As Church of England schools, we are passionate about the teaching of Religious Education and value its place highly in our curriculum provision. We have worked together with our advisor from the Lichfield Diocese, to create our long term plans. They include units from Understanding Christianity and the Staffordshire Locally Agreed Syllabus. Our teaching is heavily focussed on Christianity but we are committed to teaching our children about other world religions to enable them to flourish in our rich and diverse multicultural society.
We enhance the teaching of RE by planning relevant and exciting trips. We have visited the Jewish Synagogue Museum in Manchester and have recently been on the Faith Trail in Derby, visiting a Hindu Temple, Sikh Gurdwara and an Islamic Mosque
We are closely linked with our local church and clergy. As well as taking part in special services and open door events, the church also acts as a resource when teaching about Christianity.
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Examples of our Work
Class 2 have also been learning about Purim. Purim is a Jewish festival which celebrates Esthers bravery which leads to the saving of the Jewish race. The children made graggers to shake whenever the evil Haman's name is said. Great fun!!!
Class 2 also made Hamantaschen. Jewish children eat these filled with delicious jam. They are the same shape as Haman's hat.
Class 2 have also been writing about the Diwali story when Rama killed Ravana and he and Sita could return home (See below).
With Student teacher Miss Fazal Class 2 learnt about Islam. They tried on Scarves and Taqiyah. They also looked at the Qu'ran and some prayer mats, and learnt about Allah's 99 names. This made us think of other names for God.
On the 12th February 2019 Years 3 and 4 from across our federation visited the Manchester Jewish Museum and Synagogue. It was a fantastic day out to celebrate and consolidate the children's learning on the Jewish faith. We had the chance to explore the museum and the special objects and artefacts that are kept there. We also explored the story of Passover and why it is such a special and important celebration for people of the Jewish faith. The children had a wonderful time and loved visiting a new place and meeting new people!