DISTINCTIVENESS & WORSHIP

SUBJECT LEADER PROFILE

Mrs McConkey is our ‘Church Distinctiveness’ leader and realises the importance of children developing as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to not only their school but wider society. She is a long standing teacher at St. Thomas and has taught most of the children in school as she was the nursery teacher. She sees how the children develop as individuals and then as they grow older how they value others in their class and school and then begin to realise that they can make a difference in the wider community. It is wonderful to see the children flourish and become ready to take the next steps on their journey in life.

CURRICULUM INTENT STATEMENT
As a ‘Church Voluntary Controlled School’ at St. Thomas’ we aim to provide opportunities for all children to develop as independent, confident, successful learners with high aspirations who know how to make a positive contribution to their school and the wider society. There is a high focus on developing children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural understanding through the Christian message of love and celebration of humanity. Our Christian ethos permeates all we do, as we value every member of our school community regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or faith. Our environment ensures that all children feel welcome and can flourish and that are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

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WORSHIP AT ST. THOMAS’

At St. Thomas’ we seek to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and social development of pupils based on the Christian values with God being at the heart of all we do. We do this by using the Imaginor document ‘Roots and Fruits’ which focuses on 12 Christian values over a two year cycle.

Worship at St.Thomas’ is an integral part of school life, with the children partaking in Key Stage worship and class worship throughout the week. Worship forms a very special part of daily life in school, whether we gather together as a whole school family or spend time together in our classes or Key Stages. It is a time to learn from Bible stories and events, share an understanding of God’s love and relate the message and its values to our everyday lives. It is also a time for prayer and reflection and an opportunity to refer to current world-wide events or issues which may, or may not, affect our lives. Worship is also a time of praise and music naturally enhances this. Music has a strong tradition at St. Thomas’ with us being a Gold Arts Mark school and Platinum Sing Up school.

Every Friday we hold a ‘Golden Friday Worship’. Here we celebrate as a whole school! At the beginning of a new term Father Martin or Mr. Cannon are invited into school to introduce the new half term value. Classes are also chosen to lead worship relating to our half termly value, seasonal event or religious festival.

OVERVIEW

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POLICY

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SIAMS REPORT

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