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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10

RE in Action around our school

At Archbishop Cranmer our commitment to R.E. and to our vision statement is translated in to practice and we have a quality enrichment programme to support our learning which means  our vision statement is lived out in our daily lives.  We aim for children to become excellent Christian role models for the future world and we are inclusive and  respectful whilst celebrating  global diversity.

With the Christian values as the driving force of all we do we desire to do something that will be remembered and make a significant difference in the big picture of our children’s lives, now in and in the future  so it is also our mission that we work in partnership with one another “ to establish the work of our hands”.

See some of our “R.E. in Action”  here.

October 2019


  • We are enjoying ourHeart smart lessons and have been focusing on  co-operation and  working together to fill our toolbox. This weeks theme was loving others. Our bible verse is love each other deeply with all you heart. 1 Peter 2:22
  • Foundation ahaven't  let the weather stop them in their love of being outside. We have been planting some surprises for the Spring term in the quad... snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils and  taking care of our environment,  appreciating beautiful things.
  • We have shown courageous advocacy with our support for our local charity Nottingham Children's Hospital who we have really connected with. They came in to lead our collective worship and explained how our support really helps them. We will soon be taking part in a fun run sponsored event for this charity and it was great to find out about the positive impact of our help!
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  • Our delicious cake sale raised money for Macmillan - children baked their own cakes in a Bake-off style competition!
  • We collected lots of food and toiletries which we  delivered to  support a refuge in nearby Newark.
  • Look how long our paper chain of gratitude is! Year 3 wrote what they were thankful for on strips of paper and we made a long chain of thankfulness! Focusing on things we are grateful for helps our hearts to grow strong and be more joyful! 
  • We appreciate our precious world and one of our Year 4 girl's wrote her own song and sang it with her own video to raise awareness. Watch it here:

September 2019

  • All of KS2 took part in the Nottinghamshire One Life Outreach event which was hosted by Bishop Alison from Hull.  We shared our reflections about who we wanted to reach out to and why Jesus is important to us and shared our school prayer and own prayers. Afterwards we performed Maypole dancing in the Thomas Cranmer Centre.
  • Year 2 are getting ready for Harvest: they harvested fruit and vegetables which they have grown themselves!Image Image

July 2019

  • KS1 children created this beautiful 'Well Dressing' at Brackenhurst. 
  • Children who have consistently demonstrated and upheld our Christian Values were invited to take part in a mosaic workshop to create this fantastic mosaic of our school badge "Striving for life in all its fullness". 
  • Spirited Arts Project. We have been thinking deeply about our Christian Values as a whole school. We have thoughtfully applied our personal values to art work explaining themes like Where is God? Windows to the soul, Big questions and Journeys. Here is a small sample.


  • Courageous Advocacy  Well done to our courageous advocates who spoke with such integrity and leadership this morning in our collective worship. We are so proud of you all for living out our  Christian Values,  speaking up for the needs of others and showing compassionate leadership. Superb presentations of super quality.
  • After a democratic vote by the school community, teachers and pupils, we are pleased to announce that we would like to support a global concern of having cleaner oceans #4Ocean and our local concern of #NottinghamChildrenHospital.

June 2019

The whole school took part in Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer event. Some of the things we did:

  • Year  4/5 spent time digging deep, reflecting on and writing our own version of the Lord’s Prayer. Then we looked at the symbolism of colours and created bracelets to help us visualise and remember all of the different lines!
  • Year 2 were busy making sensory crosses today for their reflection area which contained a hidden Christian value of our choice. They also built a prayer cross to post the prayers of thankfulness they wrote during the afternoon and for future prayers. 
  • Year 1 have went outside to appreciate our fantastic world. They focussed on all the amazing things we can hear and are thankful for #birdssinging #windfloatingbetweentheleaves #grassdancing #childrensvoices
  • Each Year 3 contributed their favourite button to a tree of reflection and created a prayer jar to inspire reflective thoughts.
  • Year 1 also shared their thoughts and feelings with friends and God. They thought about how lucky we are to have people in our lives to be so thankful for?
  • Foundation thought about how we have lots of important special people in our lives. They talked about how much we loved them whilst having a love heart sweet. Let us Love one another for Love comes from God. 1 John 4:7
  • Foundation also hooked some Thankfulness Ducks. They hooked a duck and discussed things that they were thankful for. The list was endless from ice creams, to food, to our families and school.
  • The children in Year 6 worked with members of our Church community at the Thomas Cranmer Centre on global awareness and creating prayers. They found out more about the answer to prayer and created prayers of our own.
  • All of the children in school planted flower seeds. The children shared some thoughtful prayers to celebrate new beginnings.


  • KS2 wrote their own prayers based on this term's  Christian Value of thankfulness.
  • Foundation  children produced wonderful pictures and writing as they learn about the courageous leader of Moses.They asked, What makes a compassionate leader ? What makes a person brave ? # Christian values
  • Class 2 have been retelling the parable of The Lost Sheep.They discovered the message of the parable and recorded them in different ways, including hiding  the message in our own story cubes.
  • We welcomed  John from the charity Water Aid, learning about the importance of water in our world. We learnt that an average person should drink 8 glasses of water a day. # encouraging compassion and courageous advocacy
  • Many of us supported @christianaid ⁩ by joining  our parents for a sponsored walk on 11/5/19.