeth Shaw, Lily Agnew, Erin Borgars-Bannon and Megan Usher explained what forgiveness means and the sign for forgiveness. They wrote and delivered stories including The Prodigal Son and Zaccheus to illustrate forgiveness. They also led the school in song and prayer.
Special School Services

The school holds a number of special school services throughout the year. These include Harvest, Remembrance, Christmas, Epiphany, Christingle, Easter .We also hold a Leavers Service at the end of the summer term.
Harvest Service
On Thursday 6th October 2016 we celebrated our Harvest Festival, which was led by Mrs Spencer.
Thank you for all your generous donations of food gifts. We had families donate tins and packets and even whole Harvest baskets. We met as a school to enjoy listening to the choir supported by Mrs Archer singing 'Give me oil in my lamp'. We all enjoyed singing the hymn 'We plough the fields and scatter' and the Harvest song call 'Harvest Samba'. Reverend Anne gave us a talk about sharing what we have and she showed us a seed pod which dissolves and scatters the seed inside. School council members Tilly Cornelius, Ethan Lawrence, Amy Davis and Mollie Evans explained to us about the welly walk and food bank. Six children did a reading from the Bible, with support from Mrs Coen: Tilly Cornelius, Roxy Schapp-Garrett, Emily Scholes, Holly Conway, Isla Macloed-Irvine and Rose Cozens. Reverend Anne gave a blessing.
Finally the choir sang again the hymn 'You shall go out with joy'. We collected 335.8kg of food which is equivalent to 800 meals, a wonderful donation to the food bank. After our Harvest service we all went out together and completed a 'Welly Walk' around the school field. We enjoyed eating 'Welly biscuits' (thanks to Mrs Hooper who baked enough biscuits for everyone at school!). The 'Welly Walk' was to raise funds for farm Africa whose local staff enable farmers in East Africa to increase their harvests of farm crops, livestock. Once again many thanks for your kind generosity.
Remembrance
On Friday 11th November Mrs Spencer led our Remembrance service. Children from Years 1-4 each laid a poppy. The service included Emily Scholes and Daisy Harding singing a duet, two minutes silence, a power point of images to reflect on, a hymn and prayers. The children's behaviour and respect was impeccable.
Remembrance Displays
To support this time of Remembrance the theme for the hall displays is currently peace. These can be seen below. Thanks go to pupils and staff for this work, especially Mrs Gaskin who also created our impressive entrance hall display.
Christmas

Following staff training we had a particular focus on the 'Nativity'.
We hope you like the range of different Nativities the children made, focusing on the birth of Jesus.
In early years there was even a role play  area to re-enact the Nativity!
There were also some lovely displays either in relation to the Nativity or to the Year Group Christmas Performances.
Christmas Service
On Friday 18th December Mrs Spencer led our Christmas service 'All Wrapped Up'- using the theme of being wrapped up. Mary and Joseph wrapped up to travel, the shepherds wrapped up on the hillside and Jesus wrapped up in the manger. Reverend Anne then showed us a gift wrapped up- full of love for everyone. The choir sang and Megan U and also sang a duet.

Epiphany
Mrs Spencer led an act of worship on Wednesday 3rd January explaining Epiphany. It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and celebrates the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus. These men, often called Kings or Magi, brought valuable gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honour the baby. The gift of gold was the gift people usually gave to their King. By giving gold they were recognising Jesus as their King. The second gift, frankincense, is a white gum from a tree which when hardened will burn giving off a fragrant smell. It was burnt as an offering to God during worship, used as a medicine and a perfume. The third gift, myrrh, also a gum from thorny tree was used for healing wounds because it is antiseptic, soothes redness and relieves pain. This was a symbol of the suffering that was to follow. The day before Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas and is sometimes called Twelfth Night. In the Church calendar the Epiphany season lasts until Shrove Tuesday. Two children- Aleena Khan and Noah Field Hall were crowned king and queen for the day. They have made some great suggestions about how we can improve the school.

