RE and SMSC at St Andrew's
Here, at St Andrew’s Primary CoE Primary School, the aim of Religious Education is to help children to acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of Christianity and the other principal religions represented in Great Britain. We aim for our children to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour and for them to develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgments about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Religious Education is taught throughout the school in such a way as to reflect the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. Our school motto is ‘Together in God’s love we learn, inspire and grow’ and we feed this into our teaching on a daily basis. At St Andrew’s, we want Religious Education to play a vital role in our pupils education, social, emotional and spiritual development.
The implementation of our intent is carefully planned by our teachers, using the Curriculum provided by the Blackburn Diocese of Education. We ensure that children take part in daily collective worship and that prayer is an important part of their day. The children in our school are encouraged to reflect on what they see around them and act in the way that Jesus taught us. Across the curriculum our children are taught and encouraged to be critical thinkers and therefore this helps to develop their philosophical thinking.
The children regularly attend church and as part our curriculum all year groups should visit a non-Church of England place of worship to find out more about how a wider range of people engage with and celebrate their faith. Our use of prayer week to ensure that children have first hand experiences of their own and other’s faith also helps us to achieve our curriculum intent.
Through our high quality teaching and commitment to children’s spiritual development all children in our school should make good progress in relation to their knowledge and understanding of Religious Education.
We aspire for all children to positively engage with their religion and that they use this to make a positive impact on their friends, families and the local and wider communities. Our children will have an understanding and respect for other people’s faiths and beliefs.
The children in our school will leave as well rounded individuals with a respect and appreciation for their own religion, beliefs, morals as well as those of others.
As Church of England school, everything we do in school is guided by our identity as a church school. Decision made on a daily basis our made with Christian values at our heart. Our school mission statement is 'Together in God's love we learn, inspire and grow' which was developed with our church St Andrew's Maghull. Each day we strive for our children to develop their spiritually, morally, socially and cultural through a range of experiences including daily collective worship. Each half term we have a focus on one our Christian values, with these being explored through collective worship, worships in class and promoted by our Wow group.
Our collective worships are led by our Headteacher, all teaching staff, Reverend Janice and Simon the Vicar. We also have other members of the Christian community coming in to deliver collective worship with Brian delivering these on Thursday.
Our strong RE curriculum is highly influential in the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and emotional development of pupils, making a significant contribution in preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. It strengthens our understanding of Christian values, empowering pupils make positive choices.
Teaching our core syllabus 'Questful RE’ (developed by Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education), we aim to equip our children with the skills and knowledge to hold their own, informed conversations about faith and religion. Through this syllabus, we ensure the opportunity to develop a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection, thus deepening children’s understanding of the impact of religion on the world and enabling them to express personal views with consideration and confidence. We supplement Questful RE with Understanding Christianity, a resource developed by the Church of England Education Office. The key purpose of the Understanding Christianity project is to help all teachers support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. Units in Questful RE are paired with units from Understanding Christianity to ensure our children receive a deep, rich RE education.
RE lessons are taught weekly with wider opportunities for RE beyond the classroom include visits to church, visitors to school, themed days and weeks and visits to places of religious interest. 80% of RE curriculum time is dedicated to learning about Christianity and 20% to other faiths, as recommended by the Diocese of Blackburn.
Our WOW group is made up of a child from every class in the school. As a WOW group we meet to discuss the RE in our school and the children help to plan worships and events in school which will help to promote our Christian vision. The children in the group attend Church Parade at St Andrew's Church and help to lead the worship there through prayers and readings.
Each month we are going to create a display showing someone's favourite Bible story. This might be a teacher, one of the children, a governor or a parent. The Bible teaches us all so much and we want to share the stories that inspire us with our school community.
This months favourite Bible story has been chosen by Mrs Kerwin. Her favourite bible story is the story of when Moses parted the waters. Take a look at our display in the Junior corridor to find out about this story and why it is so special to Mrs Kerwin.
Summer 1 - Perseverance
Our new value is 'Perseverance'- the images below show some Bible verses which teach us about perseverance.
Spring 2 2017 value- Trust
This half term we are focusing on another of our five core values- Trust. We will be exploring the theme in Collective Worship and lessons. What does the Bible say about trust?
Spring 1 Value- Friendship
John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Autumn 2 - New value is Koinonia (community)
This half term we will be looking at the value- Koinonia which means 'community' or 'fellowship'.
Autumn 1 2016
Another new school year begins and our new school value is - Thankfulness!
Summer 2 value- Respect and Reverence
Our new value is Respect and Reverence- what does the Bible say?
Summer 1 Value- Generosity
This term we will be looking at the Christian value- Generosity. If you know of any examples of the children showing Generosity outside school please let us know so we can celebrate this in our Collective Worship times.
Pop up parachute prayer!
We had a lovely time last week using the parachute to help us pray. The sunny weather made it especially enjoyable!
Spring 2 2016
Our new value is Compassion. As always we will be exploring this in Collective Worship and lessons.
Spring 1 2016
Our new school value is Responsibility. We have been learning about how we need to take responsibility for our behaviour, decisions and the environment around us.
