As a Church of England Primary school, Christian values permeate everything we do.
Our values of respect, love and honesty guide us daily in our mission to see that all pupils reach their God-given potential.
Our R.E. (Religious Education) lessons are an important part of this work.
The whole school follows the ‘Understanding Christianity’ scheme of work developed by the Church of England.
During an academic year, your child will study the concepts of God, Creation, Incarnation and Salvation. The depth of these areas of study increases from EYFS to Year 6, ensuring that pupils build on prior knowledge and skills. From Year 1, pupils also study the Gospels.
Lessons are a mixture of theology (often starting with a Bible text), the impact the concept has on how Christians behave and the connections to the wider world. A range of activities are used to engage pupils and deepen their understanding, from role play to artwork, mindmaps to posters, as well as written work.
We have six terms in the school year and four of them focus on learning about and from Christianity. The remaining two terms look at gaining and understanding into other world faiths. This starts with stories from other cultures for our youngest pupils before looking at Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism further up the school. Studying how other people worship allows us an opportunity to develop respect and supports the British Value of tolerance.
We use the worship buildings in the local area to support our learning about faiths, not only our local Christian churches, but also the Gurdwara and Mosque.
At the end of each unit of work the teacher assesses the pupil’s knowledge and skill set in a similar way to other teacher assessed subjects.