Friendship – Autumn Term 2019
We are starting this new academic year with the Christian Value of Friendship. Over the next half term we will be taking part in a number of ‘Friendship’ activities during Collective Worship and across the school.
Sharing a meal with someone is an explicit sign of friendship and the word ‘companion’ literally means ‘one with whom you share bread.’
Jesus tells stories of the heavenly banquet to which all are invited. The barriers between people are broken down in a loving community around God and Jesus had stern words to say to those who refused to recognise that all are included in this community of friendship.
The Bible has many sayings about friendship:
‘A friend loves at all times.’ (Proverbs 17:17)
Friends are not afraid to tell each other the truth and a friend’s loving criticism is worth more than the empty compliments of someone who does not really care for you.
‘Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.’ (Proverbs 27:6)
The writer of Ecclesiastes puts it very simply: ‘if one falls down, a friend can lift him up’. (Ecclesiastes 4:10)
The friendship of David and Jonathan is very strongly emphasised in the Bible, Abraham is described as the friend of God (James 2:23) and Jesus explicitly calls his disciples not servants but friends (John 15:14 – 15).
Forgiveness – Summer Term 2019
The Christian Value we are particularly focusing on this term is Forgiveness. Forgiveness is fundamental to the character of God. Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18). Jesus was uncompromising in his command to forgive. Forgive, he said, ‘seventy times seven’ (Matthew 18:21), meaning forgive and keep on forgiving without limit. Forgiveness was at the heart of everything he did and is at the heart of the Lord’s Prayer. When Jesus declared a person’s sins to be forgiven, it often aroused the anger of those who were less willing to forgive than he was and yet a prayer for the forgiveness of his persecutors was on Jesus’ lips as he died. Christian preaching has always put forgiveness at the centre.
We forgive because we are forgiven. Forgiveness cannot be given or received unless it is asked for, and the asking must be genuine and from the heart. Too often ‘sorry’ is said very easily, implying: ‘All I need to do is say I’m sorry and everything will be OK’. Real repentance demands that we take what we have done wrong with the utmost seriousness and have a deep desire not to do it again. We will be linking Forgiveness to ‘Jesus and Zacchaeus the Tax Collector’ (Luke 19: 2 -10)
‘Be compassionate and kind to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ (Ephesians 4:32)
Creativity – Spring Term 2019
Christians believe that life is a ‘gift’, given to them by their loving God. Each person has a creative spirit within them which allows them to value and explore, celebrate and enjoy this world in all its mystery and diversity. With this gift comes a responsibility to make sure that creation is not spoiled, but cared for and shared by all.
‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ (Genesis 1:27)
Perseverance – Autumn Term 2018
Teachers often say that perseverance is something that many children find difficult. Very little that is really worthwhile in life can be achieved without perseverance. An athlete may train for years before they are ready to compete at the highest level. A musician must practice every day, sometimes for hours at a time, if they are to really master their instrument.
‘Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.’ (James 1:12)
Wisdom – Summer Term 2018
Our Christian Value this half term is Wisdom. Wisdom is insight into the way life works: an understanding of the consequences of our thoughts, words and actions and an awareness of the true value of things. It is rooted in reverence for God who is the source of all life and all values.
‘Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ (Proverbs 4:6-7)
Reverence & Respect – Spring Term 2018
The Christian Values we are particularly focusing on this term are Reverence & Respect. As Moses approached the presence of God in the burning bush, God said to him: “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” This scene captures something of the essence of reverence and respect. Respect for God extends to respect for all creation, including all people, animals and our environment. In our school children and adults show respect for each other, their belongings and their environment. Reverence takes this response a step further and will include aspects of Collective Worship such as awe and wonder, surrender and sacrifice.
Humility – Autumn Term 2017
This half term our value will be Humility. The children will learn that Christians believe that Jesus was both servant and king. We have looked at how Jesus demonstrated this through His life, death and resurrection. We know that we can serve God by demonstrating humility through our attitudes and actions.
‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.’ (Ephesians 4:2)
Hope – Summer Term 2017
This half term we are looking at Hope as our Value for Life. We have looked at the hope contained within a tiny acorn that could eventually become a might Oak tree. We looked at why Christians describe Jesus as ‘The Light of the World’ and we have looked at the Rainbow as a symbol of hope in the Bible story of ‘Noah and the Ark’.
We want our children to be bringers of hope in their families and communities, shining as bright lights when sometimes things seem without hope. ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)
Compassion – Spring Term 2017
The Christian Value we are particularly focusing on this term is Compassion. ‘The Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.’ (Psalm 145: 8-9)
The children are exploring the idea that their attitudes and actions must reflect kindness and compassion; if you have compassion you step into someone’s shoes, share their experiences and sufferings and want to support them or act on their behalf.
Children from Class 2 reflected on this value by considering what it would be like standing in someone else’s shoes…
Thankfulness – Autumn Term (second half) 2016
This half term our value will be Thankfulness; we will be learning how we should appreciate and be thankful to our family, friends and also to God. We will also be looking at raising consciousness of being thankful for those things we often take for granted.
Children from Class 3 explored this theme through remembrance – ‘Always be thankful.’ Thessalonians 5.11
Justice – Autumn Term 2016
Our children will learn that justice means giving all people, particularly the poor and oppressed, what it is right and fair for them to have: life, health, freedom and dignity. It is about acting out of a concern for what is right and seeing right prevail. It is about social justice, especially for those who suffer most and are least able to protect themselves.
In Exodus, the people are instructed to deal with everyone fairly and never to show partiality to one group above another (Exodus 23:2,6).
Responsibility – Summer Term 2016
This term we will be focussing in school on the value responsibility. Children will learn that the Bible teaches that life is a gift from God and it is our responsibility to use our talents and abilities in the best way we can.
Children from Class 1 explored this theme and discussed their responsibility to care for the environment.
Service – Spring Term 2016
Our children will learn that Jesus was called the ‘servant king’; his mission was to serve God and to serve all those people he met, through his teaching, his example and the way he led his life.
Children from Class 2 reflected on the unsung heroes who serve them; at school, at home and in the wider community.
Generosity – Autumn Term (second half) 2015
Throughout the half term children will learn about being generous to each other and the true value of generosity. When we think about generosity we usually think about being generous with money or possessions. However, we can also be generous with our time, our gifts and our abilities.
Truthfulness – Autumn Term 2015
Children will learn that truthfulness is being honest, not only in words but actions too. They will learn why it is wrong to tell lies, even if it is to protect themselves from getting into trouble. Children will be able to see with their own eyes and make up their own mind about what is true.
Trust – Summer Term 2015
As part of our work on Trust, we thought about the importance of trust in our relationships with our friends, family and God. We have also looked at the repercussions when trust is broken.