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Kentisbeare C of E Primary School


Ethos Statement

Recognising its foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the church at parish and diocesan level.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.  It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith, and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its children.

Helping children to develop as confident, enthusiastic learners is a central purpose of our school.  Our vision is to provide opportunities for all our children to fulfil their potential through a commitment to high standards and excellence within an engaging, broad and relevant curriculum.

Whilst standards in academic subjects are important to us, we want all our children to find success and achieve in as many aspects of the curriculum and ‘school life’ as possible.  We believe that children who are happy, healthy, feel secure and valued will be more confident and successful.

Mission : Inspire, Believe, Achieve

Create Storyclub

Lunchtime Bible Storyclub provides an opportunity for children to access, reflect upon and respond to, a wide range of Bible stories, in a non-threatening way. The stories are planned around the Church Year, increasing even very young children’s awareness of the festivals within the Anglican Church.
Through using simplified Bible stories, props, puppets , craft and reflective playdough activities, children have access to different ways of understand and responding to the underlying values, regardless of their age.  Children share their ideas and are able to discuss how these stories relate to their lives. Spending time together thinking about God helps build relationships between children in different age groups, and they are able to develop an understanding of faith. Children really enjoy being part of the story and often take their craft or colouring and share what they have learnt with children in other parts of the school.

This project has been an exciting development for the local rural churches in the area, being part of this work has strengthened the links between school and Church.  Local members have been enthusiastically knitting puppets to be used as part of storyclub, and the children adore using these to re-enact the Bible story as part of a lunchtime session. 
Churches have provided finance to purchase a wide range of age-appropriate, interesting, accessible and beautifully illustrated Christian books. Topics include: prayer, Bible stories from the Old and New Testament, resources about Church and also celebrating festivals. These resources are used by the teachers as well as being accessible to children.
Librarian work
The school librarian takes great pride in ensuring there is a wide range of multi-faith books which are accessible to the whole school.  The resources are supplemented by Devon SLS and ensure that children have appropriate texts that support their understanding and provide opportunities to learn about cultures from across the world.  In addition, the children’s Christian spiritual development is nurtured by a wide range of regularly updated Christian books selected from Devon SLS as part of their topic box scheme. 

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