Learning Together, Rooted in God.
" I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain rooted in me, and I in you, you will bear much fruit".
John 15 v 5
Spirited Arts Competition
Please get involved in the above competition! I am planning to send a school entry by the end of July so there's plenty of time to get creative! Hundreds of schools from around the world will be taking part in this year's Spirited Arts competition! We welcome entries in (almost!) any artform, including:
Bible Podlets is a Bible study and discussion podcast for primary aged children to do with adults. Each episode has fun games/activities, an engaging Bible reading in the form of a news story and deep discussion with places to pause and talk together about the topic. There are also discussion notes for each episode so you can continue what you’ve heard at home. You can also subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.
EASTER ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES
In light of school closure, please find attached a number of resources to use around the Easter week. Here, you will find a range of activities that are fun, creative and reinforce the Easter message. Please send your Easter work to your class teacher.
There are also some worship resources you can enjoy below:
YEAR 4 VENTURES TRIP MARCH 2020
We are having an amazing time! Highlights include camp fire, gorge challenge, climbing wall and caving plus making lots of new friends of course! We have also enjoyed our detective work on The Case of the Empty Tomb. The children have asked some amazing questions and have shown considerable knowledge of Luke’s gospel and the Easter story. The children have worked in mixed school groups to solve problems and challenges and complete team-building activities. They have risen to every challenge and have worked well together whether they have been with St Lawrence staff or staff from other schools. We are incredibly proud of them all!
A CPAS photographer has taken lots of photographs and these will be shared by secure link on our return to school. Mrs Goodwin managed to take a sneaky St Lawrence group photo to keep you going!
MEET OUR WORSHIP AND VALUES COMMITTEE (click here)
OUR SCHOOL STATEMENT OF INTENT
Learning together, rooted in God, pupils at St Lawrence Church of England Primary School are easy to distinguish by the personal qualities they present. They are happy, confident, articulate children with a love of learning, who recognise and celebrate their own individuality and that of other members of our community. They are generous, kind and welcoming; they are forgiving and understand justice. With God by their side, they face the world with resilience, integrity and joy.
'It helps us to understand how other people live' children in Year 1
RE AND WORSHIP
The school Statement of Intent is at the very heart of everything we do in school. In Religious Education lessons and in Worship, as we learn together, we are rooted in God. All that we do conveys this message from the smallest of interactions to the hardest of challenges. At the heart of our learning lies our Christian values – these are what make us distinct. Children learn values for life, which have prominence throughout everything we do and are celebrated through half-termly award ceremonies. Values such as happiness, respect, resilience and joy permeate all we do. The teaching of Religious Education is at the heart of our curriculum; our practice is creative and we use as many other subjects as possible to bring God’s message to our children. Our links with St Lawrence Church and local community mean that events held in church and school are very well attended. This really is a school at the heart of its village.
NURTURING A CREATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT:
'We're begging to know more' Pupil Year 5
Teachers aim to try and draw out of our children four attitudes which are essential for good learning :
As a church school, we hope to give children the best experience of high quality Religious Education, therefore enabling each child to flourish. We work closely with Blackburn Diocese, following their syllabus 'Questful RE'. Here, we embrace the explicit teaching of Christian concepts and God’s big salvation story, as well as ensuring our children explore other faiths in line with teaching guidance.
'We discuss the big story and where in the Bible the stories are from; we discuss the parables of Jesus' Megan, Year 5
A key feature of the syllabus we follow is the large number of questions included in each unit. The purpose of these questions is to give pupils opportunity to investigate, reflect, evaluate and make meaning. In doing so, they will discover more about themselves, their relationships with others, their relationship with the world around them and their relationship with God. Therefore, the teaching of RE is both a huge responsibility and a privilege that must be recognised by those who teach it.
'RE is important because it's teaching you about how to live your life' Nathanial, Year 2
All teaching is linked to God's big story. Each class has a reflective area where the Big Story is displayed along with the key words they have encountered as they take their learning journey through school.
OUR CURRICULUM PROVISION:
To achieve our aims we will :
'We ask questions like 'Who is God?' and 'Why did God send Jesus?'' Daisy, Year 3
EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY
We will provide RE opportunities to all our children, regardless of gender, race, disability or ability to pay. RE may be used to develop children’s learning in any area of the curriculum, particularly for those with Special Educational Needs, including our Able and Talented children. To ensure that this is the case, some pupils may be given other mediums to record their thoughts and ideas, as well as any necessary support that is required.
'We act often in RE; we dramatise Bible stories and we sing, paint and draw to express ourselves' Sofia, Year 6
EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES
We offer a Fun with Faith club that can be accessed by pupils. This is run by our Worship and Values Committee children and overseen by the RE Co-ordinator; a member of the local church clergy also assists from time to time. This particular club allows children to reflect, converse with others from different year groups and work on a particular area of interest as directed by our Worship and Values Committee.
EVENTS AND VISITS
'We learn about people from all over the world' Tilly, Year 4
PLANNING, ASSESSMENT, PROGRESSION AND EVALUATION
Barton has an individual policy for Religious Education as well as policies for British Values, Collective Worship, Single Equalities, Special Educational Needs and Visitors.
We follow Blackburn Diocese syllabus of ‘Questful RE’ and are fully informed about The Statement of Entitlement. Planning follows a pathway which is determined by outcomes for learning and which may later depending on the unit being delivered. Many of our lessons also utilise Understanding Christianity resources and ideas. Through all these resources, the skills of the staff and having an open investigative enquiry approach, we are able to ensure progression to ensure that our children have a sense of being on a quest of discovery.
The coordinator monitors whole school progression on a half termly basis. The quality of teaching, work and assessment are also monitored to ensure we give the best experiences possible to our children so that by the time they leave us, they are well-rounded individuals who can break down barriers and help build communities.
Click here to see the Statement of Entitlement
'We learn about world problems;other beliefs and we dive deep into vocabulary' Reuben, Year 6
GOD'S BIG SALVATION PLAN
We recently worked together as a whole school to create our own version of God's Big Salvation Plan. We used time at Easter to work together in mixed groups with our younger groups being led by a member of the Worship and Values Committee. Each class represented one of God's Big ideas and in each class, we listened to key stories and combined this with creative ideas to create a whole school version of God's Big Salvation Plan. Look carefully at each of the designs and you will be able to see which stories and elements we covered in each of the sessions.
PEOPLE OF GOD
KINGDOM OF GOD