Religious Education is led by the CORE RE team.
Mrs Allen, Miss Ramage, Mrs Moxley and Mrs Badger.
Our RE Co-ordinator at Warmingham Mrs Allen
R.E. is a very important part of the life of Warmingham CE Primary School. Although it is taught in lessons we strive to ensure that Christian values are evident throughout the school. We are also a 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 Warmingham, 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. Reflection at the end of a unit through our Windows, Mirrors and Doors concept enables children to individually reflect on how the topic has impacted them in their own lives. 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.
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. For example, at Christmas time, we had a morning of Messy Christmas Crafts to help children develop their understanding of Christmas and the Christmas story. We also look forward to our Easter week which is full of activities including art, music and drama.
The lesson starts always with a question. Not all children believe or have the same faith and children enjoy questioning and discussion. The children also learn about Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.
As a Church of England school, ‘Let your light shine’ is at the heart of all that we do at Warmingham. We work together to nurture the wellbeing, learning and growth of everyone, empowering all to shine as individuals through our school values, founded in the Christian faith. Please see our most recent SIAMS inspection for which we were awarded outstanding.
Our RE scheme of work, from the Chester Diocese, is based on 11 Christian theological concepts. Each concept is built on progressively from Reception to Year 6. The lessons are engaging and challenging and always start with a concept question.
The worship themes follow the church year and 12 Christian values are explored in a 2 year programme. The worships are engaging, inspiring and include a range of creative opportunities with the idea that the children will eventually become leaders of collective worship.
We have strong links with St.Leonards, our local village church, and this enhances our learning and understanding of what it means to belong. We visit at Harvest, Christmas and Easter and for many other celebrations in between. The church community also puts on interactive workshops through Saturday Church for the children to experience. We work closely with our vicar, Rev. Phillip Goggin, who takes our Friday celebration assembly and always tells an engaging and animated story based on the Christian Value for that term.
Our collective worships are a very important part of our school life and we follow the church calendar to lead our worships. Additionally, every Friday we acknowledge and reward the children for achievements both in and out of school, promoting the ethos of the school that all children are valued and learning is celebrated. We also encourage our Ethos group to prepare and lead our Collective Worships so that they have ownership and a real feeling of value.