Mrs Spencer set a problem for the children to solve 20 + C + B + M + 16.
The children worked out what this means. Ask your child and see if they can remember. Children were randomly selected to come and try the Galette des Rois, the special Epiphany cake. Two children ( Tilly C and Samuel D) found a coin and were crowned king and queen for the day. They wrote the puzzle in chalk on the door of each classroom as a blessing.

Christingle
On our return from the Christmas holidays we had the opportunity to make Christingles. On Friday 5th January Mrs Spencer took a Christingle service.

A Christingle is a symbolic object and consists of:
-an orange representing the world;
-a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Christ;
-dried fruits skewered on cocktail sticks pushed into the orange, representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons; and
-a lit candle pushed into the centre of the orange, representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.
 
Special Celebrations.                                               
On Wednesday 16th November Mrs Jan Dasley, the kitchen manager came to our weekly WellDone Collective Worship to be presented with a very special certificate from Cygnet catering. Mrs Dasley has worked at  Toddington for 25 years. Our congratulations go to her as well as our    
thanks for all those delicious dinners!
Visitors

On Wednesday 9th November Tania Stanford and Catherine Burden representing the Methodist Church led Collective Worship about forgiveness. They did a small drama and gave examples from the Bible where forgiveness occurs.
On Monday 7th November Jo-Ann Gaunt from Impact led Collective Worship.  She talked to the children about the trust which needs to be re-built after forgiveness.
In June we are learning about 'Trust'. On Tuesday 7th June Jo-Ann Gaunt visited once again. Firstly two children  demonstrated their trust in each other .One led the other, blindfolded , across the hall. She was very impressed by the children's knowledge of the Bible story Daniel in the Lion's Den, in which Daniel had to trust in God. Harrison Breeze, Tilly Cornelius, Adithya Rao and Emily Scholes helped her to retell the story. Our thanks go to Jo-Ann and her helpers.

On Tuesday 24th May we had three visitors who are Jehovah's Witnesses visit to lead a Collective Worship.  Louise, Robert and their friend came to school. They gave the children a brief overview about what Jehovah's Witnesses believe, how they have to share their beliefs and they showed the children two videos on the Jehovah's Witness official website linked to values, one about sharing and the other about friendship.

Jo-Ann Gaunt from Impact came to lead a Collective Worship on Monday 18th April. (Impact is the working title of the Bedford Area Schools Christian Support Trust (BASCST).  It is a Christian organisation with registered charity status, working in association with Scripture Union. The aim of the Trust is to assist in the moral and spiritual development of young people in the Bedford Area, particularly in schools and in conjunction with local Churches.) We are very lucky to have her as she is usually based in Bedford schools. She told us interesting facts about the 12 disciples so that we could begin to understand how differences should be celebrated.
On Wednesday 10th February Reverend Anne came to lead Collective Worship about Ash Wednesday. She explained the significance of Ash Wednesday (as explained in the last newsletter) and with the help of Leo Stone, Noah Field-Hall,  Isla Macloed-Irvine, Kiya Bailey, Aaron Frost Bryant and Gabriel Hydes she demonstrated using the special ash from last year's palm crosses how to draw a cross on each child's forehead. The Ash was available for all those children who wanted to draw a cross on their foreheads to show their commitment if they wanted to
On Monday 9th November, Reverend Carr (Baptist Minister) came to St George's. He was 'interviewed' by Mrs Collins and explained something about his job role and the highlights and difficulties of his job. He also helped to introduce the theme of 'Forgiveness' by explaining why forgiveness was so important to him.








On Wednesday 18th November Mrs Stanford and Mrs Burden (Youth and Children: Methodist Church) came to tell us the story of the prodigal son which is a parable to illustrate how God will forgive us if we ask for His forgiveness. Mrs Stanford told us the story from the Bible with help from Freya and Aleena and Mrs Burden taught us a new hymn.

On Monday 23rd November Reverend Ann came to talk to us about preparing and journeys and she introduced us to the travelling crib, which will make its way around the village staying with some families in the run up to Christmas.

