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‘Learning and Growing Together’

Is underpinned by our schools core values of Hope, Friendship, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Respect, and Honesty.

We nurture the tiny seeds which grow into the mighty tree as Jesus describes in the Kingdom of Heaven as individuals and the community so that we can provide for others (Parable of the Mustard Seed- Matthew 13)


we develop our wisdom, knowledge and skills


is our character development, hope, aspiration, resilience and social action


is our community living well together,  along with dignity and respect.


We are a Voluntary Controlled Church School. All that we do at St Oswald's is underpinned by our core ethos and the values.

We have six core Christian Values which permeate through the life of the school;

Friendship, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Respect, Honesty, Hope  


The idea behind these story and bible links is to give children across the school an insight into each of our different School Christian values and also to be able to relate this to their own ideas and experiences both in school and at home.

There is a link made between a secular story and a Biblical one. If parents prefer they may substitute other stories they consider relevant to the value, but making sure that they retain a Biblical story which demonstrates the value from a Christian perspective. The theological basis, or Christian teaching about each value is included with each template. More detailed reference can be accessed from

The prayer and appropriate Bible verse included in the table reinforce learning about our Christian Value.

These Christian Value story links may be used as part of an RE lesson or in collective worship, particularly if led by the children themselves. They can if led by the children themselves. They can also be used at home with their families to allow the children to deepen their understanding of the school Christian values.

The ideas given in the templates are starting points to engage children, to deepen their understanding of our Christian values and to allow them to respond to the given stimulus.

Roots and Fruits is a resource to support primary schools in promoting the teaching of Christian Values. We use this resource to support our teachings in Collective Worship.

The 18 values are;

  • Courage
  • Truthfulness
  • Thankfulness
  • Compassion
  • Hope
  • Wisdom
  • Justice
  • Friendship
  • Service
  • Responsibility
  • Forgiveness
  • Respect
  • Creativity
  • Humility
  • Perseverance
  • Peace
  • Generosity
  • Trust