We are extremely proud to be a Church of England School and have a close partnership with the Parish of St. Mary’s and the Diocese of Derby. We believe that all children should have ‘life in all its fullness’ John 10:10.
Our school values are rooted in the Christian ethos summed up in the following:
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
We all want the very best life opportunities for our pupils. Through perseverance in times of challenge we can succeed. Although academic success is important, we value most that our pupils revel in the awe and wonder of God’s creation. We wish for all our pupils to have compassion for others and live out God’s plan that he has for each of us.
Further information can be found about the diocese here: Derby Diocesan Board of Education – Derby Diocesan Board of Education Website (derbydbe.org)
We are passionate about delivering thoughtful, thought provoking and inspiring Collective Worship. We have daily collective worship. Each half term we have a value that forms the theme for the worship led by Mr Robson.
We invite all children to take part in Collective Worship, but are incredibly inclusive and give children choices, options and independence in how they join in, reflect and learn with us.
This is a complex and abstract concept, which is unique to each of us. We believe that spirituality is the opening of hearts and minds, through reflection, and the questioning of the world. It is the opportunity for us to discuss and challenge the wonder and the challenges we see in our world.
We deliver RE lessons, using the Understanding Christianity scheme (https://www.understandingchristianity.org.uk/teachers-and-schools/local-syllabus-discovery-re-schemes-work/) Each Understanding Christianity unit is introduced through a ‘Big Question’. Each lesson builds through a carefully planned sequence of objectives, to support pupils with reflecting on the Big Question. Lessons refer to the big frieze, created by artist, Emma Yarlett. The frieze is used to support pupils in building coherence about key concepts and how they relate to each other.(https://www.understandingchristianity.org.uk/the-project/the-big-frieze-emma-yarlett/)
Pupils are also taught about World Faiths. Lessons are progressive and follow the Derby Agreed Syllabus: building-progression-through-your-agreed-re-syllabus.pdf (derbyshire.gov.uk)
The long-term plans set out a clear sequence of learning. Supplementary planning and lesson ideas are taken from: Derbyshire and Derby City Agreed
We incorporate the values of the Church of England into our curriculum and daily practice. As a staff we have considered how we develop:
Wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
Hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
Community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
Dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
At the start of each unit, we share the Big Question and set out the ‘sticky knowledge’ that outlines the key learning we want pupils to have retained. RE is assessed by reflecting on the Big Question. Pupils complete an activity showing their response to what they have learned. As the curriculum is a spiral curriculum, pupils have several opportunities to revisit key learning and build upon their prior knowledge.