Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly
College Road, Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR
We have termly themes that form the basis for our school and class worship.These themes enable St Mary's to have a discussion and learn about important moral, religious and social ideas together as a whole school community.
Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development (SCMC) and British Values
The Worship Themes build on Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development (SMSC) and also our British Values.
We aim to seek out the spiritual in our learning at St Mary's. See our Class Pages for some of the ways spirituality will be explored in this term's topics.
Term 1, Autumn 2019: Forgiveness & Peace
This term we will be looking at the values of Forgiveness and Peace.
We will be considering the strategies we have in place to encourage children to appreciate quietness and opportunities for quiet reflection; to be able to acknowledge that we all make mistakes and we all need forgiveness from each other.
We will be encouraging the children to solve their differences in a constructive way and develop their skills as peacemakers, looking at opportunities to introduce children to issues of peace and justice both locally and internationally.
Children will also be encouraged to understand that forgiveness and acceptance builds the life of the school community.
A Christian Perspective:
Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored. It is an act of the will, motivated by love.
For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross it the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love, and his sacrifice stands a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.
Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9).
Peace-making actions can range from helping to resolve conflict to creating space for stillness. Peace, in the sense of total well-being, is God’s intention for the whole of creation, and is a promise that awaits ultimate fulfilment.
Term 6, Summer 2019: Perseverance
As we develop this term’s value of 'perseverance' as a school community, we will consider the following:
A Christian Perspective on Perseverance:
Jesus frequently encouraged his disciples to “endure patiently” the difficulties and obstacles they encountered and to persevere in the face of adversity. He himself trusted in God even when his enemies tried to stop his work and plotted his death.
Term 5, Summer 2019: Wisdom
As we develop this term’s value of Wisdom, we will consider the following:
A Christian Perspective on Wisdom:
Christians believe that true wisdom comes from God. As a believer grows in faith, so wisdom will increase. In the Bible, wisdom is seen both as a gift from God and a characteristic of God. In his parables, Jesus taught that placing trust in God and recognising what is of value in life brings fulfilment.
Term 4, Spring 2019: Humility
As we develop this term’s value of Humility, we will consider the following:
How all members of our school community be of service to one another;
How we can be empathetic and sympathetic to the experiences of others;
How we create an ethos in which children and adults are confident to ask for, and receive, help from others.
A Christian Perspective on Humility
Christians believe that Jesus was both servant and king. He demonstrated this through His life, death and resurrection. Jesus taught his disciples what it means to be truly humble.
Christians believe that they can serve God by demonstrating humility through their attitudes and actions. This approach to life often runs contrary to many role-models presented to children in the media and popular culture.
Term 3, Spring 2019: Respect and Reverence
As we develop this term’s value of Respect and Reverence, we will consider the following:
experience how special words, sacramental actions or religious symbols are used to challenge and inform children’s understanding of God;
to encourage children to value and respect their own and other people’s belongings.
A Christian Perspective on Respect and Reverence
The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, expects all people to respond with respect and acknowledgement of God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world.
This extends to respect for the created order, including for every other person, who, the Bible says, is made in the image of God. Reverence takes this response a step further and will include aspects of worship such as awe and wonder, surrender and sacrifice.
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's RESPECT AND REVERENCE activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 2, Autumn 2018: Generosity
As we develop this term’s value of Generosity, we will consider the following:
A Christian Perspective on Generosity
God’s generosity is best described as “grace”: to give freely without limit or conditions. This generosity, once experienced and acknowledged by an individual, can in turn release a generous spirit towards others.
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's GENEROSITY activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 1, Autumn 2018: Responsibility
The value for our first term of the school year is responsibility.
As a whole school community, we will be considering areas such as...
A Christian Perspective on Responsibility
The Bible teaches that life is a gift from God and that it is our responsibility to use our talents and abilities in the best way we can.
Term 6, Summer 2018: Compassion
As we develop this term’s value of Compassion, we will consider the following:
A Christian Perspective on Compassion
Christians believe that their attitudes and actions must reflect the kindness, mercy and compassion of Jesus and the love of God for everyone. We will be reading and discussing Bible stories that have a relevance to Compassion, such as:
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's COMPASSION activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 5, Summer 2018: Truthfulness
As we develop this term’s value of Truthfulness, we will consider the following:
A Christian Perspective on Truthfulness
Christians believe that truth is revealed in the Bible and supremely in the person and life of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way in which He means us to live.
