Our teaching of RE enables children to extend their own sense of values and promotes their spiritual growth and development. We encourage the children to reflect on their own views in relation to the themes covered in the curriculum.
We use children’s experiences of religious festivals and celebrations to develop their religious thinking. These festivals are included in our assembly themes and may involve contributions from people of other faiths.
Our school is inclusive and this is reflective of Gospel values. The children learn about other faiths and celebrate the diversity of where they live. At the same time they will learn that they are part of a worshipping community. For this reason, the programme of study is distinctively Anglican.
All children are taught RE as a timetabled lesson.
RE permeates through many curriculum areas and is not confined to the weekly lesson; for example, topic work or literacy.
The PSHE Scheme of work, including the SEAL programme, provides the opportunity for the teaching and discussion of moral beliefs that underpin individual choice of behaviour and may be guided by a particular religion or faith.
Through teaching RE we provide opportunities for spiritual development. We help the children to recognise the difference between right and wrong through the study of moral and ethical questions. Children explore issues of religious faith and values, and in doing so, they develop their knowledge and understanding of the cultural content of their own lives.
Laura Mayende ~ Religious Education Subject Leader
Through our Religious Education teaching we aim to enable children;
To develop an understanding of core Christian Values highlighted by the ethos of the school.
To have a knowledge of who Jesus is, why He came and how people come to have faith in Him and serve Him.
To develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding and an awareness of spiritual and moral issues.
To develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths and what it means to be committed to a religious tradition.
To encourage the children to have a sense of awe and wonder when they explore the natural world.
To reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions in life asked by people.
To have respect for others people’s views and to celebrate the diversity in society.
To develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems.
To appreciate and value the ways that religion is conveyed in stories, myths, rituals, symbols, artefacts, art, music and drama.
End of Year Group Expectations
At St. Mary’s we follow the programme of study outlined in the London Diocesan Board for School’s Scheme of Work ‘Every Child Matters to God’.
Listed below are the main learning concepts for each class. Each concept studied has a Christian focus, whilst including related stories/traditions and beliefs from other faiths.
Reception – Personal Growth, Sacred text, Nativity, Worship, Praise, Sharing, Prayer and Celebration.