Querk lives at TSG and has a special job to teach us about festivals and celebrations. Querk goes home with different children who look after him and complete a diary entry all about their special celebration. They then share their diary entry with the school in Collective Worship.
Querk - A special visitor to your home!
Support for children and staff

We teach about three hands of support .These are to help support children and staff.
The Smile Hand. This helps us think of things we can do to improve our mental health and well being.
We think of the 5 things we can do each day to improve our well-being; walking, talking, laughing and planning.
The Spiritual Hand.  This is for people to use their hand to support the staff and children in their prayer life. The fingers represent someone they want to pray for.
The thumb - People closest to them.
The forefinger - Anyone you shows us the way in life such as teachers.
The middle finger - Leaders at school and those that are in charge of the country.
The ring finger - For those you love such as family and friends.
The little finger - Those in need.
The Support Hand.    
We use this to help us think about those people who can help us or give us support in times of need.
The hand is shared with the staff and children in class, or in Collective Worship.
 We think of 5 people we trust to think who can support us and how they can be supported if things are         
worrying them too. Each finger represents a person we trust who can help us and who we can go to and talk things through.
Faith Calendars

The Annual cycle for the Christian Calendar
All Faiths Calendar            
There is a good overview of the calendar on important events and festivals in a number of faiths available on this website.

http://www.reonline.org.uk/supporting/festivals-calendar
Religious Education (RE)

The aim of Religious Education in schools is to contribute educationally to the development of pupils as individuals and members of society by fostering a reflective approach to life in the context of a growing understanding of the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and religious practices of humanity.

RE Aims and Objectives
Religious Education encourages the informed study of religious issues and considered reflection upon experience and
Supports pupils in their personal search for meaning
Encourages pupils to reflect, to wonder and to face the mystery of life
Provides opportunities for all pupils to study Christianity and to appreciate its influence in the world and on our society
Enables all pupils to learn about world faiths and encourage them to be sensitive to the range of beliefs and religious groups in the community
Provides opportunities for pupils to explore and understand ways in which meaning is expressed e.g. symbol, image, story and
Works alongside other areas of the curriculum (e.g. dance, drama, music, art, literature)

RE and the Development of Skills
An understanding of the complexities of religion depends upon the development of a wide range of skills. These skills are developed over the whole area of the school curriculum
Higher level thinking skills
Personal; knowledge of self, others and things
Empathy; entering another’s experience
Artistic response; painting, poetry, dance and
Communication; language skills, conveying meaning and organising knowledge

RE and the Development of Attitudes

Children are given the opportunity to develop positive attitudes towards religion
Open to life; questioning, reflective, committed to search for meaning
Looking at life; interest in different ways of looking at life and
How others see life; respect, sympathy for those with different views
Organisation of RE
The Religious Education program develops knowledge alongside appropriate skills and attitudes. It consists of two attainment targets
Learning about Religion
Learning from Religion
RE Agreed Syllabus
We have adopted the RE Agreed Syllabus for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton 2012-2017. This is supplemented by Understanding Christianity a resource to support the teaching of Christianity in Religious Education.
RE Days
On Friday 7th October 2016 we had a special RE day at school. There were four main aims for the day. Creating a class reflective/ prayer space, writing a class prayer, creating a values canvas with this year's values and completing work on Fruits of the Spirit.
Reflective Spaces
Each class spent some time creating a reflective space. Children are innately curious about life. They naturally ask the big questions about life and have a sense of wonder. These help them develop their own sense of identity and self-worth.  Reflective/ prayer spaces in school enable children of all faith or none to explore these life questions, spirituality and faith in a safe way. Children can develop skills of personal reflection and if they want to explore prayer in a safe environment.

Each class wrote a class prayer/ words to reflect on together.

This is the prayer written by Robin's class. When we pray together children are invited to pray only if they want to, if not they are asked to reflect on the words.
Each class took one of this year's values and made a canvas to be displayed in the hall.
Canvas Values
The main focus of the day was Fruit of the Spirit.
Mrs Spencer led a Collective Worship introducing the Biblical teaching on the Fruit of the Spirit by relating them to real fruits.

