What we say about RE at Minety Primary School...
'I like R.E because you get to learn about what different people believe and how this affects their lives' Alice
'I loved it when we explored spirituality and used art to help explain what it meant to us' Lilly
One of my favourite RE lessons was when we re-enacted the Last Supper in Class 4, as it really helped me picture what it was like and why it was an important event" Max
" From the pupils first day at school RE gives children valuable insights into the diverse beliefs & opinions held by people today. It helps with their own personal development & supports an understanding of the moral, social & cultural questions that surface again & again in their lives. Ms Madeley (KS1 Subject Leader).
"RE is such an important subject as it gives children a deeper understanding of different cultures around the world and allows the children to acquire values that they canuse in their own lives. " Mr Trendell (KS2 Subject Leader).
As a Church of England School, the Christian faith is the foundations of everything that we do at Minety C of E Primary School. In all learning and life experiences, we aim to fulfil our school vision. We promote an environment where all children feel known, accepted, and valued as individuals, within a caring community, where our Christian faith affects not only what we teach, but also how we teach.
We believe that it is fundamental for the children to belong to a safe and nurturing community, founded on strong Christian values where children will develop an array of skills that will enable them to make their own positive contribution to our global society.
We are committed to creating a positive, safe and nurturing Christian environment, where all members of the school community will be respected and valued and SHINE. By SHINE in RE we mean children:
- Sparkle by exploring how they can contribute to their communities and to wider society encouraging empathy, generosity and compassion.
- Help develop their own spirituality, exploring and enriching their own journey of faith, beliefs and life choices.
- Imagine (and contribute to) the creation of a better world.
- Nurture a good moral compass, which is based on Christian beliefs, values and morals.
- Excel by learning to explore, understand, respect and appreciate diversity in faith, beliefs and traditions.
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Schemes of work
At Minety we use Discovery RE as one of our schemes of work which offers an enquiry based approach to help make RE exciting and engaging for children. 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 when.
In conjunction with Discovery RE we also use the resource 'Understanding Christianity' which support 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.
The two schemes are complementary but they are also distinct. They are both used together to deliver a holistic and balanced RE programme. This is achieved by replacing the Discovery RE Christianity enquiries with Understanding Christianity units.
Pupils from the school took part in the Sunday Morning Service at the Minety Music Festival.
A child in Class 1 brought in some lanterns, decorations and pictures of Celebrations of Chinese New Year. They learnt that lanterns are hung at Chinese New Year as good luck charms and that red is a lucky colour which is why a lot of the lanterns are red. Children are often given money in lucky envelopes to encourage good financial luck in the coming year. They also found out abut the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac and that they are mostly Roosters or Monkeys.
As part of Nativity learning Class 1 have been thinking about the Epiphany. The kings followed a special star to find the baby Jesus. They brought the special gifts of Gold (for a king), Frankincense (for a God) and Myrrh (a special oil).
The whole school created some Jubilee art for a display at the church.
Class 5 have been painting their completed clay sculptures of The Trinity
The whole school have been spending time learning about the Christian festival Epiphany - also known as Three Kings' Day.
The children learnt it is a special date in the Christmas story as it's when people celebrate how a star led the Magi - also known as the Three kings or the Wise Men - to visit the baby Jesus after he had been born. Below is some of their learning.
Class 5 painted flat pebbles to make gifts to celebrate Epiphany when the three Wise Men visited baby Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem.
We have a lovely assembly outside in the warm sunshine.
Class 5 have been making their own sedar plate as part of their learning about the festival of Passover.
Class 5 using tissue paper to create ‘stained glass effect’ class project on theme of Passover RE Judaism.
We have been looking at 'spirituality' and how we can express our own interpretation of it through art. Each of these pictures is an expression of a child's beliefs and what spirituality means to them.
Symbolism in the Nativity story
Class 5 made images of the nativity using chalk and black paper as part of their unit on SYMBOLISM IN THE NATIVITY STORY.
Class 5 made Christingle oranges as part of their unit of work on Symbolism in the Nativity Story.
Journey of the Cross
Class 6 have been exploring the journey that Jesus took when he was crucified. Each member of the class designed their own garden and included significant items that represented both Christ's journey and his story
Class 5 have held their own Puja ceremony.
Class 4 enjoyed learning about the Hajj and making collage pictures of the ‘journey’.
Class 5 have been making clay sculptures of Buddha as part of our learning about Buddism: The Life of Buddha.