As a Church School we have a duty and responsibility to educate children in an understanding of the Christian faith and its values. Religious Education (RE) is important as it enables children to learn to show respect for and build bridges between different beliefs and practices, people of different faiths and life stances. We believe that it is important that our teaching reflects the religious makeup of our school and community, including those who hold no religious belief and children are invited to share their family’s beliefs and celebrations.
Religious education is a statutory requirement for all pupils in maintained schools. It is expected that all children will participate however parents have a legal right to withdraw their children from collective worship or RE. Please consult the Headteacher about this.
Children are taught using the ‘Understanding Christianity’ materials, alongside some of our own bespoke planning. The children learn about major world religions, re-visiting and deepening their knowledge and understanding of different faiths throughout the key stages using an enquiry based approach providing a balance between theology, philosophy and human science.
Religious Education activities are often of a cross curricular nature, using art, sculpture, music, drama and other creative media. Children are supported to develop into independent thinkers who can express themselves and develop their religious literacy skills.
Periodically, we follow a whole school theme known as ‘The Big Question’, an open ended task aimed at encouraging children to think about life. Examples of ‘big questions’ could be: ‘If you were God, which prayers would you answer and why?’
Alongside this whole school Experience days are planned and carried out following key moments from the Liturgical calendar, such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter, Eucharist and Pentecost.