What is the Fruit of the Spirit?
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Each of these is a characteristic of the Holy Spirit's active presence in our daily activities.
Children completed a range of activities; games, drama, discussion and art to reflect on these characteristics which are the Fruit of the Spirit.
During the day Mrs Spencer and Mrs Curtis (Governor) completed learning walks to see what the children were thinking about. They were very impressed by children's thinking. Thanks go to Mrs Curtis for her time.

Quotes from the children included :Fintan explained how a jelly fish is an excellent example of perseverance because they have such a long life and have to keep feeding. This inspired his classmates with further ideas. .Dillan explained how Batman was a good example of justice as he always fights for justice. At the end of the day we came back together as a school to share our thinking and it was a lovely celebration of what we had achieved. Thanks go to the staff for all their hard work in planning and supporting this day.
'Light of the World'

On Thursday 19th November 2015 we held our annual Religious Education Day. This year the theme of the day was 'Light of the World'.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage the children considered the 'Big Question 'What lights up the dark? In Nursery and Reception the children thought about how they felt in the dark and what lights up the dark.
They heard and discussed the story of 'Can't you sleep Little Bear?' During activities they thought particularly about stars, especially the star which guided the way in the Nativity story.
In Key Stage One the children considered the Big Question 'Why is light an important symbol to Christians? The children compared light and dark and thought about feelings in the dark and sources of light. They thought about how light is used in both Christian celebrations and the celebrations in other faiths. The children created candle holders to symbolise what they had learnt about Jesus being the light of the world. In some classes they also learnt songs to summarise their learning.
In Key Stage Two the children benefitted from having two experts from Springs Dance company visit. The hour long dance workshop for each class consisted of a warm up, a reading from the Bible sharing the passage about Jesus as the light of the world and thinking about how they can share the light. The dance they created as individuals, in groups and as a class consisted of movements to show the light shooting from them out into the world. A video of the dance will be on the RE and Collective Worship tab of the website.
In Year three the children also thought about the importance of light, learnt a song and created a giant prayer display and in Year Four children thought about other leading lights to them and the importance of  light in the Jewish faith.
John 8:12 English Standard Version  (ESV).

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever  follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
RE Visits
St Albans Visit
On Friday 21st October the children in Year Two visited St Albans Cathedral. Toddington St George C of E School is a part of the St Albans.

The children took part in the celebrations trail. They thought about which things may be part of different celebrations- presents, candles, cake and party hats. They learnt about weddings and
even witnessed pretend marriage ceremonies, complete with veil, ring, flowers and confetti. The children saw the font and heard more about baptism and joining Gods family. They also listened to and acted out the story of St Alban. The cathedral was very busy and the children's behaviour was exemplary. Well done Year two.
Harvest at St Albans Cathedral

On Tuesday 4th October Mrs Archer and Mrs Spencer took the Key Stage Two choir to the Harvest Celebration at St Albans Cathedral. The following children attended: Aimee Beaton, Aleena Khan, Amelia Porzio, Ayla Kiamil, Ava Cunningham, Charlotte Walker, Clara Roberts, Dagma Caygill, Daisy Harding, Ella Grumoli, Emily Scholes, Emma Laird, Faith Kenny, Georgia O'Donnell, Grace Laird, Holly Conway, Isla Macloed-Irvine, Isobel Squires, Jack Townley, Jaida Bullock, Jasmine Smith, Jemima Cornelius, Jessica Dudley, Lucy Archer, Mollie Evans, Rose Cozens, Roxy Schapp-Garratt, Tilly Cornelius and Yiiah Williams. They joined in the service singing and six pupils also contributed a reading which they also did at our service in school
St Georges Church

On Monday 21st March Year Two visited St Georges Church for the Easter experience. The children were greeted by Reverend Anne and her helpers who supported the children with different activities linked to the Easter story. The children went to different stations which focussed on each part of the Easter story, the garden of Gethsemane, the last supper, the crucifixion and so on. The children thought about the symbols of the Easter story, especially the cross. The children came back to school with a palm cross and a chocolate Easter Egg!
Creative Prayer Session for Year Three

Reverend Anne hosted volunteers from Scripture Union who were leading a Creative Prayer Session for Year Three Pupils. On Friday 5th February The Year three pupils were escorted to St Georges Church where 5 different prayer stations had been established.

