R.E. at St. Mary’s
R.E. is taught every week in every class at St. Mary’s. R.E. is an important curriculum subject. It is important in its own right and also makes a unique contribution to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and supports wider community cohesion.
Each term, the children follow a Unit of Work planned by their teacher. This is in accordance with Northamptonshire’s Agreed Syllabus for R.E. (see KS1 and KS2 overviews below).
As with all subject areas, teachers plan activities for R.E. lessons that are accessible and enjoyable to the children. These may include listening to or watching stories, drama, making items connected to their work e.g. diva lamps and the retelling or sequencing of a story.
As a church school, we have close links to our local church. Father James is a regular visitor to our school, and often works with the children during their R.E. lessons. The children visit the church regularly for services and as part of their work in R.E. Throughout the year the KS2 classes take it in turns to lead the Mass on a Wednesday morning.
Wendy Scales is another regular visitor to our school (see timetable below). She engages the children in a fun and exciting way to enable them to learn about Christianity.
You may find the following websites useful to find out more about R.E. in schools:
General resource: www.cafod.org.uk/primary
General resource for Christianity: www.teachingideas.co.uk/re/contents-christianity
General resource (including other faiths): www.bbc.co.uk/religiousstudies
Stimulating RE for the foundation stage through two cartoon characters: www.dottieandbuzz.co.uk
Covers all 6 major religions: www.reonline.org.uk
Pupils can email believers from all 6 major religions about their faith: www.peopleoffaith.org.uk
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