RE Intent Statement
At More Park, our intent for Religious Education is to provide an inspiring curriculum to develop a deep understanding of the Catholic religion and other faiths. We have strong links to St Thomas More Church and our Parish Priest, who contributes to each child’s religious journey. Through thought provoking lessons, we equip our children with the skills to let them explore, question and discuss different values and beliefs. They have the opportunity to lead on all aspects of school worship, living out the Gospel Values and sharing this with the wider community. When children leave More Park, they have a strong understanding of themselves, emotionally and morally, helping them to be able to adapt and cope with the ever-changing world.
Learning in the Classroom
All classes participate in two Religious Education lessons each week. Each class use The Way, The Truth and The Life programme (https://www.tere.org). During these lessons the children are encouraged to question and investigate what religion and what key religious people’s actions mean to them. Children use The Bible to read different stories and consider what teachings and messages we can take from them. They are also given the opportunities to investigate other faiths; considering the similarities and differences that exist. Doing this enables them to understand the ideas of respect and tolerance towards others. A key resource that we have is the Church and Father Peter, which really enables the children to dive deep with our Religious Education.
End of Topic Celebrations
Three times a year, families are invited to come into classes. Children then present to their families their learning from their Religious Education lessons in a variety of ways including; role play, art and songs. This is a lovely way for children to demonstrate their learning and understanding.
As part of our RE curriculum, every Wednesday morning two year six pupils visit each class and deliver the Wednesday word. During the sessions, the pupils read a gospel story and discuss with the class the meaning of the gospel story. Pupils then discuss what can be taken from this to help further improve ours and others lives. A Wednesday Word is also sent home to families so they can discuss the Wednesday Word with their children and make links to home life.
What do Year Six say about Delivering the Wednesday Word?
“I really like doing the Wednesday Word, because I can deepen children’s learning”
“I enjoy sharing the stories from the bible.”
“I love hearing other pupil’s views and thoughts.”
“I feel it is a good way to develop our confidence and it gives us a chance to interact with other year groups.”