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's TRUTHFULNESS activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 4, Spring 2018: Service
As we develop our understanding of the value of Service this term, we will be on:
A Christian Perspective on Service
Jesus exemplified in person, in his ministry and in his relationship with God, what is was to be called the “servant king”. Christians believe that their calling is to follow Jesus’ example according to their gifts or abilities. They believe that through serving God in others, “perfect freedom” will ultimately be found.
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's SERVICE activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 3, Spring 2018: Justice
This term we will be focussing in school on the value of Justice. Some of the things we will be considering are:
A Christian perspective on Justice: The justice revealed in the Bible is always seen in the context of love. It includes the call to take responsibility for one another, especially the poor and oppressed, and to see that no-one is excluded from the essentials of life.
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's JUSTICE activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 2, Autumn 2017: Friendship
Friendship is always an important aspect of life at St Mary's - after all, our motto is 'working together'! This term we have chosen to make 'Friendship' our worship theme.
This will lead us to focus on the British value of 'mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs' as well as many aspects of Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Development (SCMC) such as:
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's FRIENDSHIP activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 1, Autumn 2017: Tolerance
This term, our theme of Tolerance leads us to focus on the social development aspect of SMSC, and the British value of 'mutual respect', as we learn how to demonstrate tolerance and respect to other people, their beliefs and opinions.
There are many children’s books that teach tolerance and encourage their readers to be respectful of all types of people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality. Here are some top quotes:
A person’s a person no matter how small.
Dr Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!
We all live with the objective of being happy: our lives are all different and yet the same.
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
What was it about the differences in others that scared some people so much?
Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses
Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
Kingsley Shacklebolt via JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas and which people wore the uniforms?
John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This planet is for everyone, borders are for no one. It’s all about freedom.
Benjamin Zephaniah, Refugee Boy
Any problem can be solved between people if only they can trust each other.
Michael Morpurgo, War Horse
Term 6, Summer 2017: Hope
The value hope is about much more than just wishing as hard as we can that things will be different. It is about believing that the world can be better and being prepared to do something! Noah (in the story on the activity sheets) was willing to look silly in front of his neighbours by building a huge boat even though he lived miles from the ocean, because he hoped and believed that God had a plan.
As a family you may want to talk about:
• your hopes and dreams for the future
• what you can do to make them happen
• what others need to do
There are lots of interesting things to do on this term's HOPE activity sheets. Click the image below to download your copy.
Term 5, Summer 2017: Peace
As a school we will be looking at how we can encourage ourselves to appreciate quietness, to find opportunities for calm reflection and to experience different kinds of peace. We are also looking at how we can solve our differences in a constructive way, and to develop the skills of a peacemaker. From a Christian perspective, we are introducing the concept “peace with God” – as Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9).
Term 3, Spring 2017: Courage
Our Value for this term is Courage. We will be looking at the Christian perspective on Courage, the claim that God is always present in every situation. This belief has led to great acts of courage that have included facing danger and opposition, overcoming fear, making a stand for what is right and encouraging others to persevere.
Try our Courage activities at home by clicking the image below:
Term 2, Autumn 2016: Forgiveness
This term our Collective Worship value is Forgiveness. We will be looking at how Forgiveness is the means by which damaged relationships are restored.
As a whole school community we will be looking at how adults and children are helped to acknowledge that we all make mistakes and we all need forgiveness from God and each other. Also, how do we make amends for our mistakes and how does the school celebrate the idea that God’s love is so treat that forgiveness is always possible?
Try our activity sheets here!
Term 1, Autumn 2016: Trust
This term our Collective Worship value is Trust. We will be looking at the Christian perspective on Trust, being the bases of all stable relationships. Also reflecting as a whole school community on how we show children in practical ways what it means to have trust in others, how we can demonstrate sensitively the repercussions when trust is broken and how role models can show us different kinds of trust that work in our school community and the wider world.
Try our Trust activities at home here!
Term 5, Summer 2016: Wisdom
Try our Wisdom activities at home here!
Term 4, Spring 2016: Humility
Try our Humility activities at home here!
Term 3, Spring 2016: Respect
Try our Respect activities at home here!
Term 2, Autumn 2015: Generosity
Try our Generosity activities at home here!
