Religious Education and Collective Worship
Through the teaching of Religious Education we aim to contribute to the development of pupils’ understanding of a range of beliefs and values and to develop their knowledge and understanding of religion.
Religious Education involves:
Developing a knowledge and understanding of the beliefs, practices and institutions of Christianity and other major world religions and exploring what effect these have on an individual’s way of life.
Ensuring that children understand the concept of ‘faith’, and that religious belief requires faith in something that cannot be proven.
RE at Spring Cottage is based upon the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus, which provides continuity and progression in the development of knowledge, awareness and respect. However, the school saw this syllabus as being too fragmented resulting in children not being able to focus on a particular faith for long enough and could not immerse themselves fully to gain the greatest possible understanding of different faiths.
Therefore, in 2019 Spring Cottage Primary School incorporated the Discovery RE scheme into our weekly lessons. Within this scheme, Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given fresh treatment every year, developing children’s learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism are included and there is flexibility as to which religions the school chooses to teach and when. This enquiry approach makes RE exciting and engaging for teachers and children alike.
The enquiry approach to teaching RE covers a four step approach:
- STEP 1 - underpinning key question linked to the religion being studied
- STEP 2 - children investigate the religion to a deep level
- STEP 3 - children evaluate their findings and draw conclusions around the key question
- STEP 4 - children reflect how their findings link with their own beliefs and experiences
Through this approach we aim to support pupils to:
- Have a deep understanding and appreciation of different religions;
- Understand the importance of self-reflection;
- Think for themselves when asking questions, carrying out investigations and evaluating ideas;
- Respect, and engage with people from different religious backgrounds and beliefs.
Acts of daily collective worship are predominantly Christian and allow the school to meet as a group, or occasionally as a class to reflect and consider our lives and responsibilities to each other.
All pupils are actively involved in a variety of religious services and acts of worship throughout their time at the Spring Cottage including; Harvest Festivals, Christingles, Easter services, Mothering Sunday services, Christmas Services and Leavers’ celebrations.