“ Whatever you do in word or deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Colossians 3:17

Religious Education

This page provides prospective parents and visitors with a glimpse into our curriculum.  Parents of Blue School pupils are provided with detailed guides to subject planning in the form of ‘Knowledge Organisers’ in Parent Zone.

An Integral Part of Life

Religious Education (RE) is an integral part of life and the ethos of our school. Daily assemblies give the children the opportunity to reflect, pray, sing and hear the stories from the Bible.

Worship Assemblies are usually taken by the Headteacher on Mondays. Key Stage One and Two “Show and Tell” assemblies take place on Tuesdays and are led by Subject Leaders,  and our local clergy provide us with a focused worship each Wednesday. Our Thursday worship links into our PSHE curriculum supporting our children’s personal development, with our thoroughly enjoyable class worships taking place each Friday.  On each occasion, our assemblies are ably supported by our Year 6 Worship Team.

Curriculum

RE classes follow the LDBS curriculum for RE, providing the children with the opportunity to develop their understanding of what it means to be Christian and how to incorporate these values into their daily life.

Taken from the Religious Education in Church of England Schools – A Statement of Entitlement, our aims and objectives are for children: 

  • To know about and understand Christianity as a diverse global living faith through the exploration of core beliefs using an approach that critically engages with biblical text.
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and worldviews appreciating diversity, continuity and change within the religions and worldviews studied.
  • To engage with challenging questions of meaning and purpose raised by human existence and experience.
  • To explore their own religious, spiritual and philosophical ways of living, believing and thinking.

Godly Play

Godly Play is an approach based on Montessori principles that responds to the child’s request to “help me do it by myself”. This puts the teacher in the role of the spiritual supporter or guide who fully accepts that each child has his or her own relationship with God already. Godly Play does not depend on knowledge, but on personal response and spiritual engagement with God’s word within a supportive, safe community of friends. Consequently, it “works” with all ages and it works well in groups with a wide age or ability range.

In the Foundation Stage, RE is taught under the area of “knowledge and understanding of the world”. At Key Stage One one hour per week is allocated to RE and at Key Stage Two, 1.25 hours per week.

As a Church of England voluntary aided school and in accordance with legal requirements, parents do have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons.