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 6 2021 is: TRUTH and TRUTHFULNESS
Christians believe that Truth is revealed in the Bible in the person and life of Jesus. Through Jesus' teaching and the stories he told an insight into the nature of God and the way He wants us to live. When we look at our Christian value of TRUTH and TRUTHFULNESS through our worship and weekly Bible stories we encourage everyone to have the courage to be honest and truthful with each other and making the right moral choices. We consider the concept of being true to ourselves and the idea of searching for the truth.
"Tell the truth to each other" (Zechariah 8.16)
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
What some other people have said about TRUTHFULNESS and TRUTH:
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
'Be truthful, gentle and fearless' (Mahatma Gandhi) - why do you think he believed truth should be told with gentleness?
'Stop hanging out with people that tell you what you want to hear. Hang out with people who tell you the truth.' (Eric Thomas)
“Proclaim the truth and do not be silent through fear.” (St. Catherine of Siena)
'Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth" (Buddha)
'Truth is complete, it needs no exaggeration" (Anon)
"If you can't tell the truth to the people you care about the most, eventually you stop being able to tell the truth to yourself." (Cassandra Clare)
'A lie is like a snowball, it starts off small and then grows and grows until a point were it gets so big it falls apart and then the truth is discovered.' (Chris Hughes)
"Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away." (Elvis Presley)
Which quote do you like the best? Which one means most to you? Why?
Our school vision says: 'We want to grow, celebrate and make a difference'. Can you think about how considering the value of Truth and Truthfulness might help us to do this?
A Prayer for Truth and Honesty:
Loving God of Truth
Thank you for the peace we feel when we are truthful. Please help us to have the courage to be honest and to stand up for the tings we know to be right, whatever the cost.
Activity Sheet: Truthfulness