What makes St Augustine’s Distinctively Different?

As a school we offer something different, a spiritual dimension to the young lives of our learners within the traditions of the Church of England, working in partnership with the church community to achieve this.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report

Every five years, Church Schools in England undergo a statutory inspection by the Church of England Education Department and St. Augustine’s Junior School was rated as OUTSTANDING from the inspection carried out in March 2017.

Extract from the SIAMS report:

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St. Augustine’s as a Church of England school are outstanding:

  • Christian values and the vision are embedded in the daily life of the school. This supports the development of pupils’ personal spirituality and enables the school to be an inclusive, supportive and welcoming Christian community whilst showing sensitivity to children and families from other cultures and faiths. This in turn has a significant impact on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of pupils
  • Collective worship is an integral part of school day. It supports pupils to relate biblical material and Christian teaching to their daily lives and the school core values.
  • Leadership, including governors, has a strong commitment to the vision and Christian values and therefore a significant impact on school improvement.

If you would like to read the full SIAMS report, there is a link in the attachment below:

St Augustines SIAMS March 2017

RE and Collective Worship Policies

Our school has a diverse RE Policy embedding religious education at the heart of the teaching and learning in school. The RE policy is strongly reinforced by the Collective Worship Policy which outlines how collective worship underpins our daily commitment to embracing the values of Christianity in everything we do. The policies are attached below.

RE Policy 2016

Collective Worship Policy 2016

We value all in our community as individuals and God’s children. We share our enduring Christian values and we live them each and every day, at home and at school. We create relationships in which selfless care and Christian love are apparent to all and are felt by all. This makes St Augustine’s CE (VA) Junior School a safe and awe inspiring place to belong. Our school is at the heart of the community, inspiring trust, wholeness and healing; a place where there is a welcome and hospitality for all, a place where great things happen because of our commitment to God – a school that is very much alive with the word of God.

cloud-word-tagsOur Christian Values

Our Christian values lie at the heart of our school.

  • Agape—love
  • Koinonia—community
  • Thankfulness
  • Compassion
  • Peace
  • Forgiveness
  • Justice
  • Service
  • Courage & Self-sacrifice
  • Hope

 

St Augustine’s Junior School Long Term Planning

St. Augustine’s Junior School’s RE plan has been designed to ensure that children will obtain a greater understanding of Christianity as well as other faiths. The enquiry method of learning and teaching will open up opportunities for the children to guide the teaching and learning process. The plans are a guide for the teachers to facilitate learning.

During the Autumn term, there will be a whole school focus leading up to Christmas. There is a statutory unit that will be visited every other year, otherwise, our usual Christmas festival will be taught in classes as usual for our church school. For Spring and Summer Term, units will be taught on a revolving 2-year program with an optional Easter unit with the exception of Autumn Term which will run on a 4 year revolving program. Learning about Lent and Easter will be as usual for our church school.

Whole school – Autumn Term

Year 1

Why should we care about God’s world?

Statutory Christmas Unit-Is Christmas a festival of Light or Love?

Year 2

How can we learn about Christian values from people in the Bible?

Year 3

How do Christians use the Bible?

Statutory Christmas Unit – Is Christmas a festival of Light or Love?

Year 4

Why do Christians share communion?


Lower school – Spring Term

Year 1

Why do Christians say the Lord’s prayer?

Optional Easter Unit: What happened during ‘holy week’ – and what matters most to christians?

Why do people go on special journeys or pilgrimages?

Year 2

Words of Wisdom (Jews/Torah)

Optional Easter Unit: How does lent help christians prepare for Easter?

How are people welcomed into the Christian community? (Rites of Passage)


Lower school – Summer Term

Year 1

Sikhism

Churches year — How do the colours relate to Christian festivals?

Year 2

Is Christian worship the same all around the world?

How have Christians changed the world? (local people—Mary Walsham, Edith Cavel?) Africa Links, Charity Links.


Upper school – Spring Term

Year 1

Who did Jesus say ‘I am’?

How did Jesus’ teaching challenge people?

Optional Easter Unit: How do we know what happened at Easter?

Year 2

What would Jesus do? (How do the beliefs of Christians influence their actions?)

Optional Easter Unit: Adam, Eve, Christmas and Easter – What are the connections?


Upper school – Summer Term

Year 1

How is God Three and One? (Trinity)

Hinduism-What helps Hindus to worship?

Year 2

How can churches help us understand Christian beliefs?

What can we learn from stories of Faith – Christians, Jews and Muslims?