"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
Barton St Peter's, is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, which means that the church and the Christian faith have a high profile in all that we do.
We are very proud of being part of the Church School family. Our values underpin all that we do and are shared with the whole school community. We have a close relationship with the local church St Mary's and the clergy who serve our parish; we take our distinctiveness as a Church School seriously and set great strength by the quality of the relationship within our community.
The Y6 pupils take an active part in the Church Schools Festival at Lincoln Cathedral in the summer term with Y5 having their own similar festival at St.Mary's. We attend our local church for services at Harvest, Christmas, Candlemas and Easter in addition to our act of worship being delivered at the church at least once per term. Members of the church community support the school with events such as the Holiday Lunch Club and Activity Days in school. In addition work with St. Mary's we work closely with the Methodist church, and Deacon Helen, their community officer is a regular visitor to school.
We also visit local the churches to support our wider curriculum ; for example drawing in Art, investigating local history and of course RE
Local clergy and faith leaders regularly visit our school and we have close links with our Bishop's visitor, all of whom regularly lead collective worship.
There are many ways in which we seek to realise our church school vision.
Collective Worship at St Peter's
Our worship rota follows a varied programme of opportunities for all children and adults to engage with God, if they wish.
Monday is a whole school worship delivered by the teachers on a rota. This is our first gathering of the week and a time to come together as a family.
Tuesday Worship is led by Miss Brack and Mr Danson. We learn new songs on a Tuesday.
Wednesday is our visitor worship where we welcome visitors from many faiths and organisations to lead. Our newest visitors are the Imam from the mosque in Scunthorpe and Mr Carr from the Evangelical church.
Thursdays is class worship where we gather in our classrooms to reflect on the messages from the week.
Friday worship is led by the Worship Council. This group of children lead on all aspects of Friday worship and evaluate the week.
Half termly we hold a celebration worship where we celebrate our lights shining with family and friends.
Our worship areas always reflect the colours and thoughts of the liturgical year.
As we can't all be together for our worship at the moment we wanted to do something that would help us feel a sense of togetherness. Each week one class will write a prayer which all classes will us that week in their worship time. This will remind us that everyone is here and that we are rebuilding our school community.
Please take a moment to have a look
Barton St Peter's Church of England Primary School enjoys a special church school status and has a close relationship with the parish church of St.Mary's and the many clergy who work there.
This means that we appreciate the church message of 'faithful.confident.joyful' from the Diocese of Lincoln and try and strive to incorporate this into all that we do as a school.
From the moment the children join us they are welcomed by a gift of Bible stories and as they leave us in Year 6, they continue life's learning and faith journey with a Good News Bible from the school. Mrs Wright, our Bishop's Visitor usually presents the bibles but because of the restrictions this year Miss Brack gave our new starters theirs. Mrs Wright did send us a lovely video message :)
Leads key services at church ( Harvest, Christmas, Easter )
Supports RE lessons
Supports development of collective worship
Leads Y5 church day
Leads joint worship with Wootton St Andrews
Supports with school trips and visits
Link with Seafarers mission
Supports school trips
Supports holiday lunch club
Supports activity days such as Lord’s Prayer Day and Year 5 festival
Supports activity days such as Lord’s Prayer Day and Year 5 festival
Co ordinates visits to the chapel
Leads Messy Church which children attend in the holidays
Our service looked a little bit different this year as we had to meet virtually but our google meet allowed us to be together while being apart and also allowed some special visitors to dial in and join us .
We passionately believe that it is key for all children to learn about a range of faiths in order to develop knowledge and tolerance by being compassionate listeners and as such, giving our children a firm foundation upon which to appreciate differences in beliefs and worldviews. As a Church of England school, we recognise the core place that RE occupies as part of a broad and balanced curriculum and its foundation in a strong and inclusive community. We recognise the variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds that make up our school community and embrace this variety in the spirit of Christian welcome. We are glad to have good relationships with faith practitioners from a range of world faiths and we value their contribution to our provision of a curriculum that is progressive and connected by a rich in wealth of resources.
