Religious Education

Religious Education (RE)

 

Religious Education (RE) is a core subject at our school and we follow the Lincolnshire Locally Agreed Syllabus 2018-2023 and the Understanding Christianity resource created by the Church of England. As a Church School, although Christianity forms the major theme in RE lessons, we have a duty to foster an accurate and increasing understanding of other religions.

 

From September 2018, it will be compulsory to teach Christianity and Islam. Teachers can then choose from additional units and other religions to create broad and balanced units of work throughout the year. As a result, our pupils gain a greater insight into the world in which they are growing up. They are also able to appreciate the faith of others and develop a deeper understanding of their own beliefs and practices.

 

We aim to provide each child with the opportunity to achieve his or her potential regardless of economic and social background. We endeavor to do this by promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of children. Working alongside parents and the community, we aim to prepare children for a happy and successful future, creating lifelong learners.

 

We want every child to leave Little Gonerby School knowing they are amazing, loved, valued, wonderful and unique, because God made them that way. We also teach children the personal qualities and characteristics that Jesus developed during his teaching. We encourage our children to be motivated, persistent, confident, resourceful, communicative and organised.

 

‘Anything is possible if a person believes’ Mark 9:23

 

As a Church of England Aided School, Religious Education (RE) is viewed as an important part of the curriculum. It contributes to the ethos and values of the school and supports the school’s aims. We follow the Lincolnshire Agreed Syllabus.

 

We aim to ensure that the children:

  • gain a sound knowledge of the Christian faith based on the teachings of the Bible, particularly those of the New Testament.
  • develop a sense of wonder, awe, curiosity and mystery,
  • learn to ask and provide answers to BIG questions which are puzzling and difficult to answer or where not everyone agrees on the answer,
  • develop a sense of respect, sensitivity and cultural awareness and to develop a respect for the rights of other people to hold views and beliefs that are different from their own. This includes developing an awareness of other faiths.

 

We also aim to:

  • instill a sense of self worth and sustain children's self esteem.
  • provide children with opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • encourage children to make informed decisions and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their choices.
  • enable children to explore our shared human experience and the questions of meaning and purpose which arise from our shared experiences.
  • develop the ability of pupils to think about, and develop for themselves, beliefs and values by which they can live, through studying concepts like celebration, the sacred, authority, religious belief and lifestyle and through exploring the fundamental questions of life.

 

Children are taught RE by their class teacher as part of the wider school curriculum. Where appropriate, RE is integrated into other areas of the curriculum in a cross-curricular approach and linked with our school values of respect, fairness, honesty, working together, caring and doing our best. For instance RE may be taught and explored through art, drama, music, story and discussion.

 

Activities are planned to encourage participation by all children at a level appropriate to their ability.

 

A range of artefacts, pictures, photos, posters, videos, visits and visitors will be used to support the children’s learning. We have strong links with St Wulfram’s Church and children regularly visit the church as part of their RE studies e.g. when exploring baptism or places of worship. The clergy and other members of the community at St Wulfram’s are willing to meet with the children and be involved with Religious Education. Year 2 children also take part in the Church Schools Infant Festival held at Lincoln Cathedral each year.