Our Church

 

At Christ Church School our core Christian values underlie everything that we do. Our Christian character has a significant impact on academic achievement, personal development and well-being for all learners.

Click here to see the Church of England Vision for Education:  Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good.

Our Curriculum

At Christ Church we follow the Understanding Christianity Materials, further supplemented with the Staffordshire Religious Education syllabus as advised by the LDBE.  The children also receive many opportunities to learn about a wider range of religions, both through our curriculum, world religion days and worships. Please see the overview below for further information.

 

Whole School RE Overview

 

New RE Statement of Entitlement

Parental Questionnaire 2019 Outcomes

We have recently conducted a parental questionnaire to find out what our parents/carers think about our school. Click here to find the results of the questionnaire (a summary of the questionnaire can also be found on the home page).

 

School Improvement

As a school we continuously monitor and review our school's successes, along with our next steps for improvement so that our children always receive the best education possible. Our School Improvement Plan outlines our priorities for the current academic year. Being a Church Of England School, our Christian Values and beliefs play a significant part in our School Improvement process. Therefore, we have specific priorities on our School Improvement Plan to continue to support us to be a successful Church of England Primary School.

 

Our Christian Character

Our school thrives on close links to our parish church:

  • Termly year group visits to church for worship.
  • Church Representatives leading whole school worship.
  • Pupil-led worships held in church for significant events in the Christian calendar.
  • Visits to Lichfield Cathedral. 

We ensure strong links within our curriculum:

  • Bible story links to our Big Question curriculum and school values.
  • Understanding Christianity Materials taught in school.
  • Regular visits to church from Reception onwards.
  • Many cross curricular links e.g. Music workshops and performances at Lichfield Cathedral.

Opportunities to be reflective:

  • Reflection areas in all classrooms.
  • An outdoor reflection area.
  • Reflection time.
  • pupil-led worship.
  • Daily collective worship in school.
  • Reflective learning encouraged in lessons. 

 

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It's the start of another fantastic year at Christ Church! As always, we warmly invite parents and members of our community to join us in worship and celebration. Please click here for whole school worship dates this academic year.

 

Sewing club's Christmas Tree

Mrs Deans, Miss Lewis and our sewing club have made all of the beautiful decorations on our Cathedral Christmas tree this year. Don't forget to vote for us when you visit the Cathedral's Christmas tree festival this December.

Reception at church

Our reception children have been to explore our church this morning. They've learnt all about the importance of different parts of the church, and are busy preparing for their nativity service next week.

   

Poetry

We are so proud of our Year 6 pupils who entered the Cathedral's poetry competition this year. We had 2 winners! Their work is proudly displayed in the Cathedral this Christmas.

 

Christmas Light Switch On

As always, our Year 6 children did themselves proud, singing at the Lichfield Christmas lights switch on again this year.

  

Year 3 Visit Beacon Park Retirement Village

Year 3 had a wonderful afternoon, making new friends in our community and demonstrating our Christian school values.

   

Year 5 at church

Year 5 enjoyed a thoughtful worship about the real meaning of a child in need. A reminder of how fortunate we are. Many thanks again for your generous food bank donations.

     

Children in Need

We've really enjoyed dressing up in something sporty, raining money for Children in Need today. Year 5 shared lots of brilliant information to explain why we are fund raising today and how the money raised will go on to help people.

   

Remembrance

Lots of learning in school this week about the importance of remembrance. Lots of beautiful poppies and discussion at Wrap Around Care this week.

Kindness

Before they set off on their residential adventure, Year 6 taught us a valuable lesson about kindness through worship.

    

Harvest Festival

A huge thank you to our Year 5 pupils and their parents. Through their Harvest worship at Christ Church this year, they were able to collect over 100 meals for local people in need through Lichfield Food Bank. Many thanks to parents and carers for their continued support.  

 

 

A Constellation of Images

Christ Church will be taking part in the Cathedral's art exhibition this year entitled ' A constellation of images'. The photos of 9 specially chosen children who have been demonstrating our school values will be displayed in the Cathedral this festive season. We will also be taking part as a whole school, creating art that can be enjoyed by all!

