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Religious Education

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.

Bible Stories

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 3 2020: COURAGE

‘Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’ (Joshua 1.9)

What other people have said about Courage: 

‘Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.’ (Mary Anne Radmacher)

‘Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it.’ (Mark Twain)

‘If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed’. (Andre Gide)

‘A person cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.’ (David Viscott)

What do you think these quotes mean? How might they help you in the future?

When did you last step outside your comfort zone to try something new?

How have you overcome fears and achieved something you have been proud of?

Our school vision says: 'We want to grow, celebrate and make a difference'. Can you think about how the value of Courage might help us with this?

 

Thorough the Bible Stories, children will be exploring the themes of respect for all and respecting our differences, respect for self - as unique and special, wonderfully made individuals - and respect for the environment and God's creation. 

wb 2nd Nov ‘Peter Visits an Army Officer’ p379. [Acts 10].

Another story from Acts. God treats everyone the same. Reflect on who we show respect for. Do we show partiality to people from particular groups?

wb 9th Nov  ‘Do you really love me?’ [John 21] p362. Respect for self: Peter had to accept that he was forgiven /restored and now had a job to do – he had to put his past mistakes behind him. Can you think of a time when past mistakes have held you back? We need to have respect for ourselves and move on from things we may have done wrong in the past.

wb 16th Nov  ‘The Tax Collector Says Yes’ (p237) Jesus spends time with someone who is seen as a ‘bad’ person, saying ‘Do the healthy need a doctor? No, the sick are the ones who need help’. Are we sometimes too quick to judge someone and condemn them rather than try to listen and help them?

wb 23rd  Nov ‘The First Man and Woman’ and ‘The Garden of Eden’ Respect for ourselves and for the wonders of nature. People are wonderfully made. Let’s be respectful towards all of the variety of living things in creation – celebrate the things we have in common and celebrate the variety, our differences.

ADVENT / CHRISTMAS–the last 3 weeks of term are a good opportunity for children to read/discuss the passages from their Bible that relate to the Christmas story / the Nativity. Choose particular passages in a different way/time to discuss or focus on in relation to other Christmas activities you do but here are the main readings spread over 3 weeks:

wb 30th Nov: ‘An Angel Visits a Young Girl’ p210-211 (Luke 1) [The Angel Gabriel tells Mary she is to have a special baby; Mary trusts God]; ‘A Trip over the Mountains’ p211 (Luke 1);  ‘Beside the Well’ p212 (Matthew 1) Mary and Joseph’s mixture of excitement and anxieties as they prepare.

wb 7th Dec:  ‘Joseph’s Dream’ p213 (Luke 2); ‘Jesus is Born’ p214 (Matthew 1; Luke 2); ‘The Shepherds’ p216 (Luke 2) [Shepherds are visited by angels to tell them about the special birth]

wb 14th Dec:   ‘The Star that led to the Baby’s Cradle’ (Matthew 2) p219; ‘Gifts for the King’ (Matthew 2) p219; ‘He will be called a Nazarene’ (p220) – Joseph’s dream about Herod; Jesus as a young child.