Term 1, Autumn 2015: Responsibility
Becoming responsible means being a person who can be trusted to do their best.
Being responsible means being prepared to stand up for others.
An irresponsible person acts in a way that hurts others, doesn't care about their feelings, and just does what pleases them.
An irresponsible person refuses to face up to the damage or hurt that he or she may cause.
Responsibility is thinking about what's best for everyone, not just what suits one individual.
You'll need to think about responsibility at school and at home when:
Some Bible story links to find and think about:
1. God gives human beings the responsibility of caring for the world and of naming the animals - see Genesis 2:4-20.
2. The story of Cain and Abel - see Genesis 4:1-16.
3. Jethro advises Moses to share the heavy responsibility of leadership - see Exodus 18:13-27.
4. Moses hands over his responsibilities to Joshua - see Deuteronomy 31:1-8.
5. Jesus gives responsibility to 72 followers to carry on his work - see Luke 10:1-9
6. The church at Antioch gives Barnabas and Saul the responsibility of being missionaries - see Acts 13: 1-3; and they report back on a job well done in Acts 14: 27.
7.God gives human beings a job to do - see Psalm 8:5-9.
(Suggestions adapted from http://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/)
Term 6, 2015: Compassion
This term we are exploring what living our lives with compassion means.
Talk at home about the 'Footprints' poem and the Bible passages below. Can you decide what they each teach us about 'compassion'?
Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord
Scenes from my life flashed across the sky,
In each, I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints;
other times there was only one.
During the lowest times of my life
I could see only one set of footprints,
so I said, "Lord, you promised me,
that you would walk with me always.
Why, when I have needed you most would you leave me?"
The Lord replied, "My precious child,
I love you and would never leave you.
The times when you have seen only one set of footprints,
it was then that I carried you."
The Lord will always walk with you
Along life's blessed beach,
His footprints there beside your own,
Always within reach.
Two sets of footprints, side by side,
From dawn to setting sun,
Yet there may come a day, my child,
When you'll see only one.
But do not think the Lord has left you -
Nothing could be more wrong.
It's just that he has picked you up
To carry you along.
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Find these bible passages - what do they teach us about 'compassion'?
Term 5, 2015: Truthfulness
This term we are exploring what truthfulness means.
Year 6's acrylic artwork in the stairwell
Do you agree with these ideas?
Can you find these Bible verses?
What do they teach us about truthfulness?
1) 'Do not tell lies about others' (Exodus 20:16).
2) 'It is better to be honest and poor than dishonest and rich.' (Proverbs 16:8).
Term 4, 2015: Serving Others
This term we are exploring what it means to serve others.
Talk at home about what you or your family members would do in each of the following situations.
You are on your way to a football game. You are in a hurry, but as you walk down the street to the playing field you see an elderly woman drop a bag of groceries. What do you do?
You have been at a friend’s house playing. You are very tired. As you walk into your garden, you see your dad hard at work with the gardening. What do you do?
You come into the kitchen to get a drink and you see your brother washing the dinner dishes. What do you do?
You see a new girl in school and introduce yourself. The new girl asks you where you eat lunch. You had planned to eat lunch with your friends. What do you do?
Term 3, 2015: Diversity and Difference
Have you seen the challenge at the bottom of the page?
You can find out more about Nelson Mandela in this Newsround video.
Diversity means how things vary or are different. Just as there are lots of different designs of cars, bikes, washing machines, balls - or just about anything you can think of - so there is diversity among people.
Whilst most people have the same general structure - two legs, two arms, two eyes, etc. - we are actually all very different to each other:
Diversity is not just about our bodies, though. Where we are born in the world, our race and our culture can make for a great deal of diversity too. There are differences in:
You don't have to go far to find diversity. Just look around at your family and friends and you will find it. Every single person you know is different. How about your brothers, sisters and cousins? They might have some similarities (e.g. the same colour hair) but they'll have lots of differences too:
And the great thing about diversity is that it makes the world such an interesting place to be, because diversity fills it with interesting, different people.
How good is that? And how boring if everything and everyone was the same!
(adapted from Child and Youth Health website, Australia)
Father Trevor Huddleston & Bishop Desmond Tutu
TIP: You can find out here (this is a page on the BBC News website).
Arsène Wenger & Thierry Henry
TIP: You can find out here (this is a page on the BBC Newsround website).
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