We follow the religious education (RE) Scheme of Work for Berkshire in all of our classes.
The main focus of which is Christianity because we are a Church of England Voluntary Controlled school. All staff encourage and promote Christian values in all areas of learning, not just during RE lessons. We help pupils to realise that not everyone is as lucky as we are and we support a variety of charities.
- RE makes a strong contribution to the education of our pupils by:
- Encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis.
- Developing their own beliefs and challenge injustice around them.
- Encouraging them to participate positively to our society with its diverse religions and world views.
We learn about other religions too. In Foundation Stage we begin to experience a variety of multi-faith celebrations at their level (this may be through dance, music, drama and art).
In Key Stage 1 we begin to understand the main features of Jewish life and worship and the differences and similarities between Judaism and Christianity.
In Lower Key Stage 2 we look in more depth at Christianity and also learn about other faiths such as Hinduism and Buddhism. In Upper Key Stage 2 we study Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. Year 5 & 6 usually get the chance to visit a place of worship for the faith they are learning about.
This is a time when the whole school, or groups within the school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to reflect or worship through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Within the school and for children this meeting is referred to as worship or collective worship.
We work closely with our local ministers, the Reverend Mary Harwood and the Reverend Miri Keen.
The Vicar leads weekly collective worship. The children enjoy these acts of collective worship and can relate their learning to everyday life. Collective worship is seen as a special time of the day and children have a positive attitude towards it. All acts of worship include a time for quiet reflection. During collective worship there are opportunities to listen, reflect and pray. Children are invited to recite prayers and enjoy singing hymns. The children are invited to engage with opportunities for spiritual development through questioning and times of reflection. All staff are welcome to join in with acts of collective worship and parents are invited on Thursday afternoons when achievements from the week are also celebrated. Children are inspired to link their thinking and day to day actions to the whole school community.
Government guidance on Religious Education
All maintained schools must provide religious education and daily collective worship for all registered pupils and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development.
Religious education and collective worship make an important, although not exclusive, contribution to spiritual, moral and cultural development. These activities offer explicit opportunities for pupils to consider the response of religion to fundamental questions about the purpose of being, morality and ethical standards, and to develop their own response to such matters