I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Welcome to Tanworth-in-Arden Church of England Primary School and Nursery. We hope you will get a good feel for the character and Christian distinctiveness of our school as soon as you step through our door. I am proud to be Headteacher of such a wonderful school, a school that is at the heart of the community directly next door to the Church St Mary Magdalene. Mr Philip Jones, ex-headteacher of Tanworth, once said to me 'at Tanworth it is as if God puts his arms around you as soon as you step through the door'.
At Tanworth our mission is simply to take the children by the hand and invite them to join us on the journey, working in close partnership with our neighbouring church and vicar, as together we all discover our own spirituality and for some Christian spirituality. We promise also to help nurture those of other faiths and to give a creative space for those of no faith to explore our distinctive beliefs.
At Tanworth the teachers, leaders, Governors, learning assistants, office staff, site team, parents and of course our children have an important role to play in making our school a place where Christian love and commitment is expressed in everyday life.
THIS HALF TERM'S VALUE
Please find the home-school newsletter for 'Service', along with our poster and quotes sheet for this half term's value:
OUR VALUES & HOW WE EXPLORE THEM
Our key values, linked to the Church of England's vision, are
'Hope, Dignity, Community and Wisdom'.
We have fourteen other Christian values which flow from our main four:
To support us in our whole school collective worship, we use a resource called 'Roots and Fruits' designed to support 'whole school' worship, which is rooted in Bible teaching. This focuses on our value for the half term. In addition we link our Open the Book stories in school and church to the value too.
KS1 - Children in KS1 have two Key Stage assemblies each half term, focused on the value, using 'Oscar in the box' which allow them to explore the value further at an age appropriate level with an owl puppet called Oscar.
KS2 - Children in KS2 reflect 3 times a half term on the value and use a reflective journal to think about when they see others showing the value, when they see themselves showing it and how they can take their learning from the value forward in their lives.
At the end of each half term, class teachers have the task of choosing a child who consistently shows the value. They are then celebrated in church in a special 'Values Recognition Assembly' and invited to share drinks and cake with their family.
RESOURCES TO SUPPORT YOU AT HOME
These are a mixture of resources from school, church and some which are from the new Church of England support called Faith at Home. Some are support for during periods of lockdown and others you may find useful at all times.
For further information and support, why not follow the link to the Church of England's 'Faith at Home' site?
Collective Acts of Worship are an important part of our life here at Tanworth. Please click below to find out more and see what happens.
As part of our RE Curriculum and interweaved into our school life, is the Understanding Christianity Resource, which allows us all to explore the key concepts of Christianity and to understand the timeline of the Christian story. It is used within our RE teaching and also referenced as part of our Collective Act of Worship. To find out more about Understanding Christianity and view some of our interpretation, then please click below.
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES LINKED TO OUR FAITH
We have a number of clubs and groups in school which give children the opportunity to explore and extend their faith, while having fun. Please click to find out more.
PRAYER AT TANWORTH
We feel that it is important for children's spiritual and mental wellbeing to be able to reflect and pray. We have a prayer garden outside and a prayer and reflection area in the foyer, so that children can choose how and when they wish to engage in prayer. Our Prayer & Worship Leaders are responsible for the the prayers which have been written in classroom prayer boxes and read some of these out in our collective acts of worship. Please click below to find out more...
LINKS WITH AND SUPPORT FOR OTHERS
BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH
We have the following links with schools, charities and countries as we learn more about others around us and how we can support others who need our help:
SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. The SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. Please find our most recent report below.
RE CURRICULUM & POLICIES FOR RE
AND COLLECTIVE ACTS OF WORSHIP
You can find further information about our RE Curriculum, exploration of World Faiths and Collective Acts Of Worship, including policies and long term plans by clicking the link below go to the Curriculum part of our website.