Christian Distinctiveness

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We are all different but  woven together as a school family creating something beautiful. In our school we are woven together through Jesus as we encourage and pray for each other.  We are all God’s  children and he has a purpose for us all through putting us together.   The Christian ethos of the school is extremely strong and visible in every aspect of school life.  Our daily act of worship plays a central role in our life and work.  It offers important opportunities to strengthen our sense of community, belonging and inclusiveness and to reinforce the respect and care we have for each other. All learners are valued as God’s children, and they are nurtured and challenged to become confident individuals. We place a high priority on the emotional health and well-being of each child and know that in order to learn effectively, children need to feel safe and secure. We place enormous value on our relationships with children and their families and consider them as co-educators in their children’s learning journey.  Successful relationships  are the foundation of how a community continues to grow.
The Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)

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joy
peace
forbearance
kindness
goodness
faithfulness
gentleness
self-control

The fruits of the Spirit underpin all that we do and we weave these Christian values into the fabric of our school. All school policies are approached in a manner which encompasses these values and all staff wholly identify with the Christian ethos and work in an atmosphere of mutual support and co-operation. Governors also share the Christian vision for the School and are actively involved in the school’s evaluation of its distinctive Christian character.  
The Minster Nursery & Infant School RE policy 2016

What will my child experience?

Collective Worship
Collective worship takes place every day and is always Christian in nature following a variety of themes.  It is an inclusive time enhancing the spirituality of all present as well as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Religious Education Curriculum
Religious Education is seen as more than a subject within the school and is used to reinforce moral values and reflection and develop a wide range of skills.  RE is taught as a discrete subject and also in a cross curricular way.  A variety of strategies are used to enable the children to develop their knowledge and apply their learning about religion to their everyday lives.
Religious Education planning overview  

The Croydon Minster
Regular visits to church for end of term services and curriculum activities enable children to be familiar with the environment of the church and provide them with a secure understanding of the Christian faith.
Reflective areas Each class has a quiet/reflective space where children can pray or reflect which further strengthens the parallels with church and school as complementary places of worship.

The Croydon Minster
The Foundation of The Minster Nursery & Infant School is the Croydon Minster, which has been a place of worship in Old Town, minstertreeCroydon for over 1000 years.
There is a strong bond between the church and the school that further enhances the Christian ethos of the school.
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