Reception visit to the Church Jan 18:
On a sunny, Thursday morning both reception classes went o explore features of a church - at Christ Church. Pastor Ruthy told the children why a church is special for Christians and also the story of The Good Samaritan.
In small groups, the children were challenged to complete a picture quiz by finding objects or places around the church.
A big 'thank you' to all the parents who gave up their time to accompany us - it is always greatly appreciated.
Visit to the Synagogue
Year 4 walked to the Bristol Hebrew Congregation synagogue on Park Row. We have been learning about Judaism in our RE lessons so were looking forward to seeing a synagogue and asking some of the questions that we had prepared. When we arrived, we listened to a talk in the main hall about the origins of Judaism. We then enjoyed looking at some of the features of the synagogue such as the arc and even had a go at reading the Torah! Towards the end of our visit, the children were given the opportunity to try some traditional Jewish foods. They particularly enjoyed the lekach (honey cakes). We learnt a lot during our visit and are looking forward to discussing this further during our next RE lesson.
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on
Pastor Ruthy prompted us to reflect upon our thoughts about our theme of Peace and encouraged us to find some Peace for ourselves and those close to us this Easter. Collective Worship Council read the prayers they had written.
Subject Leader: Mrs Petters
Christ Church School believes that the principal aim of RE is to engage pupils in systematic enquiry into significant human questions which religion and worldviews address, so that they can develop the understanding and skills needed to appreciate and appraise varied responses to these questions, as well as develop responses of their own.
Coverage: Christ Church RE Curriculum using South Gloucestershire syllabus 2016-2021
How the subject is taught at Christ Church
Religious Education is planned to engage children through a range of differentiated activities suitable for those of different ages, abilities and backgrounds. Pupils will be engaged in a variety of activities which will be structured to allow opportunity for reflection, exploration of beliefs and values, questioning and enquiry, investigation and personal response. This will be reflected in appropriate teaching and learning styles. A wide range of approaches will be used to help pupils develop their awareness and understanding of different religious beliefs. Religious Education is made more relevant by starting with the pupils’ own experience. Visits are made to places of religious significance and visitors from the community invited into school.The programme of study in the agreed syllabus (AMV – Awareness, Mystery and Value) provides a balanced coverage of religions and beliefs and to focus on learning about and from key areas from the subject. These ‘areas of enquiry’ (AoE) are revisited several times at increasingly challenging levels, ensuring a deeper understanding over a broader range of religions and beliefs over time.
Children’s outcomes in lessons are used to inform planning. At the end of a unit of work each child is assessed against the outcomes using emerging, expected and exceeding criteria. By the end of the school year the class teacher will have built a record of all children’s progress in their cohort for subject leaders to analyse and new class teachers can use them to gain a picture of new classes progress and attainment in order to inform future planning and teaching.
Opportunities for the application of maths, literacy and computing skills
At Christ Church by following the South Gloucestershire Agreed syllabus for Religious Education there is flexibility to complement discrete subject teaching with cross-curricular learning experiences that are more tailored to the needs of the pupils and community.
A variety of approaches are used as appropriate, e.g. debates, questioning and reflection, using artefacts, music, visual art, photographs, creative, factual and reflective writing, drama and simulation, visits and discussion, computing skills for handling data, recording drama or presentations, research for presentations and taking picture evidence. This effectively assists the children in their personal search for meaning and purpose in life.