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Religious Education

Religious Education

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Year R looked at lots of items in our Chatterbox that remind us of special times.

IMG_5077.JPGYear 1 built sukkahs after learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot.  

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Year 3 learned about the seder meal that is eaten during the feast of the Passover.

13.jpgYear 4 put actions to the Psalm 23 - The Lord Is My Shepherd.  This made it easier to remember some of the verses. a(1).jpgMr Lycett came in to school to take us for a 'Walk Through The Bible'. 1(1).jpgYear 6 had a visit from Imran who came to talk about the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj.

Statement of intent.

R.E. Curriculum Statement
Through our Christian Faith, we acknowledge our responsibility to all, to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school family.

School Mission Statement

Our church school is committed to the provision and celebration of excellent education in a Christian context. In a caring, and respectful community, where Christian values are at the core of everything we do, we encourage pupils to excel and develop their full potential.

All children are welcomed into a secure and safe environment where they are valued as unique and are included, accepted as individuals and where achievements are celebrated.

Together, with God, we are building our future.

Intent

Our R.E. curriculum has been designed with the intention of enabling every child to flourish.  Good quality R.E. has the potential to have the most powerful and lasting effect on a child’s heart and mind.  It is a subject that combines academic skills with the development of character and spirit.  R.E. provides opportunities for spiritual development and personal reflection.  It provokes challenging questions about meaning and purpose, truth and values, identity and belonging.


R.E. prepares children for citizenship in today’s diverse society.  It enables children to develop sensitivity to and respect for others.  It breaks down barriers and builds communities.
Our R.E. syllabus is taken from the Diocese of Blackburn/Liverpool.  By focusing on the explicit teaching of Christian concepts and God’s Big Salvation Story, it is hoped that the children will develop a deep understanding of Christianity.
A key feature of this syllabus is the large number of questions included in each unit.  The purpose of these questions is to give the children opportunities to investigate, reflect, evaluate and come to an understanding.


In our church school, this quest for understanding takes place within a living and active faith community, where questions about faith and belief are encouraged.
In addition, children need to have experience of a range of the major worldwide Christian denominations and other world faiths.  We aim to give children hands-on, sensory experience of authentic Christianity and the other world faiths we study, principally Islam and Judaism, with other world religions introduced through topics, such as holy books and special places.


It is not the place of R.E. to indoctrinate or evangelise.  It is our intention that pupils will experience, explore and encounter a wide range of creative and challenging activities that will help them discover the answers to key questions.
We aim that the impact of R.E. should be visible in all areas of the curriculum and school life.  R.E. makes a significant contribution to the Christian ethos of the school and is prioritized in school development plans and when arranging timetables and staffing.  We practise the belief that in our R.E. curriculum time, Christianity should occupy 80% and 20% will be devoted to non-Christian faith.

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Understanding Christianity


Our Syllabus incorporates the approaches outlined by the Understanding Christianity organisation.  This approach introduces the notions of God, Creation, Fall of Man, People of God (Old Testament concepts) Incarnation, Gospel, Salvation and Kingdom of God (New Testament concepts.)
To introduce these aspects, our syllabus makes reference to the Big Frieze, which offers a pictorial interpretation of God’s Big Story.  The visual impression of the frieze helps the children in their understanding of this interpretation, for example, black and white are the only colours used in the frieze at times when people are distant from God, and colour is used when people are in touch with God.
The Understanding Christianity approach emphasises the three-point stage in developing a full grasp of how religion affects people’s lives: making sense, making connections and thereby understanding how Christianity affects people’s choices as to how to live – the impact of Christianity on our lives.  It is based on exploring text, discovering the impact and making the connection between Biblical events and life on Earth over time and in today’s world. Children are encouraged to dive deeper, to identify the content of stories that helps to explain and answer questions about what Christians believe about Jesus and God.


Our school values

COMPASSION, RESPECT, HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE.


Creativity is encouraged through individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind set, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
All children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, courageous and creative learners. They will have opportunities to influence their own learning through age appropriate and progressive themes and topics.
Impact
By the end of each key stage, pupils will know, apply and understand the knowledge, concepts and attitudes specified in the Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education, published by the Church of England Education Office.
Our children will have a confident set of questioning skills and knowledge supported by Christian values which can be used in education and life more generally. In short, they will learn more, remember more, enjoy more and develop more creatively, spiritually, socially and emotionally, thus enabling them to be ready for their next stage in education and life itself.

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