Religious Education & Worship

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & WORSHIP

Intent:

St John’s School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value of a religiously literate child so that pupils can explore what people believe, their religion and how this influences how they live. Our pupils will gain knowledge and understanding and have skills to handle questions raised by religion and belief so they can reflect on their own belief, spirituality and way of living. All of this is done in a safe and respectful environment.

R.E. is planned in line with non – statutory guidance for Religious Education and the Walsall SACRE. The agreed syllabus aims to ensure that all children:

Know about and understand a range of religions and world views, so that they can:  

  • Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities;
  • Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed by, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and world views;
  • Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning. 

Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and world views, so that they can:

  • Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
  • Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value.
  • Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion.

Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and world views, so that they can:

  • Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
  • Enquire into what enables different communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
  • Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain reasons why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.

Religious Education at St John’s is aimed to engage all pupils in an exciting manner through a variety of learning experiences so that learning is a positive experience that not only develops new learning, but contributes to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Implementation:

R.E. is taught at St John’s in accordance with the Walsall SACRE and follows a combination of the Agreed Syllabus 2016 and Understanding Christianity for Key Stage 1 and 2. Our Foundation Stage follows a combination of Understanding Christianity and Understanding the World (Development Matters) following the strand ‘People and Communities’.

Religious Education follows a two-year rolling programme where children follow discrete units. These units build on previous knowledge gained in prior Key Stages. Knowledge is reviewed and built upon. Children have opportunities to celebrate key religious festivals and these are linked to learning and allow for a cross curricular approach. These are also supported by worship themes. Whole school R.E, days are planned each year and cover a variety of themes.

Children have the opportunity to visit different places of worship including St John’s Church in Walsall Wood where all year groups will visit for a myriad purposes such as; Christingle, faith and community, weddings, Easter and harvest. Visits also take place at Lichfield Cathedral, a variety of houses of worship through The Derby Faith Trail or individual local houses of worship. These experiences are valued by staff, children and parents alike. Family Services held at school and supported by the local church, often have R.E. or world issue themes and enhance the experience of children and the local community.

Impact

At St John’s we seek to ensure that all children in our school develop spiritually, emotionally, morally and academically so that they can express themselves confidently and feel free to question. They will develop a better understanding of faith and non- faith and begin to form ideas of self- understanding and where their place is in this world. This will enable them to both seek and cope with new opportunities and give them tools to interact with an ever changing and multicultural world. Through Religious Education and supported by worship, children will embrace the diverse world in which they live, celebrating the difference.