‘At the heart of our Christian school is the child’
Together we are committed to:-
- Celebrating our unique and special place in the eyes of God.
- Loving and caring for each other and the world around us.
- Inspiring the joy of learning and helping our children to achieve their full potential.
- Nurturing and developing the whole child; valuing their unique contribution.
This can be summarized as:
‘Inspiring Faith, Love and Learning’
We feel that this statement sums up succinctly what we wish to achieve at St Thomas’ for our school
St Thomas' CE Primary School offers an approach to education that is distinctively Christian. We aim to serve the community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotesChristian values through the experience we offer all pupils.
At St Thomas' CE Primary School, we aim to make learning an exciting and engaging experience, through a range of first hand opportunities, both through working with a range of visitors to school, and by taking part in interesting visits and experiences to enrich the curricuculum.
We try, wherever possible, to bring Christian values and teaching into the classroom, and to the children's wider experiences outside the classroom.
These have included:
- The Christmas Experience at St Thomas' Church
- The Easter Labyrinth in school
- The Year 6 Leavers' Service at Chester Cathedral
- Working with a range of visiting artists
- Pilgrim's Day at Chester Cathedral
- Participation in Stockton Heath Walking Day
Religious Education at St Thomas' CE Primary School
Teaching should always aim to engage and challenge each learner in both Learning About Religion (AT1) and Learning From Religion (AT2) areas. Opportunities for discussion, questioning and reflection are essential elements of the teaching of Religious Education at our school. Through the effective teaching of Religious Education we aim to pose and provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and nature of reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human.
We would also wish to encourage pupils to learn from different religions, beliefs, values and traditions while exploring their own beliefs and questions of meaning.
Information about what is taught in each year group can be found in the RE Scheme of Work and Religious Education Policy documents below.
Collective Worship at St Thomas' CE Primary School
Our central aims of collective worship (as detailed in the Diocesan guidelines) are to:
- Enable children and staff to explore and celebrate the differences and diversity found in the variety of forms of worship in the Anglican Christian tradition.
- Lead the school community to the ‘threshold of worship’ in order for them to make an informed choice about their own involvement and to consider their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Seek to deepen and widen the experience of those of ‘faith’ and encourage those of ‘no faith’ so that they begin to feel for themselves something of what it means to worship.
- Use celebration, silence, stilling, reflection, contemplation, meditation, prayer, song, symbols and imagery as vehicles for worship and spiritual growth.
- Provide opportunities for the whole school community to address God directly through Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit through acknowledging his presence, reflecting upon his character and giving Him praise and honour.
- Use a vocabulary of worship that encourages the whole school community to attend, participate and lead worship.
- Encourage all present to explore their own beliefs and understanding of God within a Christian framework by learning more about the Christian faith and by encountering Christ through worship.
- Raise awareness through reflection of the ultimate questions of life relating to matters of faith.
- Reaffirm, strengthen and practise key Christian values. (e.g. love, peace, compassion, forgiveness, self-giving) and celebrate each unique individual member of the school community as made in the image of God.
- Nurture and encourage respect and care for God's created world by promoting a positive attitude to environmental issues locally, nationally and globally.
- Seek to provide opportunities for spiritual, social and moral development that is characterised be feelings such as awe, wonder, being uplifted, elation, appreciation, gratitude, respect, and reverence.
- Develop a sense of community within the school, the locality, (e.g. local church) and foster the sense of being part of a wider community though the celebration of achievements, festivals and special occasions.
- Foster a concern for the needs of others
Worship is led by a range of people within school and from the local family of churches. Vicar Michael, Reverend Lore, Reverend Mark and Ray Tate regularly lead worship for the children and staff. Children also take part in developing, writing and leading special services, such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter at St Thomas' Church for the other children and members of the wider school community.