Being a Church School
“ Where a love of Learning Grows”
'And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.' - Colossians 3:14
Upton Snodsbury C of E First School is an outstanding Church of England School which actively promotes Christian values and fundamental personal values. Our values-based approach encourages commitment, effort and high standards in all that we do and enables children to discuss, explore and reflect upon those values we live by, which make us thoughtful, caring and responsible citizens.
We explore different Christian values during collective worship and in lessons. Our Worship Council lead collective worship each week to reflect further upon each value.
The RE curriculum at Upton Snodsbury is based on the agreed syllabus provided by Worcestershire's Local Education Authority. This syllabus aims to embed the 'Understanding Christianity' resource with the key purpose of supporting pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
Through the study of other religions, and by developing links to other schools in England and across the world, we aim is to promote an attitude of understanding and tolerance through increasing children’s knowledge about other people’s beliefs, values and religious practices. Strong collaborations with charities such as The Grace Kelly Foundation also play an important part in school life.
Our alliance with the Church is very important to us and we are blessed to have Rev. Claire Billington working closely with us. This has ensured that Christian beliefs are at the heart of the school’s work.
We have a weekly act of worship at St Kenelmn's Church which we feel is central to the school day. Children participate in this worship through story, drama, prayer and discussion. We say the Lord’s Prayer daily. This is a strong feature of our worship, and helps our children to prepare themselves to take part in Church Services. Children are also given periods of time for reflection and contemplation.