Our Church Academy – Christian Distinctiveness
Our Christian Distinctiveness
Our Ethos and Values
Our Christian values and vision are at the core of everything we do. They provide the foundation upon which children can develop as individuals and aspire to be the best they can be. This links to our ‘Learning without Limits’ ethos where we believe no child should ever have a limit put on their learning. We passionately believe that everyone is capable of extraordinary and incredible things. We believe that each child should aim to be the best they can be and we aim to provide them with a range of opportunities to achieve this.
St. Anne’s Vision
‘Learn to Love…Love to Learn’
This is based upon the message in the book of Corinthians.
“Love is Patient, Love is Kind, Love Never Fails – 1 Corinthians 13”
We believe that everything we do within the school and for our wider school community comes from love. Love for others, love for ourselves, love for God and love for the world which God created and everything in it. We believe that when children feel loved, safe and secure they can learn and we strive to ensure all our children feel this within our school. We seek to develop the highest levels of academic achievement and personal well-being within a loving Christian context. We aim to provide a stimulating learning atmosphere in which the potential of all can be realised. We recognise and cherish our role within the wider community and seek to build strong links between home, school and local community.
Worship and Daily prayer
Our daily worship allows the whole school to come together as one and grow spiritually through the experiences of prayer, stillness, song and reflection.
‘Go in peace to ‘Learn to Love and to Love to Learn’ is said at the end of every worship following our closing prayer.
Children are encouraged to write their own prayers which are then shared at the end of the school day. We also say a lunchtime prayer before leaving the class. Each class has its own book of prayers written by the children in that class and this is kept on display in the reflection area of the classroom.
For more details about worship, please read the Worship page.
Within each classroom, there is an area for quiet reflection where children can sit and reflect and develop their spirituality. Each one is individual depending on the staff member who created it. This is the reflection area in Year 3. Children add their own thoughts and comments to the class reflection areas.
The children explore a variety of opportunities throughout the curriculum which help to educate and develop their spirituality. We aim to teach our children to reflect and consider their actions in three ways through the use of the Windows, Mirrors and Doors strategies. This allows us to spend time after a focussed period of time thinking and learning about a particular value where the children are encouraged to reflect on the impact of this value on their attitudes and behaviours.