Christian Distinctiveness and Ethos
Our 6 core Christian values are fully embedded and run through every aspect of daily school life. They form an integral part of collective worship, where each value is introduced and explored through selected Bible references, particularly through the parables and teaching of Jesus Christ. Our values help to shape the behaviour, conversations and relationships amongst all pupils and staff within our school. Each of our values is represented by a symbol which is instantly recognisable by all members of our school community.
‘pupils recalled the example presented in the parable of the prodigal son. Because of this, distinctive Christian values are having a positive impact on pupil’s academic achievements, personal development and well-being.’
SIAMS report (May 2017) (when looking at the value of forgiveness)
At St. Michael’s we follow the Guildford Diocesan Religious Education Guidelines for Voluntary Aided Church of England schools for EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/education/christian-distinctiveness/religious-education/religious-education-guidelines
Our aim for Religious Education is to help each pupil
- to acquire and develop a secure knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other world faiths (mainly Islam and Judaism);
- to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape lives and behaviours;
- to have respect for different faiths and cultures and to highlight the important similarities between faiths, as well as the differences;
- to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We make our lessons challenging, inspiring and reflective, which will equip our pupils to be ready for whatever the future may hold.
Religious Education is given high priority within our broad and balanced curriculum. Through using a variety of teaching techniques, including drama, art, discussion, use of artefacts, stories, pictures, periods of stillness and reflection, pupils have opportunities to learn not just about religion but also from religion. Pupils are also given many opportunities to interact and respond to ‘Big’ theological questions, ideas and beliefs.
Throughout their time at St Michael’s, pupils take part in a variety of themed ‘Pause’ days. These special days allow pupils and staff to ask, discuss and answer important questions and ideas. Our cross curricular approach allows the children to explore these questions and ideas through art, literacy and music.