Our school has a distinctively Christian character and ethos which is central to our school vision statement:
All are inspired to achieve their full potential within our loving community of life-long learners where EVERYONE is valued, EVERY CHANCE is provided for all to flourish in the security of God’s love and EVERY DAY brings the enjoyment of life in all its fullness
Christian values underpin all that we do inside school and how we treat each other.
At East Morton, “Love” is our core value and it is from love which all of our six key values flow: Hope, Justice, Community, Peace, Wisdom and Generosity. The Christian distinctiveness is explicit and implicit throughout school life, relationships and the curriculum. All members of the school community experience Christianity through the life of the school, as well as through the taught curriculum.
Religious Education is a core subject at our school and is taught weekly in every class. As a Church School, although Christianity forms the major theme in Religious Education lessons, we also foster an understanding of other religions. As a result, our children gain a greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They are also able to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices. We want every child to leave East Morton CE Primary School knowing they are valued, wonderful and unique, because God made them that way.
In Autumn, children took part in Interfaith week focusing on one religion and learning about key celebrations. Each class produced a short video to showcase their work during the week.
Our Collective Worship draws on Christian teachings and beliefs whilst being mindful of children’s wider beliefs and non-beliefs. Worship is inclusive and delivered in a way that enables all members of the school community to feel able to be part of the experience.
We have an active Worship Council comprising children from our Key Stage 2 classes. Please visit our ‘School and Worship Councils‘ page for further details.
Around Our School
We have changing displays around the school, showcasing different elements of the curriculum and demonstrating the importance of Christianity. Each class has its own RE display outside their classroom. Our entrance lobby has a stone cross which originates from the belfry of the Morton National School (1845-1976) when it was located on what is now the village green and our internal lobby has a specially commissioned wooden cross which incorporates our values logos.
The School Hall has an altar table, on to which a candle, bible and cross are placed at the beginning of each act of Collective Worship. Year 6 children take turns to lead the responses as the items are placed on the altar table. A worship table and display is found within each classroom, containing items for class based worship, the current theme, responses and prayers. Collective worship responses are in a class scrapbook which is displayed.
Outside our school we have a beautiful Spiritual garden which can be used for outdoor prayer and reflection. Seating arrangements allow for class or small group worship opportunities.
On our playground we have a prayer labyrinth which the children can use to reflect and pray.