Religious Education

Religious Education at St Oswald’s

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 working on being a Rights Respecting School. 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 other topic areas 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.

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.  These times allow the children to think more deeply about aspects of Christianity or Christian festivals and usually fall at the beginning or end of the term.

If you have any questions about the RE syllabus please do not hesitate to speak with Mrs Williams. 

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 assembly themes for the year. The church community also host our half termly communion service, led by our Ethos Group.

The assembly themes follow the church year and are interactive and exciting. We also have special assemblies each week led by member of the local churches, including Rev Anne who also often joins our pupils for lunch!

In our most recent SIAMS inspection we were given outstanding for RE. We were thrilled.

Here you will also find our Scheme of Work.

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