Mary Howard CE Primary School and St. Andrew’s CE Primary School are church schools that work hard to develop and sustain Christian distinctiveness through the federation’s motto, Believe. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13). In our schools, we support each other to thrive together as ‘One Family Under God’.
The Mease Federation has a strong commitment to Christian and Human Values that underpin our decisions and drive the curriculum, teaching, collective worship and wider opportunities we provide. To ensure that time can be spent exploring the Christian Distinctiveness of The Mease Federation’s values, the themes of Collective Worship are changed each half term.
Religious Education is taught weekly within our schools. The resource ‘Understanding Christianity’ is used to teach the children and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity. Despite Christianity taking a principal role in the learning of RE within our church schools, our children are given rich opportunities to develop an accurate understanding of other religions of the world that they live in. This learning enhances children’s appreciation of other faiths, which supports the building of relationships and supports social inclusion whilst tackling prejudice.
In our inclusive Christian schools, we have daily collective worships as a school or a class. Each week, the schools are supported by members of the clergy who attend and deliver a Collective Worship. The children are involved in Collective Worships; Year 6 children are encouraged to write or perform a piece of drama that ties in and reflects the story or bible reading of the worship.
Worship within our Community
Both of our schools have close links with the village churches. Each half term, visits Holy Trinity Church in Edingale and St. Andrew’s CE Primary School visits St Andrews Church in Clifton Campville to celebrate Christian Festivals. These visits include the celebration of Harvest, Christingle, Mothering Sunday and Easter. The Year 6 Leaver’s Service is also held in church at the end of the school year.
Every classroom has a prayer area for reflection. Children in each class have the opportunity to explore faith and develop their spirituality in a safe and interactive environment. We are also currently in the process of planning and developing an outdoor prayer area for reflection.