In Religious Education we encourage our children to be reflective, sensitive and thoughtful, to consider their own beliefs, to be considerate of the beliefs of others, and to develop their spiritual and ethical awareness.
In addition to teaching the main Christian festivals, in Key stage 1 we also study world religions of Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. In Key Stage 2, alongside Christianity, we study Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and Judaism. In the Foundation Stage the children think about how they share special times and take part in celebrations with their families and friends, for example, birthdays or weddings. We also link those special times to festivals, such as Christmas, Easter and Harvest.
Religious Education lessons are interactive, lively and fun with a strong cross-curricular approach incorporating art, music, drama, computing and creative writing. We have a large selection of books and resources reflecting both Christianity and other world religions. These artefacts are used to enhance learning, and the children are encouraged to explore these objects using their different senses.
We organise visits to local places of worship such as the Garrison Church in Bovington, and also visits further afield such as the Mosque and the Synagogue in Bournemouth. Throughout the year we endeavour to invite visitors to our school to share their different faiths. Padre Tony will be joining us to lead assemblies, and also he joins with us when the whole school visits the Garrison Church for celebrations at Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
We have enjoyed several visits from the theatre company ‘Oddments’, who have given amazing performances of Bible stories, followed by the opportunity for some of our children to take part in drama workshops.
Most of our class lessons are based on the ‘Discovery’ which is an enquiry-based scheme of work. For more information please go to the link below.