We actively seek to promote key British values and see RE as one curriculum area in which our pupils can encounter and critically reflect on a range of worldviews with positivity, in order to challenge prejudice and counter racism through accurate knowledge.
We deliver a well-planned, progressive RE curriculum which helps our children to understand the religious diversity of our local area and those they have not encountered. Our creative teaching allows children to express their thoughts and opinions in a variety of ways to ensure every child has the opportunity to achieve and ask ultimate questions. The curriculum is founded on the concepts of believing, living and thinking which are central to the disciplinary approach of the LAS syllabus which is our foundation document.
The children of BSP will leave us with an excellent knowledge of religion and the diversity of worldviews. They will be confident within themselves to ask high-level questions, hold religiously literate conversations and offer deep personal reflections. By understanding people and their unique perspective on the world and valuing this as a vital skill, we believe good RE plays a vital role creating a more cohesive society and preparing our children for the globalised workplace. In this way, our children can know that they can ‘Let their Light Shine’ in whatever direction and however far they choose.
Uncovering Islam -
After a third and final lucky attempt we were finally able to welcome our muslim friend-Mr Imran Kotwal who came to show us lots of amazing artefacts to help us fill in the gaps of our Islam unit, bring it to life and really embed our learning. What a treat to explore over 22 artefacts of the faith (teachers included!) and listen to Imran read (and sing) the Qur'an in Arabic. We began with an assembly about 'What it means to be a Muslim in Britain today' before Imran visited Ivy, Elm 1 and 2 for the artefacts workshop. We were so impressed about some of the learning recalled, connections and sensible enquiring questions so well done all. Finally, Year 5 had a deeper look at the Qur'an and Hadeeth to progress their knowledge before staff met for CPD to deepen their knowledge too!
It was great to be able to learn again in such an enriching way and we can't until the summer to see Imran again for the Hajj workshop.
Julia Beckett, local Humanist, led an assembly in school this morning introducing us to the world of Humanism.
Year 6 then took part in a special workshop around the question: 'Can you be good without gods or religion?' as part of their current learning in Religious Education.
The children had a morning of questions and deep thinking - thank you Julia!
Support in the community
Our school is proud of the work we do to support the local community and how we engage in social action.
This year we have been supporting the Mission to Seafarers who provide emotional support to sailors far from home and also provide treat packages. Our harvest appeal collected items that the sailors need to give them a little comfort on their travels. Father Jake and Father Ivan, chaplains to the seafarers, came in to talk to us about the work they do and how important our support is.
Barton Area Food Bank
In our entrance we have a collection point for the local food bank. Our church school community has provided many kilograms of food for this collection. Mrs Wind works at the food bank and feeds back to us how valuable our support is.
Young leaders’ Award
William had to make a cake for charity for his Young Leaders Award. Because of the pandemic rules he wasn’t sure about this and so he asked if friends wanted to buy cakes instead and he would donate the takings. William chose Children in Need.
A lot of chocolate later he made over 100 brownies and £170
well done William
We are very good at helping people in our local community but we decided that we wanted to help people in other parts of the world. Mrs Crosby found out about a charity called Edukaid who help children in Tanzania to go to school. We have been twinned with a school called Mbuo Primary. You can read about the school on the sheet below. We are very excited about this and cannot wait to start writing to the children and finding out what school is like for them
We have decided to share the money raised at our Christmas Fair with the school and will be sending off a cheque for £350. This will buy 100 text books, 1 year's worth of chalk, some floor mats for the infants and some desks.
The Great Chalk Hunt November 2020...We wanted to think about how hard it is for our twin school in Tanzania to get the things they need! Our school council came up with the idea that we would hunt for cards and each card would be worth £1... a box of chalk costs £30! We found enough cards to buy 4 boxes of chalk ... and had a lot of fun too @Edukaid