Our school has a distinctively Christian character and ethos which is central to our school mission statement. Christian values underpin all that we do inside school and how we treat each other. We put spiritual development at the heart of the curriculum. The Christian distinctiveness is explicit and implicit throughout school life, relationships and the curriculum. All members of the school community should experience Christianity through the life of the school, as well as through the taught curriculum. The key Christian principles that underpin both Christian values (and British values) are:
- That every person is made in the image of God: every person is valued and their voice counts. Our school motto is “Everyone Matters – Everyone Learns”
- Christian values (and British values) can be summed up in the New Commandment, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” John 15 v12.
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. Collective Worship starts from the principle that we are all a reflection of the 'Image of God'. This means that all pupils, staff and visitors are equally important and equally valuable in his sight.
Religious Education (RE) is treated as a core subject in Horsell C of E Junior School.
RE at Horsell Junior School is reflective, creative and thoughtful. Pupils make a well informed response to Christianity and respect those of all faiths (and none) in their search for God. Christianity is the majority study in RE and this draws on the richness and diversity of Christian experience in the breadth of its Anglican and other denominational forms, and in the variety of worldwide forms. We are inclusive and teach respect for different views and interpretations. Pupils are enabled to deepen their understanding of God as encountered and taught by Christians. They are also taught about other faiths and world views. We aim to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of world religions and world views. As a result, pupils will gain greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They will also be able to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices. These outcomes must contribute to harmonious relationships within and between communities, promoting social inclusion and combating prejudice.
St Mary's Church
Horsell Junior School has strong links with St. Mary’s Church, in Horsell.
Please follow this link for reading material related to 'Religious Education'.
For more information on Religious Education within the school, please refer to the link opposite.
Introductory overview to religion
For an introductory overview of the religions studied in Horsell Junior School, we recommend the following:
‘This Is My Faith’ series by Anita Ganeri and Holly Wallace
There are separate books about the following faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism.
Please see the attached document for a detailed book list.
We encourage the children at Horsell Junior School to carry out daily acts of generosity for Lent. The below website also has ideas for 40 acts of generosity for Lent to carry out within the family
Open The Book
Weekly volunteers from St Mary’s Church lead Open the Book assemblies which dramatically recreate Bible stories for all the children. For more information see the below website
As part of the Year 5 Religious Education curriculum, children visit the Shah Jahan Mosque and Brook wood cemetery. Please refer to the below websites for information on these.