At St Andrew’s School, we seek to provide children with rich opportunities to explore a range of faiths, making connections with their own lives and beliefs. We aim to provide opportunities for children to reflect and ask the bigger questions. We enable the children to do this by:
- Learning about a range of faiths
- Learning from a range of faiths
- Experiencing different religions through visitors and visits
- Exploration of faith through a range of high quality sources
Our hope is that the children will be able to make informed choices about their own views on faith, and respect those with opinions on faith which differ to their own.
Trips and Visitors
Below are a few of the trips and visitors the children experience as part of the RE curriculum during their time at St Andrew’s.
As part of our learning about Judaism, the children are visited by a Jewish Rabbi. They explore the importance of two Jewish festivals, Shabbat and Passover and try a variety of foods eaten at these celebrations!
The children visited a Hindu Temple to learn more about the religion and the many Gods they worship.
The children visit Christchurch, going on a pilgrimage to learn more about St Frideswide.
Each Year group spends time with local Christians from the community as part of RE Inspired. They deliver RE sessions on Christian topics in the RE syllabus. These topics range from Christmas and Easter sessions, to more challenging topics such as ‘Death and Funerals and the Christian Response’, ‘Big Questions’ and ‘The Role of Church in Britain today’.
Links with St Andrew’s Church
As a school, we regularly visit St Andrew’s Church. KS2 visit the church at Christmas for a Carol Service and the whole school celebrates Easter together in a special service at the church. Reverend Jacky and some of the clergy frequently visit the school and lead services linked to the RE curriculum.
Each year, we spend time exploring faith during RE week. We have investigated what faith means to people of different religions, and how their lives are influenced by their beliefs, showing faith in action.