Religious Education

 

Here at St Jude’s, Religious Education and Collective Worship are seen as an essential part of the children’s life and development.

We aim to do this by;

• Introducing the children to the life of Jesus Christ and to those who have responded to his life and teaching.

• Providing the children with access to a faith by which to live.
• Developing and enabling children to express their own beliefs and values.

• Encouraging attitudes of openness and sensitivity towards people whose religious beliefs and customs may be different from their own.

•Encouraging and supporting our children to live out our Christian Vision and follow Christian Values.

 

We work closely with the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education who provide support and training for our staff. Last year they created and launched a new RE curriculum which we follow. Using this curriculum as a scaffold, the teachers plan and deliver exciting and stimulating lessons which encourage the children to challenge their own thoughts and ideas.  Mastery activities are an integral part of our RE teaching – these are an opportunity for children to stretch their thinking and reflect about an idea or question.

RE holds a very high profile at our school which is enhanced further by our focus events throughout the year. These include; Our Christmas around the World Celebration and our Multi-Faith week during the summer term. This week is an opportunity for our children to visit other places of worship and share their experiences and thoughts.

“I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures in the Buddhist temple. It was also really quiet and we got to meditate with the monk which was really fun.”  Josiah year 1

“The Hindu temple was great, they had statues of their Gods all around the room. We learnt that they placed fruit at the foot of each of the statues as an offering, so the Gods can come down and have something to eat.”  Onyi year 4

Collective-worship
Collective Worship is held every day in the hall for the whole school, or in Key Stage groups. This is a special time for us to come together as our St Jude’s Family for prayer, reflection and celebration. Each week our collective worship focuses on our Christian Values, our Christian Vision or a special theme.

We have special assemblies to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter. We are also regularly visited by church leaders who take assemblies and encourage the children to visit their places of worship. Every Friday, we love to celebrate the children’s achievements for that week in our Celebration Assembly.

This is a wonderful time enjoyed by staff and children as we celebrate all the amazing things that have happened this week.

On various occasions throughout the year our children lead assemblies to which parents and friends are invited.

Over the past year, we have developed a children’s Faith Group who run and organise events throughout the year, provide insight on how we can improve our RE teaching and Collective Worship, as well as lead Collective Worships. Our Faith Group members consist of two children from each class, who are voted for by their peers.

“I have really enjoyed being part of the Faith Group because we were able to run assemblies and we ran a cake sale for our lent fundraiser.”  Eliza year 3

“Faith group has allowed me to make a difference by being part of faith related decisions in the school. It has also inspired me and given me the confidence to go for the school council and other leadership roles in the school.”  Tom year 5

 

RE Curriculum Map 2017-2018

Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Foundation Who made the Wonderful World Why is Christmas Special Christians Who cares for this Special World Easter Story Special People Why do Christians believe Jesus is Special?
Year 1 Christian Baptism and Marriage Why are saints important? Nativity Characters What does the Lord’s prayer mean? 10 Commandments Why is Easter the most important festival for Christians? What is Buddhism? What is it like to live as a Jew?
Year 2 What responsibilities has God given people about taking care of creation? The School’s own Saint’s Day Where is the light of Christmas? The parables of Jesus Noah Easter symbols What does it mean to be a Buddhist? Why are they having a Jewish party?
Year 3 Who is Jesus? Jesus’ New Commandments Advent and Epiphany Bible Wisdom Easter People What does it mean to be a Muslim? What does it mean to be a Jew?
Year 4 People from the Old Testament Pilgrimage Jesus and the Gift of Peace What are the 5 pillars of Islam and why are they important to Muslims? Remembrance Holy Communion Liturgy What does it mean to be a Hindu?
Year 5 Understanding faith in… Fame and Faith Christians through Music and Art What is the importance of symbols, beliefs and teaching in Hinduism? The Anglican Church What happens in churches at Easter? What do Sikhs believe? How has the Christian message survived for over 2,000 years?
Year 6 What are the miracles of Jesus? Beatitudes How do Christians advertise Christmas? Journey of Life and Death Monastic tradition Easter Hope What does it mean to be a Sikh? Rules and Responsibilities.

For other curriculum subjects click the following links:

T&L – OUR CREATIVE CURRICULUM
T&L – CREATIVE ARTS
T&L – ENGLISH
T&L – HUMANITIES
T&L – MATHEMATICS
T&L – PE
T&L – PHONICS
T&L – PSHE
T&L – SPANISH
T&L – COMPUTING