Our Ethos

The School Ethos & Mission Statement

We believe that Christianity is central to our life at Eastoft Church of England Primary School. Our ethos is based upon the Christian values of love, joy and trust from which our other values emerge (peace, forgiveness, reconciliation, justice and respect). Through membership of our school community we hope that our children will discover and experience a Christian way of life. Religious Education is seen as an integral part of school life. RE lessons provide a programme of factual knowledge, skills and ideas which utilise the child’s own ability, experience, knowledge and understanding and interest through observation, questioning and responding.

Through our detailed plan for SMSC education and the importance of fundamental British Values we prepare our children for life in modern Britain.

Opportunities are provided for our children to experience the presence of God through Collective Worship, prayer times, visits and reflection time.

Where issues arise the school will deal with them sensitively in line with our Christian values. We will draw on the church and diocesan resources whenever needed.

We take pride in building positive relationships amongst our family which strengthens our Christian ethos.

Reviewed October 2017

Collective Worship

At Eastoft Church of England School we believe that collective worship is a focal point, and this is how we begin our school day with a time of reflection and worship.  

Each term a new value is introduced and focused on. This term we are focusing on the value courage, We have discussed what courage means, before reading a number of Bible stories related to courage including Moses and the burning bush, and Esther the brave. This value is reflected during our class worship time. 

Each week we use the programme picture news to look at the local and national stories. Picture news exposes children to a range of current issues including political, religious, social, moral and spiritual. Picture news also makes British values relevant and meaningful.  

Each week we use Roots and Fruits and 2 which focuses on the life and teaching of Jesus. This term we are focusing on people Jesus meets including John the Baptist, Zacchaeus and the teachers in the temple. 

Our collective worship is based on a creative approach and allows opportunities for storytelling, poems, photographs, paintings, as well as time for reflection and prayer. 

The contribution of our children in collective worship is an embedded and fundamental part.

  
  
MondayRoots and Fruits 1 – termly value
TuesdayPicture News
WednesdayClass worship 
ThursdayRoots and Fruits 2 – life and teaching of Jesus
FridayCelebration worship 

Worship Leaders

These are children from Key Stage 2 who lead aspects of collective worship. 

 The place of collective worship in the life of the school

Collective worship is central to the life of our Christian community. As a result all children, staff, parents and governors have the opportunity to engage in worship experiences.

We endorse the belief that collective worship takes account of the religious and educational needs of all who share in it.

  •  Those who form part of a worshipping community in a church
  • Those for whom school may be their first and only experience of church
  • Those from other Christian traditions or none
  • Those from other faith backgrounds
  • Children and adults

Legal Requirements

There is a daily act of worship for all pupils which in line with the school’s Christian ethos.

The arranging of daily collective worship is the responsibility of the governing body which is delegated to the headteacher.

Parents have the right to withdraw their child should they wish to do so and in this event the school will ensure the child is appropriately supervised.

Worship Leaders

A special reverence for beliefs, values and achievements of ultimate worth.

  • A response to the supreme being
  • Response..prayer…song….dance…talk….pupil preparation
  • Communal activity
  • Reflection
  • Part of the ‘big picture’
  • A planned part of the day
  • Assigning worth, value or importance to someone or something
  • Inclusive
  • Informs the values of the school….community cohesion
  • Distinctly Christian
  • A legal requirement
  • SMSC
  • Inclusive of the ideals of other faiths and traditions

Special Events

The children lead celebration services in St Bartholomew’s Church at all major festivals which are open to the wider community including Harvest, Christmas, and Christingle. These are well attended and we seek feedback as a form of evaluation. 

Responding

The school uses strategies such as prayer boards in classrooms, and a main reflective area in the hall which provides a focal point for children and an opportunity to respond spiritually.