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 this Term is: FRIENDSHIP
Christians believe that they can call God their friend because of the relationship made possible through Jesus. Through our collective worship and weekly bible story readings we are exploring different kinds of friendship, what we can do in our day-to-day lives to be a good friend and support each other.
"Encourage one another and build each up" (1 Thessalonians 5.11)
What some other people have said about FRIENDSHIP:
“Friends are like the walls of a house. sometimes they hold you up, sometimes you lean on them, but sometimes it's enough to know they're just standing by." (Anon)
'A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out." (Walter Winchell)
'A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.' (Proverbs 17.17)
'Stop hanging out with people that tell you what you want to hear. Hang out with people who tell you the truth.' (Eric Thomas)
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 Friendship might help us to do this?
A Prayer for Friendship:
Bless my life with the gift of friendship.
For those who have chosen to be my friends, I am grateful.
Let our love, respect and affection for each other flourish.
Make me a good friend,
One who is loyal and caring and ready to forgive.
To you, who are our truest friend, I pray.
Friendship activity sheet - including some activities you could try at home.