The children then had a short time at one prayer station before moving to the next. The prayer stations included
Station one: Prayer tree - write a prayer to/about someone special and hang it on a prayer tree.
Station two: Make prayers for friends on friendship flowers out of paper, fold the petals into the centre then place them on a small bowl of water to watch them open.
Station three: Prayer hands - cut out and make prayer hands with opening flaps revealing the meaning of the Lord's Prayer.
Station four: Find and discuss places they have visited on a world map. Then discuss the problems, or how they celebrate religion.
Station five: Good thing/bad thing - words on paper hands to sort into how they should treat others or what they shouldn't do to others and why.

Children and staff alike reported how calm and peaceful this special time made them feel. Our thanks go to Reverend Anne for hosting the event, Jo-Ann Gaunt for organising the event and all of the willing volunteers who kindly gave their time.
Religious Education-Year Four Faith Tour

On Wednesday 13th January the children in Year Four had the exciting opportunity to go on a Faith tour to visit a church, a Mosque and a Gurdwara. In Queens Park, Bedford they went to All Saints Parish Church, Jamia Masjid Gulshane Baghdad (Westbourne Road Mosque) and Guru Nanak Gurdwara.
On their return to school the children in Year Four thought about some of the key features of each place of worship and then the similarities and differences between them.
Children's quotes from the trip.

'In the Gurdwara you take your shoes off and there are 10 Guru Teachers. The chauri keeps flies away from the Holy Book'
'There were organ pipes in the church. There was a lady altar. The church was about 104 years old.    
There were a lot of candles in the church because Jesus was the Light of the World'.

'There was a prayer carpet inside the Mosque. Qur'an is the Holy Book in the Mosque. You would pray five times a day and on Friday it's six times a day.

'The Gurdwara had ten Gurus. In the Gurdwara there was a kitchen. The Holy Book had its own    
bedroom. It looked fancy'.
Jamie B
Our RE policy is available to view on the Policies tab of the website
British Values
How we celebrate our British culture and values in school
Toddington St George Church of England School is a school with a strong commitment to serving our local community. Each individual I n school is valued and respected and our aim to "Light at spark in every child" represents our wish for all children to excel and be recognised in their own right.

Children love to experience events that celebrate from a range of faiths, cultures and languages but also love the uniquely British events we enjoy each year. Many of the activities are linked to our role in the village community and in our support of village events/village community groups. British culture, values and identity are woven into our school life and our curriculum .In addition as we celebrate the church year we include many events, service and festivals that are embedded within British culture.

Toddington St George CE School has clear values based on our Church of England trust deed and these underpin our ethos, our mission statement and our behaviour policy. These values are based on values our Governors, staff and parents believe to include key values of British society such as tolerance ,respect, freedom ,democracy, justice, the rule of law and  liberty and community/collective responsibility.(see Values cycle below). Obviously dates of some religious festivals change and that determines when some events are held but the table below represents many of the annual events in school in which British culture, values and identity are enjoyed and learnt from.

Our school is a happy, busy place and are a school with children and staff who have a range of faiths, represent a range of cultures and who speak a range of languages. We have our approach to be enriching for all as it teaches tolerance and respect for the differences in our community and the wider world. We understand the vital role we play in ensuring that groups and individuals within the school are not subject to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly or illegally, influence them
SIAMS
Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
As a Church of England School we regularly have a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Our last two inspections were in 2013 and 2008 and on both occasions the school was awarded an outstanding grade. The inspection covers:

" How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
" What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
" How effective is the Religious Education?
" How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
Our last SIAMS inspection report is available to view on the SIAMS tab on the front page of the website.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC)
Spiritual development relates to that aspect of inner life through which pupils acquire insights into their personal experience which are of enduring worth.

Moral development is about the building, by pupils, of a framework of moral values which regulates their personal behaviour. It is also about the development of pupils' understanding of society's shared and agreed values.

