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Christian Distinctiveness


Rosliston Primary School is proud to be a Church of England School. We work closely with our local church (St. Mary's) and our vicar, Reverend Bruce.


Our School Values of: Respect, Honesty, Creativity, Hope, Thankfulness and Friendship are linked closely to the teachings of the Bible and reflect the three core values of the Church of England: excellence, respect and integrity. 


"So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 7:12

"Do not lie to one another."

Colossians 3:9

"He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers."

Exodus 35:35

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Romans 15:13

"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."

Corinthians 9:11

"If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."

Ecclesiastes 4:10


Each of these values are taught, demonstrated and celebrated in school every day. Our pupils uphold and respect our values and leave Rosliston CE Primary School with a strong foundation, supported by Christian teachings, to be thoughtful, respectful citizens. 




We appreciate that spirituality will look and feel different to everyone: we are all unique! Spirituality is an abstract concept, especially for young children. In order to encourage spirituality, we use collective worship and our RE curriculum to equip our children with 'Spiritual Capacities', such as: being self-aware, empathetic, imaginative and creative. We provide our pupils with a safe, nurturing environment to be risk-takers, to be curious and to be comfortable with stillness. Most importantly, we strive to develop a culture of kindness and generosity. 


RE Curriculum


Each class has weekly RE lessons, using the Understanding Christianity scheme. Each unit is introduced through a ‘Big Question’ and lessons build through a carefully planned sequence of objectives, to support pupils with reflecting on the 'Big Question'. Lessons refer to the big frieze, created by artist, Emma Yarlett. The frieze is used to support pupils in building coherence about key concepts and how they relate to each other.



Pupils are also taught about World Faiths and diversity. Lessons are progressive and follow the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus. The curriculum overview below shows how the RE curriculum is taught at Rosliston and shows where World Faiths are taught alongside Christianity. 


The Statement of entitlement from the Church of England states that;

'Religious education in a Church school should enable every child to flourish and to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10). It will help educate for dignity and respect encouraging all to live well together.'


Worship at Rosliston

As a church school, an important part of our day in school is collective worship.


We visit St. Mary's church, across the road, on Mondays and Fridays. Monday's worship is led by Rev. Bruce and on Fridays, we have our 'Reach for the Sky' Worship, during which we celebrate our successes! 

On Tuesdays, we look at Picture News in our classes, discussing current affairs and global issues. On Wednesdays, we have a whole-school worship, led by our pupil worship leaders. Thursdays, we gather together to have a singing assembly, in which we sing hymns, songs of praise and festive carols and songs in the run-up to Christmas! 


Our worship opening unites all of our collective worship sessions and we light our three candles whilst reciting our opening prayer. This helps us to keep our minds focused on the importance of worship. Our opening and closing prayers can be found below, as can our current worship theme overview. 


Derby Diocesan Board of Education Christmas Card Competition




We were thrilled and immensely proud that one of our pupils designed the winning Christmas card for the 2023 DBE Christmas Card Competition. The winning design (below) was printed and used by the Diocese to send cards to colleagues, organisations and friends over the festive period. 




Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)


Rosliston C of E Primary School is proud of its history as a Church of England school.  Our last SIAMs inpsection was in March 2019 and we were graded Good.  We were pleased with the outcomes of the report and are continuing to work with the Diocese of Derby to address the areas for development.


Please see a copy of the report below.