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‘Learning and Achieving Together in a Caring Community’ "Do to others what you want them to do to you" - Matthew 7:12
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Ann Edwards Church Of England Primary School. 

 

‘Learning and Achieving Together in a Caring Community’   

‘Do to others what you would want them to do to you’ Matthew 7:12

 

Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School provides the highest quality education within the context of caring Christian beliefs and practices; in partnership with our local church ‘ All Hallows’  Ann Edwards C of E Primary School is a creative , nurturing inclusive community shaped by our vision for spiritual growth and our Christian values. Children of any faith, or none, are given the opportunity to develop their own spirituality, valuing wisdom, growing in hope, showing respect and exploring big questions

 

The Church of England has always been concerned with education in many forms and the history of Church schools began when the National Society for the Promotion of Education was founded in 1811.

“A community school with a distinctive Christian character.”

  • The ethos of the schools is based on distinctively Christian values
  • Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not just important because they are members of the school but also because they are seen as unique individuals within God’s creation
  • Church schools recognise that as well as academic and emotional intelligence human beings also have spiritual intelligence
  • The values of our country have their roots in the Christian faith.
  • That distinctive difference will be rooted in Christian values that affect the way everyone behaves and in the way everyone is respected.
  • Areas for reflection which contain school prayers and prayers that the children have created themselves.
  • Greater emphasis on links with the local parish church
  • Church schools encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience that they offer all pupils.

Our Christian Values  

Our Value themes – Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School

At Ann Edwards Church of England Primary School, our aim and purpose is summed up in our schools vision statement :-

 

 ‘Learning and achieving together  in a caring environment ‘.

We are a caring and happy school that encourages everyone, both children and staff, to give their best.

 

Our vision for Ann Edwards C of E Primary School is based on a foundation of Christian values and principles which include respect, creativity, compassion, responsibility, courage, truthfulness, and perseverance. They form the basis of the spiritual, social, intellectual, emotional and moral development of our children. These values are addressed through specific lessons, assemblies and collective acts of worship, but we also embed these ideals throughout the whole curriculum. We encourage the whole school community to take greater responsibility for their own behaviour, actions and learning. As adults, we lead by example and demonstrate to the children that we care for them, have a positive perception of them, understand their feelings and listen to their views. We strive to create a positive climate for all within the school, where everyone is valued and respected and where disrespectful attitudes and actions are challenged should they arise. It is important, as the children grow up, that they learn to choose, develop and deepen their own positive values and consider the implications of their choices in relation to themselves, the communities of which they are a part, and society at large.

 

We have twelve main themes, which form the basis of our ‘Values’ work in school, are:- 

 

Term

Year A 

Year B 

1

Friendship

Perseverance

2

Generosity

Service

3

Compassion and Humility

Thankfulness and Creativity

4

Forgiveness

Trust and Responsibility

5

Respect and Peace

Truthfulness

6

Courage and Hope

Justice and Wisdom

 

These values are presented one for each of the six terms. We work on a two year cycle. Links between the values are referred to at all times, as and when appropriate. This helps the children to realise that values are connected to each other and also to recognise how those links can be made. Whatever the theme, the whole school community should be encouraged to see these values in the light of the way they behave and the decisions they make.

Home / School Links to Our Values 

Below are some stories and ideas linked to each of the Values we teach the children in school. Each link has stories, activities and questions you may like to explore with your child and as a family. We hope you enjoy them. 

 

 

Term 2  2019

Our current Value is

  Service. 

 

Collective Worship

Collective Worship

 

Our daily collective worship is central and an important part of the school day for staff and pupils. Children are actively encouraged to engage in collective worship as well as lead collective worship. Each day we hold a different type of Christian based worship that fosters pupil’s spiritual development. Everyone is welcome, of all faiths and none. We call upon a range of links in the community and resources to support worship. Values based collective worship uses materials created by Imaginor publications or the Values for Life materials created by Jumping Fish publications of Gloucestershire Diocese. We use the Understanding Christianity project at school as part of our Religious Education programme, but often use it to enable children to ‘see’ where Bible stories are in the Old or New Testaments.

Collective worship provides a space and a place for the telling of the Christian story, the mutual giving and receiving of worth as well as times of reflection and prayer. We aim for our collective worship to be inspirational and transformational.

 

Collective Worship Weekly Timetable:

 

DAY / TIME

Focus

LEAD

Monday 9:05am

Whole school & all staff

Value of the Term

Roots and Fruits.

Head , Rev. McKenzie or RE Subject Lead

Tuesday 9.10 am

Whole school

Bible stories & learning from them

Open the book team

(Children actively involved )

Wednesday 10.10 am

Whole school

Values Based Stories

Linked to the current Value of the Term

Class Teachers

Thursday 10:10am

Class worship – all staff

Worship through song or Class Assembly

Music Subject Lead or Class teachers and children

Friday 2.30pm

Whole school & staff

Celebration worship & reflecting upon the week – a time for personal reflection.

 Child Led

Head or Deputy Head

Prayer and Prayer Spaces

Prayer is very important to us at Ann Edwards CE Primary School and there is a dedicated prayer / reflection station in the school entrance this is used by children and members of the school community to offer personal prayers.
Each class has a space for prayers or reflections and this is also used to think about our school values or to explore faith and spirituality in a safe, creative and interactive way.
Throughout the school year we have dedicated days to develop pupils’ awareness of and opportunities for prayer through Prayer Spaces. As the Prayer Spaces have developed the children’s involvement and contributions have significantly increased and this is reflected in the level and nature of responses children give. These are special times to pray and reflect together. 

 

 

 

 

 

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