The importance of the RE Curriculum and Collective Worship
As a Church of England school, our vision clearly shows that we want all children to reach their God-given potential in a nurturing Christian environment. St. Michael’s wants all children to flourish and our RE curriculum and Collective Worship is at the heart of what we do. If you look at our Teaching and Learning Principles, you will see that our first core intention is that RE teaching is theologically challenging and Collective Worship supports children in their spiritual development. RE, theological literacy, spirituality and collective worship are at the heart of all we do. Our Vision is lived out educationally within our Teaching and Learning Principles with theological literacy and worship at its core.
The importance of Spirituality at St. Michael’s
Through creating a secure and nurturing Christian environment, we provide every pupil with the opportunity to reach their full, God-given potential. As a Church of England primary school, we are made in God’s image and know that by partnering with the Church, home and the local community, that our pupils will flourish not just academically, but spiritually.
Spirituality and the faith that our pupils, staff and parents have are all equally valued and widely celebrated across the school.
At. St. Michael’s we ensure that all members of staff who are new to the school receive effective induction and develop an understanding of what it means to work in a Church school. Furthermore, we plan professional development to ensure that the teaching and delivery of RE remains on par with other core subjects and this has resulted in the school demonstrating that we are innovative in practice, working in partnership with the church and other schools locally and nationally.
Kick London – A Christian Based Sports Organisation
In addition to the schools Christian input we also have a positive cross-curricular link through ‘Kick London’.
Kick London is a Christian based sporting organisation who supports the school with dance, gymnastics and after school sports clubs and they have a clear Christian focus. The leaders are an important part of our school community and fully support and adhere to our Mission and Vision and all that it stands for being a Church school.
Parent Voice: What makes St. Michael’s a distinctive Church school?
“St. Michael’s is distinctive as a church school because the children learn to pray in every situation, as a class, as a school and before meals. Their faith and learning are brilliantly intertwined in everything they do.”
“I love the way faith is integrated into so many aspects of school, including outstanding P.E. teachers from Kick London.”
“I really value the close connection between school and St Michael’s Church. The children are able to enjoy things like the Carols and Easter services and learning about God in a fun relevant way.”
“The beauty of St Michael’s school is that it encourages a strong community spirit of working together for the good of others. My daughter has formed her own motto from the teaching she has received which is ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’.”
“The Christian ethos of the school is best represented for me by the children’s respect for each other. From the eldest to the youngest, they show true care and thought in their actions.”
“I am encouraged to know that the Christian values my children learn at home are nurtured, supported and developed when they come to St Michael’s School.”
“It is great to see how the school teaches kindness and to show God’s love through connections with organisations like Love In A Box and the local food bank.”
“I love that my daughter spends her day in a school where she is constantly reminded of Jesus. She has so many opportunities to express her faith and learn what it truly means to be a Christian.”
Photo-stories demonstrating our distinctive nature as Church school and Worship
Please have a look at sour distinctive monitoring overview here that link in with our RE teaching and Worship: