What does Christian Distinctiveness look and feel like at South Wilford?
We are a Church of England school. Our faith is the platinum thread, which runs through everything we do at South Wilford. Mrs Findlay is our Christian Distinctiveness lead.
The Faithful Friends are our Y5/6 Prayer Leaders in school. They lead a lunchtime club to teach younger children about God’s love and invite them to pray and understand the Bible in different ways. They will be leading assemblies and videos for staff and children this year and working with the other primary schools in our Faith Partnership, Bulwell St Mary’s and Sneinton C of E.
The Faithful Friends are currently developing our prayerfulness in school and our learning environments to enable a space for meaningful prayer and reflection in classrooms.
The Faithful Friends lead Collective Worship on Thursdays. We are so excited to lead the school in worship on our value of Friendship from Roots and Fruits. This half term our focus is on Thankfulness.
The fantastic Cross Teach run high-engagement and impact Christian assemblies for our school throughout the year. On Monday lunchtimes, they run a lunchtime club for Y5 and 6.
Parent/staff prayer group is every term in the studio with our vicar, George. Our next meeting TBC very soon! All are welcome to join us in prayer for the different elements of our school. We will send out a termly prayer bulletin to highlight what we are praying for. You would be so welcome!
Christian Teaching and Learning
For our Christian units in RE, we use the Church of England’s excellent resource, Understanding Christianity, where Children gain an in-depth understanding of The Big Story of the Bible and explore faith through the strands of believing, thinking and living. Please see these pages for further details:
The Big Story is part of our RE Curriculum for teaching Christianity. It tells the whole story of the Bible in a very visual way and is up on our playground for teachers and children to use and reference.
All of our classrooms feature the Core Concepts from the Big Story.
The Faithful Friends use the Big Story to teach children how the parts of the Bible are connected together and how they lead to Jesus' salvation and hope for the future of God's kingdom.
What have we been up to?
Thank you to CrossTeach for helping us understand how sometimes we don’t understand God’s timing but that he always keeps his promises.
The new recruits for Faithful Friends from Y4 were trained on leading worship and put together an action plan for making worship even more amazing, joyful and faith-filled.
Y4 pupils from Transform Trust’s Faith schools (South Wilford, Bulwell St Mary’s and Sneinton CofE primary schools and Zaytouna Muslim faith based primary school) attended this event at South Wilford. We shared insights into the Christian and Muslim perspectives about the Easter story. We hope our guests also enjoyed spending time in our lovely outdoor environment and on the farm. It is such a joy to be able to learn and share our mutual values together.
Faithful Friends and Emmanuel Project
The Christian leaders from Emmanuel led the Faithful Friends in a session of games, prayer and reading God’s word through fun activities.
We have so much to be grateful for
Cross teach come into school weekly to run a club teaching about the word of God and the Bible. They also lead assemblies in school throughout the year in role as Secret Agents of Christ, which we really enjoy.
Our New Vicar!
We are completely delighted that our Wilford community will have a new vicar, George, from the 13th February 2022. George, you and your family are so welcome and we cannot wait to start working with you!
Our school played a big part in the interview process. Year 3 and 4 watched and fed back on an assembly that he led.
Then the School Council interviewed him with questions they had thought of, including:
What was your favourite subject at school?
How will you help non-Christian children or staff to understand the Bible?
What events will you run for our community?
We celebrated the Harvest Festival in St Wilfrid's for the first time in two years, which was a wonderful experience. The wonderful Martyn Jackson from the Salvation Army joined us to speak about how Harvest relates to the Bible and our lives today.
The Easter Journey
We took part in a whole school 'Easter Journey' where every class experienced the different parts of the Easter story through drama, oracy, poetry, art, music and story. We visited St Wilfrid's church to learn more about Palm Sunday and re-created the story of the resurrection in the Willow dome. Friends of the school, Sue and Robin told us the story of the crucifixion.