In recognition of both the Christian Foundation of the Junior school and the legal requirements for teaching RE, our teaching is based on the agreed North Somerset syllabus for Religious Education, 'Awareness, Mystery and Value' and the Church of England resource 'Understanding Christianity'.
We believe Religious Education helps children not only to gain a deeper understanding the nature of religion but also aid their quest for meaning and purpose, and the development of their own beliefs, attitudes and values.
Religious Education provides opportunities for the children to ask and discuss challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human. It develops children's knowledge and understanding of the nature of Christianity and other major religions, various religious traditions and world in the context of a diverse society. Their increased understanding of various beliefs and world views helps to develop empathy, respect and sensitivity towards others, challenge prejudices and promote ways in which communities can live and work together. RE offers opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual and moral development, and contributes towards children's self awareness and well being.
An overview of the RE units studied through the Junior School and the key questions explored can be accessed via the links below.
Each week children across the school read a passage from their Children's Bible which is linked to the current Christian Value being explored or to key Christian festivals in the church calendar. Meanings or messages from the Bible story of the week are regularly discussed in class or developed further in collective worship.
Our current Value in Term 4 2021 is: FORGIVENESS
When we look at our Christian value of FORGIVENESS we are thinking about how we can forgive others as God has forgiven us, how not to hold grudges but instead to 'wipe the slate clean' and make a fresh start.
"Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others." (Colossians 3:13)
What other people have said about FORGIVENESS:
“It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.” (Anon)
“Forgiveness is a funny thing, it warms the heart and cools the sting.” (William Arthur Ward)
“When you forgive, you don’t change the past, but you do change the future.” (Bernard Meltzer)
"As I walked out of the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind I'd still be in prison. (Nelson Mandela)
Have you ever found forgiving someone very hard to do? Can you think of a time when 'wiping the slate clean' and forgiving someone has made things better?
Our school vision says: 'We want to grow, celebrate and make a difference'. Can you think about how considering the value of Forgiveness might help us to do this?
Activity Sheet: Forgiveness Home Activities
A Prayer for Forgiveness:
Thank you that you forgive us completely.
When people hurt us, please help us not to bear grudges,
and instead, ask for your strength to forgive.