We know that our faith is the central focus of all we do at school. It defines our common aims and objectives and provides us with a framework for working together and loving one another. Our Vision statement begins with the line:
‘Using the talents God gave us to achieve and shine”
Our vision statement has been created by the pupils, governors and staff and is supported by a Biblical quote;
God's voice thunders in marvellous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth,' and to the rain, “Be a mighty downpour”. Job 37:5-6
We truly believe that everyone within our community has something to add to us as a group and, with God’s guidance, we will recognise and nurture talents to make us stronger together.
The Governors and staff believe that Christianity is an integral part of every aspect of our daily lives at Yardley Gobion Primary School. In our last SIAMS inspection report it says;
‘Christian values permeate the school and are central to its being’
Visitors and inspectors have recognised the positive impact of our strong Christian ethos on our learners and in our 2015 SIAMS Inspection our school was judged to be OUTSTANDING.
Most important to us is that Christian values underpin all of our learning, and enable our children to become caring, respectful and thoughtful members of our community. We actively encourage the children to uphold our values at all times and we have school values on display, both in classrooms and in the hall. Parents and visitors to our school recognise that our strong values help to nurture the wellbeing, safety and confidence of our children.
Our Collective Worship is planned around our core Christian Value, an outline of which can be found on our website. Worship plays an important part in our school day. We aim for worship to be integral to our work within school, rather than stand-alone sessions.
RE is taught in discrete sessions, and our children have access to a broad and balanced RE curriculum. Children are given the opportunity to explore inter-faith values and appreciate cultural diversity. We enhance our RE curriculum with extra units of work based on ‘Understanding Christianity’, and we have regular “World Faith” celebration days that highlight the importance of understanding all faiths, recognising our common values and appreciating the diversity of humanity. In 2015,and again in 2018 we received the Silver RE Quality Mark award recognising the high quality of the RE curriculum and teaching in school. The assessor speaks extensively to the children about their experiences and was very impressed with how mature and sophisticated our pupils understanding of the importance of religion was. The assessor stated;
The pupils were able to explain to me effective and creative links between RE lessons and other curriculum subjects, demonstrating an understanding of how their religion is part of their everyday lives
Within the school day, the children have regular opportunities for prayer and reflection. We have a dedicated reflection space, with inspirational artwork, created by the children, that offers a place for prayer throughout the day.
The children say prayers at lunchtimes, and at the end of the day. Within our reflection space we have a prayer tree, on which children can leave prayers for others to say on their behalf.
Our school hall is the focus of our worship and has displays that reflect our most current focus. Each classroom displays a cross and our school prayer.