Religious Education is taught as a core classroom subject in which children learn about the Christian faith of St Mary’s church, a variety of religious themes and ideas, and about different world faiths. Children are also given the opportunity to reflect upon different religious teaching and concepts, and develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. There are two aspects to RE learning: Learning about Religions (what people believe, and what they do) and Learning from Religions (reflecting upon our own beliefs and practices). We try to make sure we provide a balance of both aspects within our teaching.
Children learn RE for 1 hour in KS1 and 1 hour 20 minutes in KS2. In the Early Years, children learn about religions and cultures through ‘Understanding the World’ activities, as well as weekly RE sessions.
Here are the topics we are currently studying:
RE teaching also takes place at other times such as in the study of other subjects where relevant, during trips and visits (eg to St Mary’s Church, Regents’ Park Mosque, St Paul’s Cathedral, local Synagogue, Westminster Abbey), workshops (eg Creation and Science at Wetherby Prep, ‘Who was responsible for Jesus’ death?’ at All Souls Langham Place) and links with the topics we cover in Collective Worship.
Our aims for RE are:
- Nurturing children’s Spiritual Development
- Developing children’s Religious literacy
- Securing a Theological understanding of Christianity, as practised at St Mary’s Church (Key Concepts in Christianity St Mary’s Bryanston Square)
- Fostering an enjoyment of exploring faith, beliefs and ideas
We are currently trialling an assessment system, developed with John Viner (Section 48 inspector), which you can find here: http://johneviner.wixsite.com/reassessment
How can parents help?
Talking to your children about your own beliefs and faith (if you have one), as well as festivals and special events in your lives is a great starting point. For older children, it may be interesting to visit different places of worship, and to discuss current affairs linked to religious issues.
Espresso Faiths is a great online tool to help children learn about the 6 major world religions: Espresso Faiths
Truetube has great bitesize videos about faith and religion: https://www.truetube.co.uk/
The Church of England has lots of useful resources for learning about Christianity. We learn about some of the twelve Christian Values of the Church of England in our assemblies. You can learn about them here: christianvaluesforschools.com