Religious Education 2021 - 2022
Introduction to R.E.
Religious Education is a subject which enables pupils to explore the faiths and traditions which exist within modern Britain. Children are encouraged to ask big questions and to reflect on how others practice faith, relating this to their own faith and their values. As a distinctively Christian school, the R.E. curriculum follows units from the Diocesan scheme of work but with faith units from the Lancashire Sacre scheme, to reflect the diversity within the area of Broadgate.
Religious education at St Stephen’s School aims to:
- Give children opportunities to apply their understanding of Christianity to make reasoned and informed responses to life issues and moral choices.
- Develop knowledge and understanding of other principal religions especially those represented in our local and school community.
- Develop sensitivity and respect towards all people no matter what their beliefs.
- Develop the ability to reflect on and communicate with others about issues of spirituality, truth, belief and faith.
- To explore a personal quest for meaning.
- Develop knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith through a study of the key questions as detailed in our syllabus.
Religions and festivals studied:
- Eid ul Fitr
- Chinese New Year
Religious education begins in the nursery, where children study the key festivals explored within the community as part of "knowledge and understanding of the world". In Reception, children go deeper into the age appropriate expectations within "knowledge and understanding of the world" by exploring the Christian elements of the Diocesan scheme (harvest, christmas, Easter) and special people and buildings within other faith traditions. As learning progresses throughout school, children learn the language, substantive and disciplinary knowledge to explain how faith is practiced. Visits, visiting speakers and a range of visual and literary resources are used to develop knowledge and understanding within the subject. It is recommended that children have access to a minimum of 30 minutes per week of Religious Education in Nursery, building to 45 minutes in Reception and KS1 and 1 hour in KS2.
Our R.E. curriculum aims to give children the knowledge and skills to interact positively within their community and country as a whole. The curriculum reflects the values of the school and the values within the school motto, "ASPIRE to Greatness". The letter "R" within ASPIRE stands for" Respect". We believe that in developing an understanding of one another and a respect for difference, diversity and similarity, our pupils will develop into well adjusted children with the personal and social skills to live harmoniously within the world. The Diocesan units also develop a deep and appreciative understanding of Christianity, it's values and traditions, to provoke deeper thought about big questions and the basic tenaments of the Christian Faith, which is in keeping with the distinctive nature of the school.
Equality and Diversity
Equality and diversity are core values within many faiths and traditions and we seek to demonstrate the access to faith is for all. We believe the resources used in Religious Education should reflect the world as children see it and pupils should see themselves and their families reflected in the materials which are used.
Access for All
Religious Education is a core subject within our Church of England Primary School and all pupils have access to learning within this subject. To enable all pupils to succeed, resources are varied to enable pupils to access the subject. For children with SEND, the Senco advises staff on the provision needed for pupils who require an adapted curriculum. The EAL leader also provides guidance to teachers so that children who are learning English as an additional language are able to access learning. Teachers use a variety of additional resources, such as Ipads and scaffolded activities to enable children to acquire the language needed to achieve.
Substantive and disciplinary knowledge is identified within each unit and these are written into assessment ladders (key knowledge and skills documents found below). Teachers use formative assessment, in dialogue with pupils, to record the learning outcomes for children at the end of each unit. At the end of each phase (EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2) teachers record the proportions of children who are working at age appropriate standards according to the long term outcomes.
Mosque Visit May 2022
We were so thrilled to be given the opportunity to visit the new mosque on Grafton Street. The Masjid-e-Saliheen allowed the whole of main school to visit to see the washing area for Wudu, the main prayer areas and to receive a quick talk on the purpose of the mosque and it's benefit to worshippers in the community. Children who attend the Madrassah were able to share some of their learning and they are clearly very proud of their new place of worship.
We are very grateful to the Imams who allowed us to visit and look forward to encouraging other schools to visit the new mosque too.
We have been able to learn more Islam through our Eid enrichment day. Mr Timol and Mrs Tigari and Mrs Tigari's son gave special talks to each school phase to explain more about the units of Islam they have studied. During the enrichment day, children used food technology and artistic skills to create crafts as part of the celebrations for Eid ul Fitr. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to use community members to enrich our learning. We will also visit the new mosque on Grafton Street to find out more about how this place of prayer is used.
We celebrated Christmas as a school through retelling the Christmas story in our annual nativities and Christingle act of worship. The season of Advent was commemorated each week as we lit candles on the Advent Wreath and reflected on the values of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. Our corridors were decorated with angels and our upper junior pupils visited the Knife Angel in Blackburn. Our themes of hope and care for one another through compassion and generosity shine through in our actions and the impact of our learning in R.E. helps us to nurture important values which are shared across our faiths. Each class, through the worship leaders, created a "welcome" box which was handed to Asylum Seekers and refugees as part of our giving at Christmas time. We also donated to the "Children's Society" through the voluntary donations at the nativity performances.
We had a brilliant week putting the Diwali story into a whole school drama. We learned the relevance of choosing to walk in the light and celebrated the festival by making eco-friendly decorations. We were so grateful to Mrs Patel, our Vice Chair of Governors, who led talks and brought in so many artefacts so that we could understand how her family celebrates Diwali.
https://youtu.be/dsChNOxmhL0 Our School's presentation of the Diwali Story through drama!
Our Easter Exhibition can be viewed here:
The Easter Story is retold by our pupils here:
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