Social development is about young people working effectively with each other and participating successfully in the community as a whole. It is about the development of the skills and personal qualities necessary for living and working together. It is about functioning effectively in a multi-racial, multi-cultural society.

Cultural development is about pupils' understanding their own culture and other cultures in their town, region and in the country as a whole. It is about understanding cultures represented in Europe and elsewhere in the world.                    
Our SMSC Policy is available to view on the Polices tab of our website
On 30th January 2017 another group of children presented an act of worship for the school. Jacob Leigh, Lewis Batt, George Davidson, Mollie Evans, Clara Roberts, Mark Wilson and Yiiah Williams taught the school the hearing impaired sign for hope. They shared their hopes for themselves and the world, they read a poem about hope and two stories from the Bible, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. They also included a hymn, prayer and a power point presentation.  Thanks go to the group for doing such a great job
On Monday 3rd March another group prepared and delivered their act of worship to the school all about Endurance. Daniel DeFillipo, Lara Hastings, Seth Massink, Roxy Schapp-Garrett,
Jaida Bullock, Molly Simpson and  Faith Kenny. They were also supported by Clara Roberts who was unfortunately absent on the day. Their act of worship included examples of times when people have to endure difficulties and what they can do during these times; the story of Noah from the old Testament in the bible including all the difficulties Noah had to endure; the story of Mary Macloed- Bethune a true story of a young black woman who had to endure all sorts of difficulties and how she overcame them; reference to the games
of snakes and ladders and how it illustrates life's ups and downs and finally power point presentations including  dramas and quotes. The children were very independent in writing and practising their Worship and should be commended on the great job they did. Well done to all!
Easter Service
 
On Tuesday 4th April Mrs Spencer led our Easter Service. Mr
Curtis came and talked to the children about 'Easter Joy'. There were contributions from Isla Macloed-Irvine who sang a very
moving solo of 'When I think about the cross'.
 
Imogen Collins led the singing for 'Roll back the Stone' and Dagmar Caygill lead the singing for 'King of the Jews' , both songs from the Year Three Easter play.
 
Lucy Archer led the Easter prayer and Amy Davies did a Bible reading.
 
Thanks go to Mr Curtis for his support and finishing our service with a blessing.
Christmas Performances

On Monday 5th December the children in Reception performed their Nativity Play *** to the school. On Tuesday  6th December they performed again, this time to their grown ups. They did everyone proud learning their songs and words.
The Year Two children Performed their Nativity 'A Way in a Manger' to the school on Wednesday 7th December and their grown- ups on Thursday 8th December. The children performed a very professional show. Well done to them.
This year the children in Year Four performed a play called 'The Peace Child'. They sang and acted beautifully to the school and their grown ups on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th December respectively.
Travelling Crib
We were very fortunate in December to have a special travelling crib in school. Our thanks go to Tania Stanford from the Methodist Church for the kind donation of the beautiful basket with knitted figures, Nativity book, information and stable colouring sheet. This year the travelling crib visited every class and was taken home by some children so that they could experience and share the Christmas story in a very hands on way.
Year Three Easter Performance
On Tuesday 28th March Year Three pupils performed their Easter play 'Roll back the Stone' to their families having performed it to the school on the previous day. The children learnt lines, acted and sang songs to retell the story of Easter week and to explain the Easter as more than just chocolate treats. There were also a number of solo performances. The children did an amazing job in a busy week which  also included learning futures, so many congratulations to them and thanks to the grown ups who supported them. A special thank you goes to Mr Townley who played the piano for them, such a delight.
Easter Service
 On Tuesday 4th April Mrs Spencer led our Easter Service. Mr
Curtis came and talked to the children about 'Easter Joy'. There were contributions from Isla Macloed-Irvine who sang a very
moving solo of 'When I think about the cross'.
 
Imogen Collins led the singing for 'Roll back the Stone' and Dagmar Caygill lead the singing for 'King of the Jews' , both songs from the Year Three Easter play.
 
Lucy Archer led the Easter prayer and Amy Davies did a Bible reading.
 
Thanks go to Mr Curtis for his support and finishing our service with a blessing.