St Martin's C of E - Church

St Martin’s CE School

We work closely with St Martin’s Church and benefit from the support they give us. We are fortunate to be able to hold services there on a regular basis. Children also visit the church as part of their learning. The clergy and our friends from the Church are frequent visitors to the school.

In school we aim to give the children a chance to explore spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs. We encourage the children to participate through listening to and joining in the worship offered. There is always something to think about and reflect on. In school we try to give the children a broad background to the Christian faith so that they can make a decision about it themselves when they are ready. We encourage children to think which is started in nursery with their thinking tree!

One of the ways we teach our Core Christian Values is through bible stories

 

Year Group

Bible Story

Value

Reception

Noah

 

Thankfulness

Year 1

Jonah and the Whale

 

Trust

Year 2

The Creation Story

Genesis Ch 1

Creativity

Year 3

Joseph

 

Hope

Year 4

The Prodigal Son

 

Forgiveness

Year 5

Moses

 

Courage

Year 6

The Good Samaritan

 

Compassion

This is echoed in our mosaic in the school entrance both on the carpet and on the wall which is based on Bible stories the children learn each year at school. Knowing the stories from the Bible is an important part of our school ethos.

 

The children are encouraged to explore our values during learning and each class has a series of questions attached to each value to ask the children. We encourage our children to practice good manners and model this. Children who have followed our Golden Rules and our Core Christian Values have their names written in the Golden Book. These children are celebrated in front of the whole school with parents/carers/relations present.

 

We have a group of children called, ‘Light the Candle’ in school. This group of children, usually from Year 6, plan and take an assembly on several Mondays in the term. They are facilitated by members of other faiths such as Methodism.

Our collective worship themes which are linked to our core values are based on the weekly readings heard in church, the Anglican Lectionary, stories from the Bible, our school values and current events.

We are fortunate to have the ‘Open the Book’ team in school on a weekly basis. This amazing group of people, from different local churches, perform stories from the Bible. Several children are often invited to help them as well. The stories are brought to life as the characters dress up and use interesting props. There is always an opportunity for reflection at the end.