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R.E. policy, curriculum overview and Spirituality document.

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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
  • Harvest 
  • Diwali 
  • Easter
  • Christianity 
  • Chinese New Year
  • Buddhism 
  • Judaism 
  • Islam 
  • Hinduism 
  • Sikhism

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.

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Eid 2022

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.

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Christmas 2021

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.

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Diwali 2021

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.

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https://youtu.be/dsChNOxmhL0    Our School's presentation of the Diwali Story through drama!

 

Eid 2021

We celebrated Eid together with an enrichment day after a month of learning the value of generosity.  During Ramadan, we grew salad plants to sell for charity. We also thought about the special giving which is called "Zakat" for muslims.  Our community offered talks about the Qu'ran, festival foods and the Lunar Calendar.  Every class also chose to learn more about the faith as part of their work in R.E.

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Easter 2021

Easter 2021 was a real joy to us this year.  During the Spring term lockdown, we planned an exciting range of activities for children to take part in so that they could deepen their understanding of the values of humility and servitude within the Easter story. Each class learned a section of the Easter story and displayed their learning through drama and a range of work which was displayed in an exhibition in the hall. Children used their skills in music, drama, writing, Art, D.T. and Science as they displayed Easter gardens, models, pictures and writing to exemplify their learning.

Special guests were invited to school on 29th March. These guests have advised and supported school during the pandemic and have worked hard to encourage us in our work.   We were particularly grateful to receive Bishop Julian, Lisa Horobin and Jo Snape who represented Blackburn Diocese. They were most impressed and Bishop Julian commented that the values of the school were shown in the children's reflections.  He said that when the teaching of values is done well it is clearly visible to see within the children's behaviour and thinking.

We have been really proud of our learning and very much enjoyed working together again.  As the summer approaches we will be planning for our next enrichment which will be a recognition of the importance of "Zakat" in Islam. Charitable giving is one fo the 5 pillars and we shall be exploring ways to work together to enrich our community by sharing in the value of generosity.

             

Our Easter Exhibition can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKP_KNrlLgI

 

The Easter Story is retold by our pupils here:

https://youtu.be/EZQqI947OZk

 

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