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New friends

Year 5 loved receiving post from their friends at Beacon Park retirement village. How wonderful to see our pupils demonstrating such positive relationships in our community.

 

 

Worship in our Church

We continue to enjoy regular visits to Christ Church for worship. It has been lovely to see so many of our parents joining us.

         

 

Care in our Community

Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed giving their time to visit their friends at Beacon Park Retirement Village. So many children have written to the elderly residents we visited, and some have even popped back to visit with their parents for a cup of tea! We are really proud of them and the rest of school cannot wait for their turn to visit.

 

Derby Faith Trail

Once again, our Year 5 pupils thoroughly enjoyed the Derby Faith Trail. Not only did they gain a great deal of knowledge about different religions, but practiced our school values, and British values of respect and tolerance too.

 

Class Worships

At the start of another academic year, each year group have enjoyed exploring and presenting the Christian roots behind our school values.

 

 

Cathedral Doves

This year our pupils have had the opportunity to make 'Doves of Peace' as part of the Cathedra's Christmas Art installation this year. Look out for them when you visit the Christmas trees in the Cathedral during December.

 

This week Reception have been introduced to Rev Freddie Fisher and Puddles the cat! They are looking forward to visiting and exploring our Church in the coming weeks. Year 6 visited this week and learn lots about the history of our Church.

    

 

Year 2 enjoyed leading worship today on the theme of friendship.

 

  

Well done to all the year groups who have led whole school worships this half term, with some interesting themes we can all reflect upon.

Congratulations to the winners of our 'Real Advent' competition. Such beautiful and thoughtful artwork which shows the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy your treats!

      

Lots of brilliant class worships in school this term!

Visits to Church

Year 6 enjoyed learning all about the history of our church in their visit last week. Thank you, Peter, for such an interesting worship. It provoked a great deal of discussion and further learning back at school.

 

Year one really enjoyed their visit to church for worship last week.

Derby Faith Trail

Year 4 had a fantastic time on the Derby Faith Trail. They visited temples from different religions including a mosque and a Mandir. They enjoyed sampling foods and experiencing aspects of each religion.

World Religion Day

The whole school really enjoyed celebrating World Religion Day this year. There was lots of super learning going on around school and lots of fun to be had too! Have a look at the display board in the hall for some examples of out brilliant work.

Worship leaders

In school we have Year 6 pupils as worship leaders. They have responsibilities such as choosing the hymn and prayer for our whole school worships.

 

Reflection area competition

On the first day of school each class was delivered a special parcel...and a competition to design the best class reflection area. Classes have been busily working away on these and School Council will be judging the winners on Thursday 18th October.

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Their prize will be to work on our outdoor reflection area in the Spring term!

 

 

RE and Art in School 

Mrs Dunning and Mrs Pilmore have worked with each year group in school to create some fantastic art work linked to our Religious Education and Bible stories we all know. Have a look out for these and other beautiful pieces as you walk around school.

 

Bible Stories and Big Questions

Have a look at the display boards around school to see which Bible stories have we been learning about this term.

 

Pupil-led Worship 

 

It was wonderful to see Year 3 perform their Easter worship today. Parents, you are really going to enjoy their fantastic singing on Wednesday, they have been working really hard! Good luck Year 3.

 

5EM told the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den today. Fantastic acting and singing accompanied a very important message about standing up for what you believe in.

 

Thank you for teaching us all about Holi, the festival of colour, today Year 5. you did a wonderful job!

 

 

 

A fantastic worship from Year 6 today about tolerance.

 

 

Thank you Year 3 for a brilliant worship - lots of lessons learnt today!

 

Year 5 taught us all about fair trade in their Harvest worship last week. Well done Year 5- we really enjoyed Fantastically Fabulous Fairtrade Fred!

 

 

 Well done Year 2 for leading our first class worship of the year. The children taught everyone that the Muslim festival of Eid is the festival of sacrifice and doing good things for others. We read the story of Dogger by Shirley Hughes and discussed the sacrifice Bella made for her brother's happiness.

 

 On Friday Reception received an invitation from Rev Freddie and Puddles the cat! They had a wonderful first visit to our church and learnt lots too. Have a look at the beautiful pictures they have created.