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Ethos and Values

Our ethos and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.

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As a Church of England Primary School we aim to earth our values in the wisdom and understanding of the Christian faith and particularly in the gospel values founded in the reality of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the Christian tradition that gives our values content and the story of Jesus that gives our values moral substance.

Our Collective Worship Council and Foundation Governors chose the following Christian Values for our school:

Year 1                                                 Year 2

Friendship                                           Hope

Respect                                               Reverence

Peace                                                 Perseverance

Trust                                                   Wisdom

Forgiveness                                         Truthfulness

Thankfulness                                       Communion


As love is the foundation of all values it has not been included as a separate value. Our values are based around love and caring for other people.

Each Value is the focus for acts of Collective Worship for a 5/6 week term.


How do we transmit our values?

  • Through the management ethos and values of our school. This ensures that the school environment is a safe and caring place where children can share, think about and experience ethical enquiry.
  • Through teachers’ example and use of moral language, which will help pupils internalise ideas of what is acceptable and not acceptable in the living, working community of our church school.
  • Through subjects of the curriculum.
  • Through collective worship where we explore community/ our Christian values.
  • Through teaching methods that convey respect for people, respect for truth, acceptance of responsibility for actions and a concern for justice and fairness.
  • Through learning that helps pupils comprehend imaginatively the equal importance of other people.


About Each Value

1. Friendship

Christians believe they can call God their friend because of the relationships made possible through Jesus.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Jonathan and David                   1 Samuel 18
  • The Garden of Gethsemane         Matthew 26
  • Down through the Roof               Luke 5
  • The Helpful Servant                    2 Kings 5


2. Respect

The nature of God, as revealed in the Bible, presents all people with a choice. Those whose response is one of respect are acknowledging God’s greatness, authority and involvement in the world. Reverence takes this response a step further and includes aspects of worship such as awe and wonder.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Matthew 25 34-40
  • The Last Supper                         Matthew 26
  • Zaccheus the Tax Collector          Luke 19
  • Moses sees the Promised Land     Numbers 20
  • Other areas discussed are the work of Mother Teresa and Francis of Assisi.


3. Peace

“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.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Finding Peace                         Psalm 23, God’s Loving Care
  • Other areas discussed are The Christ of the Andes, The Story of St Francis of Assisi, and Nobel Prize winners.


4. Trust

Trust is the basis of all stable relationships including a person’s relationship with God. It is rooted in truth. God’s commitment to humanity is seen in his willingness to trust ordinary people with the carrying out of his purposes.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Water into Wine                     John 2
  • Stories of Abraham                Genesis 11-15
  • Ruth
  • Stories from Lion Storyteller Bible including The Story of Gideon, The Storm on the Lake.


5. Forgiveness

For Christians, Jesus’ death on a cross is the ultimate revelation of God’s all forgiving love and his sacrifice stands as a source of inspiration to forgive others, no matter what the cost.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • The Story of the Lost Son       Luke 15
  • The Lords Prayer                   Matthew 2, Luke 11
  • The Emmaus Road                Luke 24
  • The Story of the Lost Sheep   Luke 15
  • Stories from the Lion Storyteller Bible including Jesus and the taxman.


6. Thankfulness

Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their lives. They know that their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • The Man who came Back!      Luke 17
  • A Gift of perfume                  Luke 7
  • Psalm 148
  • Stories from the Lion Storyteller Bible


7. Hope

Christians see their hope in God’s promise “that love and goodness have, and will ultimately, overcome all evil”. This hope is manifested in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • The Story of Simeon                Luke 2 v22-35
  • A Special Promise                    Genesis 6-9
  • Jesus telling a story about a mustard seed.
  • God speaks to Abraham           Genesis 12


8. Reverence

Reverence takes the Respect value further and includes aspects of worship such as awe and wonder.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Thrown to the Lions                    Daniel 6
  • The Woman who touched Jesus   Luke 8
  • Focus on Royal British Legion and Remembrance.


9. 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.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Moses sees the Promised Land  Numbers 20, Deutmy 31,34
  • Stories from the Lion Storyteller Bible including Down in the Well, A Time to Build, The Lost Sheep.


10. 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.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • Proverbs 3.18
  • The Two Houses                        Matthew 7, Luke 6
  • Words from Proverbs 1.8-9
  • A Wise New Ruler                       1 Kings 2,3
  • The True Mother                        1 Kings 3


11. 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.

Bible Stories discussed which are relevant to this value

  • The Bad Brother                         Genesis 27
  • A Sad Day                                  Genesis 3
  • A Miracle on the Damascus Rd     Acts 9
  • The Burning Bush                       Exodus 2-4


12. Communion

Holy Communion occupies a central and sacred place in the worshipping life of almost all Christian communities worldwide. Teaching about communion is therefore of fundamental importance to children’s learning about Christian religion in schools. Holy Communion is also known as Eucharist.

Children at our school will learn about Holy Communion including the Christian belief in God as Trinity.

This unit culminates in all our pupils attending a Holy Communion Service at St Michael and All Angels which is the Parish Church in Billinghay lead by the Rev’d Rose.

Please click on the link below to view our Aims and Values document