RE & Collective Worship

 
RE
 
As a church school, RE holds an important place in our curriculum.  In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children receive 1 hour of RE each week with Key Stage 2 pupils receiving 1 1/2 hours.
 
We follow the Northumberland SACRE syllabus, which can be accessed here, teaching children about Christianity and other faiths.   We use the Understanding Christianity scheme to deliver units of Christianity and the Newcastle Diocese scheme for other faiths to deliver units on Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
 
Through RE, we support children to develop skills in thinking, questioning and reasoning as well as promoting the values of respect and tolerance which are important in our diverse society today.
 
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
 
At the heart of our school lie our Christian values.  Each day we come together to celebrate Collective Worship as a whole school, in our classes and with members of the community.  We are very lucky to have regular visitors to school who celebrate Collective Worship with us including Rev Kelsey from our village church, St Cuthbert's and the Open the Book team from the Parish.
 
Each half term we have a theme, a Christian Value, which underpins our worship alongside other aspects of our daily school lives including PSHE, Circle Time and our lessons.  We also make links to other Christian and British Values where appropriate.  Within our Collective Worship, we celebrate important events and festivals from the Christian calendar including Harvest, Advent and Easter. 
 
Collective Worship mainly takes place in the school hall but may also take place outside, in classrooms and once a half term we attend a service in the village church, St Cuthbert's, together.
 
Asssiting with Collective Worship, we have our Collective Worship Crew.  This is a group of Key Stage 2 children who support the delivery of Collective Worship, evaluate it once every half term and suggest resources, additions or changes they feel would support the delivery of Collective Worship in school.
 
As well as a focus table and display in the hall, we also have quiet spaces in each classroom where children can spend time reflecting and thinking.  These areas display symbols of the Christian faith as well as objects, images and books to support children in their spiritual development.