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Christian Distinctiveness

Through our Christian Distinctiveness Strand, it is our intent to develop children’s spirituality and faith. Specifically, we aim to provide opportunities for children to:

  • be inspired by moments of awe and wonder

  • think critically about their beliefs and actions

  • answer existential, or ‘big’ questions

  • consider Christian perspectives on life

  • respond to God through worship

  • seek solace and support from their faith

  • respond creatively to their life experiences

  • foster deep respect for others’ beliefs


We do this through: Church visits; visits from our local priest; prayer fish; classroom prayer spaces; Christian symbols and (i.e. school candle, alter, vision and values displays); worship including prayer, reflection, music and bible stories; community involvement in worship and facilitating a pupil led worship group. To guide our RE teaching, we follow 'Understanding Christianity' as the framework to teach RE - more information on this can be found via the link below. We also teach about other faiths and traditions through our multi-faith weeks, including Hinduism, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. Collective Worship happens daily at St Mary's and is a time when the whole school comes together to celebrate our spirituality. It is always Christian in nature, but may reference other faiths as we believe children need to develop understanding about different faiths and beliefs. We follow a scheme called 'Roots and Fruits' which focuses on a range of Christian concepts and values. More information about this can be found below