As a Church of England School, R.E. and the purpose and significance of Worship are embedded across our Curriculum. Together with Holy Trinity Church, we have selected seven Christian principles to underpin our work. These are Love, Kindness, Co-operation, Trust, Responsibility, Respect and Honesty.
As an Academy, we have created our own R.E. syllabus. We have drawn together elements from Understanding Christianity, Discovery RE and Awareness, Mystery and Values to provide the RE curriculum for our children.
Two-thirds of the RE curriculum is focused on Christianity and uses the Understanding Christianity resource, with themes such as; creation, incarnation, salvation and God, please see the RE Curriculum Overview for more detail.
EYFS learning about Creation.
EYFS learning about Harvest.
Year 2 children each made a Christingle during their Incarnation topic.
One-third of the RE curriculum uses the Discovery RE resource. Each year group learns about a different religion, with some year groups in Key Stage 2 revisiting a religion first learnt during Key Stage 1. Please see the RE Curriculum Overview for more detail.
RE lessons include a range of activities across the unit such as discussion, role-play and hot-seating, alongside many creative tasks such as art and music. For example, children may be asked to write an additional verse for a Christian worship song, or design a new symbol for a particular religion. Where possible, we invite visitors in to talk to the children.
Year 4 enjoying some hot-seating to start off their new topic in Judaism.
Year 6 finding out more from local Elim Pastor, Howard Davenport, about how Christians put their beliefs into practice as part of the Kingdom of God unit.
Each term we hold a Spirituality Day with a different theme or focus. The day starts with an Agape service planned and led by one year group. The whole school comes together and as part of the Agape, we take part in the sharing of food. The rest of the day involves exploring the theme in different ways, often creatively.
The theme of our most recent Spiritulity Day was ‘Let Your Light Shine!’. For this we thought about how we all have different talents which is a gift from God and how we can use them to be the best that we can be. Year 2 created a piece of artwork which shows off their God-given gifts as well as their New Years Resolutions.