We follow the Questful RE syllabus as recommended by Liverpool Diocese. We use this alongside a national resource Understanding Christianity. We consider the importance of religious texts, the impact faith has on believer's lives and the connections we can make to the children's own experiences and lives.
We are a Church of England (Aided) Primary School and as expressed in our wholly Christian mission statement; Jesus said, "Come follow me and live your life the way God wants you to." We aim to be a community in which the ethos and curriculum reflect the Christian principles on which the school was founded. RE was inspected by SIAMS in November 2018 and our provision was described as "Excellent"in all areas.
- St. Thomas' has an ethos based on a clear and explicit recognition of its Christian foundation. Our school is extremely successful in creating a caring and Christian environment in which children thrive and are happy.
Religious Education gives the children an opportunity to explore Christianity in depth. We believe it is also important to learn about Christianity around the world starting locally, thinking nationally and then globally. RE also provides our pupils with time to learn about other world faiths as they develop a sense of fairness and justice for all peoples whatever their background and wherever they live. Our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education reinforces the children's sense of awe and wonder and appreciation of others.
RE and Collective Worship (in fact everything we do!) is based on our core values of Respect, Thankfulness, Peace, Friendship, Responsibility and Compassion. The Bible and Jesus are our source of inspiration.
Our school's mission is: Jesus said, "Come, follow me and live your life the way God wants you to." We refer to this daily. Also as a school we regularly revisit this and discuss what it means in reality for all members of our school community.
We hold collective worship every day. Worship is in accordance with the Trust Deed of the school and is wholly Christian in character and is based on our Anglican tradition. The Rector, Rev Paul Robinson, regularly leads worship including, once per term, a family Eucharist. We also enjoy receiving visitors who come into school for worship. Worship is a special time of the day when the whole school community can reflect on the important spiritual aspects of life. We aim to make our worship relevant and contemporary for our school family. Please read our Worship Policy for more details.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from collective worship. If you wish to do this, we would like to discuss alternative arrangements with you.
CHURCH SCHOOL AWARD 2
We were the first school in the Liverpool Diocese to achieve "Church-School Award Two." This was presented to us in November 2012 by the Bishop of Warrington, Rt Rev'd Richard Blackburn. It was awarded for our "Outstanding" church- school links with St Thomas' Church and our community in Lydiate.
The children at St Thomas' make a significant contribution to the planning and evaluation of our school worship and RE curriculum. We have two pupil representatives from each class plus three adults (Head Teacher, Governor and TA - two of which are also members of St Thomas' Church)
We also have Worship Warriors from each class who meet regularly to plan then deliver whole school worships.