Our Christian Values
Opening minds, learning through challenge and celebrating God’s world.
‘Love you neighbour as yourself’ Luke 10:27
Skerton St Luke’s is a Church of England School with close associations with St Luke’s Church, Skerton. We cater for pupils and families in the local community by providing an education that is steeped in Anglican tradition and Christian Values.
Our aim is to provide a high quality curriculum, which should inspire in pupils a curiosity about, and the want to build a relationship with God the Father, Jesus His Son and The Holy Spirit sent to stay amongst us.
Our vision for our school is that all children develop skills through an enquiry approach and that this will develop coherent knowledge and understanding of religion and spirituality.
We open the children’s minds through learning in RE, Collective Worship, Ethos Group and spiritual experiences. Pupils gain an in-depth understanding of The Bible, the impact this has on us today and how we can develop relationships with God and each other now and in the future.
We provide an element of challenge, which enables and encourages children to ask critical questions and have a better understanding of the society in which they live. It also helps children gain a sense of their own identity within a social, political, cultural and economic background and allows us to celebrate God’s world.
Our school’s own relationship with St Luke’s Church is a well celebrated and inspiring feature of the school. Children, parents and the community are encouraged to live by our Bible quote ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ Luke 10:27. We do this by modelling behaviours, supporting many charities and working with a variety of groups in the local community to make our local area, the wider community and our world a great place to live.
Our Christian Values are taught through Collective Worship, class and family group activities and homework that encourages communication with parents and other family members. These are explicitly taught on a two year rolling programme and reviewed at different times throughout the year. Our Christian Values are linked to bible stories and therefore rooted in Christian narrative. They are taught alongside PSHE, learning skills and British Values.
Christian Value in Spring Term
This means to keep trying even when the going gets tough. The children will be encouraged to have self belief in order to keep on going and to speak out for what they believe is right. They will also reflect upon God's persevering love.
The main Bible story will be the parable of the Lost Sheep, you can read the story with your child below:
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Jesus taught people by telling them stories. One day He told a story about a shepherd who had 100 sheep. The shepherd was very good and kind. He kept his sheep safe from wild animals. He watched over them at night.
One day one of the sheep got lost. The shepherd left his 99 sheep in a safe place and went to look for the missing one. He searched high in the mountains and far into the wilderness.
When he finally found his sheep, the shepherd rejoiced. He put the sheep on his shoulders and carried it home.
The shepherd called his friends together and told them how he had found his sheep. They celebrated together.
Jesus Christ is like the shepherd in the story, and we are like the sheep. Jesus watches over us and helps protect us from danger. He doesn’t give up on us when we make mistakes. And He rejoices when we repent and return to His gospel. That is why the scriptures call Him the Good Shepherd.
Christian Values in Autumn Term
We used many biblical teachings to help explore the value. Truth is the very essence of faith, trust in the God who is trustworthy. Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony and so it is to be valued and honoured. Our main bible story was Storm on the Lake.
Jesus Calms the Storm
After Jesus had spent a full day teaching on the shores of the Sea of Galilee he said to his disciples, "Let us go to the other side." So they left the crowd and got into a boat to cross over.
After a while there arose a great and mighty storm on the sea. The storm was so great that the boat was being covered with the waves washing over it and began filling up with water.
While the storm was rocking the boat Jesus was fast asleep on a cushion in the stern. The disciples came and woke him up and said, "Save us Lord; we are going to die! Do you not care that we are perishing?"
He said to them, "Why are you afraid, Do you still have no faith?" Then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed and said, "What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?"
Christians believe that God loves and cares for them in many different ways in all aspects of their life. They know their response to this provision should be one of thankfulness and praise. We used songs, hymns and Bible stories to help the children realise the importance of saying and most importantly feeling thankful. Our main bible story was 'Jesus heals the 10 men' where only one of them returns to say thank you. (Luke 17: 11-19).