RE at All Saints’ encourages children to see that everyone is unique, accept differences and believe that they are part of a master plan.
'The school’s distinctively Christian ethos, accompanied by the aim that all pupils should become the best that they can be as children of God, informs all aspects of school life. Pupils confidently share their mission statement, ‘We love, we persevere, we respect, we have faith, we enjoy life!’ and talk with passion about each value within it.' SIAMS inspection report 2017
As with all subjects taught at All Saints', our school vision and school values are at the heart of our RE curriculum.
All Saints' Church of England Primary School actively promotes Christian values. Our Christian values-based approach encourages commitment, effort and high standards in all that we do and enables children to discuss, explore and reflect upon those values we live by, which make us thoughtful, caring and responsible citizens.
Miss McLaughlin is the subject leader for RE and worship in school.
RE isn't something that we 'do' at All Saints', it permeates everything we do and is the foundation upon which everything is built at our school.
The RE curriculum at All Saints' is based on the agreed syllabus provided by Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education . This syllabus aims to embed Questful RE with the additional 'Understanding Christianity' resources with the key purpose of supporting pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
We have a daily act of worship which we feel is central to the school day. Worship is considered to be an important time of our day at All Saints'. We gather together to worship in varied ways, with all encouraged to find peace and reflection through worship. We have moved our worship slot to the end of the day as we encourage children to take home the messages shared in worship, thus further spreading the important messages shared. Children participate in worship through story, drama, prayer, song and discussion. We say the Lord’s Prayer, our school prayer and the Grace regularly, along with many other prayers, including child initiated prayers. Children are also given periods of time for reflection and contemplation within worship. This time for quiet reflection, sometimes using a candle, an image or music to help focus, helps children to balance and settle their busy minds. We explore different Christian values each half term during collective worship and these are reinforced throughout the day. At least twice per half term, we visit All Saints' church to worship, sometimes as a whole school community, at other times as key stages/year groups. We are very fortunate to have strong links between our church and school, which we cherish.
Our Guiding Lights lead collective worship at least twice per half term. Their role is to help all children in school develop a better understanding of each value's meaning and how it will impact their lives, whilst modelling our school values in action each day. The Guiding Lights run our prayer garden/prayer tent, support in evaluating the impact of the RE curriculum on our children, monitor reflective areas in classrooms, support in the planning of, delivery or and evaluation of worship and act as Guiding Lights to the rest of the school community, in whatever way they are needed to do so, which may be being a friend for someone who is lonely, supporting someone when they are facing a difficult time or just offering a smile of reassurance when needed.
Through the study of other religions at All Saints', and by developing links with other schools in England and across the world, we aim is to promote an attitude of understanding and tolerance of those of other faiths through increasing children’s knowledge about other people’s beliefs, values and religious practices. We aim for children to leave All Saints' as respectful young people.
Reaching out into the community and making links with charities play an important part of our life here at All Saints'.
Our alliance with the Church is very important to us and we are blessed to have our Vicar, Rev'd Toby, on the Governing Body. This has ensured that the Christian ethos is at the heart of the school’s work.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching and for showing people what is wrong in their lives. It is useful for correcting faults and teaching how to live right.
2 Timothy 3:16