Autumn 2- New value is Peace
What does the Bible say about peace?
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Autumn 1 2015- Creation Creativity
Welcome back to a new school year! To start the year we are going to focus on the value of Creation and Creativity. With Harvest in this term it seemed like a brilliant link to celebrate and focus on God's creation as well as looking at the gifts of creativity he has given us. Please click on the link below to see ideas for things you could look at together at home.
What does the Bible say about Creativity?
Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says - he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be
Summer 2 - our new school value is 'Justice'
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God
Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever. For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints.
Summer 1- Value- Service
As part of this value each year group will be looking to undertake some form of service within school, or our community. If you have any suggestions of areas in the community where we could help, please let us know.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another...
We would love to award our Values certificate to some children for activities they do out of school- please let us know if your child has put this value into action!
Spring 2 2015 Humility
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4 verse 2
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Philippians 2 verse 3
As always please let us know if your child had shown one of our Christian values at home- we would love to celebrate this in our Celebrations Assemblies.
Spring 1 2015
Our new school value is 'Wisdom.'
We will be thinking about this in our Collective Worship times and lessons.
Autumn 2 Value-Hope
We have been thinking about 'Hope' in school.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Church School Partnership 2 Award
We were delighted to welcome the Bishop into school to present us with our Church School Partnership 2 Award. Photos are on the Twitter account of the Bishop in our assembly.
First he visited the church Luncheon club where our Year 6 Lunch Bunch group were serving. After this the new Year 6 leaders gave him a tour of the school, the Bishop loved meeting the children and getting a glimpse of our school in action.
His visit ended with a whole school assembly- he presented us with a lovely wooden cross and candle which will be lit at the start of every assembly. To give him a real feel for the school we also showed him the 'Happy' video which he thoroughly enjoyed!
This award is a reflection of the relationship between church and school and we will continue to look for more ways to further develop this over the next year.
Thank you to our dancing Vicar, Nick Wells (see the end of the 'Happy' video! ) for all his support in school.
SEPTEMBER 2014- Our new school value
We have started the new school year by introducing a new Christian value- Trust/ Truthfulness. As always we will be thinking about this value in Collective Worship, year group lessons and looking for this in action around school. Please remember to let us know if your child has shown any of our Christian values at home. Complete the slip on this web page and send it into school.
What does the Bible say about Trust/Truthfulness?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14 verse 6
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4 verse 25
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God."
Church and school partnership -sharing worship time
During the summer term we welcomed members of St. Andrews church into school to hold their Wednesday morning Holy Communion service in the Junior hall. It was a very special time, Year 5 and 6 behaved excellently and really enjoyed sharing worship with the church. The choir, led brilliantly by Mrs Wheelan, sang beautifully and it was lovely for the children to experience communion and be blessed by Rev. Nick Wells.
We are planning to hold another joint service in school in October and visit church in the Spring term.
Thank you to the members of St. Andrews church for coming to visit us.
Pop up prayer week 2!
Our second 'Pop up prayer' week proved very popular again! Each year group had the opportunity to come and pray from 12.45- 1.15 pm each day.
The focus of the prayers was for the world, including issues in the news, thinking about countries who are currently suffering because of conflict and praying for links that St. Andrews church has around the world.
The prayers are on display in the Infant hall around the world map.
Thank you to members of St. Andrews church for coming in to support us.
This year the Diocesan are encouraging all Church schools to take part in the Bible Alive celebrations. The aim of this is to give the children time to look at the Bible and engage with its stories.
Our Bible alive week was great fun! Each class took part in special creative work based on a Bible story. Ranging from Art, DT, drama, creative writing, lego model making etc..!
It was a lovely week, and so nice to see the children engaging with the Bible in a special way.
Bible Alive- special visitors
We had special visitors in from St. Andrews church, sharing their favourite Bible stories and our week started with Keith Wells from Maghull chapel. He kept the children fascinated and really started our week off brilliantly. Thank you to all our visitors- it is lovely having visitors in school and the children always enjoy it.
Below is a snap shot of some photos from Year 5's activities...more will follow soon from other year groups!
Values for life
Don't forget to let us know if your child has shown any of our values at home- Friendship, forgiveness, Courage or Endurance, and our news school value Truthfulness. Please complete the 'Golden ticket' below and send it into school.
Summer 2- Endurance
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
Hebrews 10 verse 36
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.
Colossians 1 verse 11
Summer 1 - Courage.
What does the Bible say about courage?
Deuteronomy 31 verse 6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
'Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'
"For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'
Parent Values questionnaire
Please print off the questionnaire below and let us know which values you think should be most important in our school.
Spring Term values
Friendship - what does the Bible say?
Proverbs 17 verse 17
A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need
Proverbs 18 verse 24
There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.
Forgiveness- what does the Bible say?
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Colossians 3:13 NIV
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you
Have you been spotted?
Members of our school W.O.W group have been spotting children and staff putting our school values into practice!
Pop up prayer time Week 1! Spring Term
In both the Infants and the Juniors we had a special prayer week, the prayer tent was available for different year groups each lunchtime. The children could spend time quietly praying or write a prayer for our prayer walls.