Religious Education is an important subject at St Mary's. It is a core subject in our school curriculum and is taught in accordance with Understanding Christianity (2016). In order to allow the children to have the opportunity to explore deeper questions about life and to learn about Christianity alongside a wide range of other faiths and cultures it is placed in the Core part of our Teaching, Learning and Assessment model. Further to this, we allocate 10% curriculum time to the subject.
RE must focus mainly on Christianity (Two thirds of the RE curriculum), whilst taking into account of the other principal religions in Great Britain. We deliver the Understanding Christianity with support from the Chichester Diocesan and the Agreed RE syllabus (West Sussex) which includes aspects of Judaism, Islam and Hinduism appropriate to primary schools. We teach RE through an enquiry model, using Art, Dance, English, Drama, through visits and visitors.
The National Society has issued a statement for everyone to understand the children’s educational entitlement for high quality RE.
Stations of the Cross
Each year Class 5 take part in Stations of the Cross. Usually we are able to invite members of the church congregation and our families to join us but due to Covid the class had to do this activity within their bubble. The photos are attached below.
We have Pause days throughout the year based on different Festivals and stories from the Bible.