R.E.

Religious Education at St Oswald’s is led by the CORE RE team.

Alice Ramage, Fiona Todd and Lorna Hunt.

Our RE Co-ordinator at St Oswalds is Alice Ramage

R.E. is a very important part of the life of St Oswald's School. Although it is taught in lessons we strive to ensure that Christian values are evident throughout the school. We are also a silver Rights Respecting School and are part of the Global Learning Programme. This too links in with our Christian values.

Religious Education (RE) lessons take place on a weekly basis at St Oswald’s, although the Christian nature of the school means that the subject is also woven into our Connected Curriculum and is clearly evident in the life and ethos of each day.

The children are introduced to the beliefs of Christianity and Judaism in the infants and these teachings are built upon as they enter the juniors, together with beliefs of Islam and Hinduism.

We ensure that as well as teaching the children knowledge about the different faiths they are also given opportunities to reflect on their own beliefs and appreciate the different viewpoints of others and their peers.  We do make sure that there is a distinction between learning about and learning from religion so that personal reflection is not rushed into before spending adequate time learning about each topic.   Throughout this process “Big Questions” are encouraged and children are given opportunities to reconsider their initial thinking, extend their enquiry or re-prioritise their questions.  In order to provide for this we follow the concepts and enquiry planning model:

 

The children are engaged through visiting speakers, drama activities, role playing festivals, art work, exploring beliefs in creative and imaginative ways, writing activities, educational visits and studying religious artefacts.

Due to the children being in mixed year group classes each class follows a two-year rolling program (see below), ensuring that all required units are taught.  However, as OFSTED advocate, we ensure that this is not followed too rigidly so that children’s opportunities to engage in broader key ideas or questions are hindered (October 2013).

Within our school calendar we also allow for specific RE days or weeks where we focus on different specific Christian beliefs and world religions.  These times allow the children to think more deeply about aspects of Christianity or Christian festivals and other beliefs and usually fall at the beginning or end of the term. For example, at christmas time, we are having a whole day of Messy Christmas Crafts to help children develop their understanding of Christmas and the Christmas story. We have recently explored Hinduism and Islam through whole school discovery days. 

If you have any questions about the RE schemes of work please do not hesitate to speak with Miss Ramage. 

The lesson always with a question. Not all children believe or have the same faith and children enjoy questionning and discussion. The children also learn about Judaism, Hinduism amd Islam.

We work closely with our vicar Rev. Anne Lawson. She helps us to plan Collective Acts of Worship (CAW) themes for the year. The church community also host our termly communion service, led by our Ethos Group. Rev Anne comes in to school to work with the Ethos Team and Miss Ramage to prepare the Eucharist. 

The CAW themes follow the church year and are interactive and exciting. We also have special CAW each week led by member of the local churches, including Rev Anne and other members of the Anglican and Methodist Clergy. 

In our most recent SIAMS inspection in 2014 we were given outstanding as a school. We were thrilled!

Follow the link below to the Chester Diocesan website to find our R.E. Scheme of Work:

https://www.chester.anglican.org/schools/school-support/religious-education-scheme-of-work.php

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Contact the School

St Oswald's Worleston Primary School

Church Road,
Aston Juxta Mondrum,
Nantwich,
Cheshire
CW5 6DP

Main Contact: Mrs Claire Jordan

Tel: 01270 623826
admin@stoswald-worl.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs Jo Cliffe

SEN Email: senco@rcsat.cheshire.sch.uk

For all enquiries, please call Mrs Claire Jordan on 01270 623826 or Email admin@stoswald-worl.cheshire.sch.uk

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St Oswald's Worleston Primary School. Church Road, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DP

Tel: 01270 623826 | Email: admin@stoswald-worl.cheshire.sch.uk