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.

Harvest 2017
Our Harvest celebration at the Church was a wonderful way to gather together at the end of Term 1. It has been an extremely busy and successful start to our school year and we are all ready for an Autumnal interlude to recharge and refresh ready for Term 2. Year 5 recited a poem about the calm, quiet strength of a tree and it is these qualities that our school community has shown this term. A huge thank you to the entire staff team who have moved seamlessly from one event to the next with enthusiasm and drive to achieve the best with the children.

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.

Selection of events from the year:
Easter Service 2018:
It was a chilly walk to Church yesterday for our Easter Service but the Easter bonnets cheered up the grey skies. The children shone with their singing and our Year 6 narrators ensured we all heard the story of Easter. Our new favourite song is Lean On Me and we reflected on the importance of being there for each other when we need someone.
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.
Christmas Service Dec 17:
Year 3 led the Nativity service in Church yesterday, thank you to Mr Curry and Miss Antoniou for preparing the children so well; their first Christmas at Christ Church. Well done also to Olivia and Jake the narrators from Year  6, who held the service together confidently.  The quality of the children’s singing was impressive; Mrs Ford and Mrs Strzebrakowski achieve a wonderful sound with our children. We were treated to performances by the Community Choir, Belle in Year 4 playing her harp, Year 5, KS2 choir/ensemble and years 1 and 2. It was a lovely way to enjoy the end of term together whilst reflecting upon the story of Christmas.  Your generous Foodbank donations were greatly appreciated.
Yr 3 Christmas experience Dec 17
This week Year 3 were lucky enough to be invited to Christ Church to take part in a Christmas Experience! The children travelled back in time (over 2,000 years!) and took part in activities retelling the Christmas story. They camped out under the stars as Wise Men, found out what it was like to be a Shepherd, took part in an advent challenge and mapped out the journey to Bethlehem! The children had a wonderful time and demonstrated fantastic behaviour throughout. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Christ Church for such a brilliant morning!

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

Year group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6


1.1 Who is a Christian and what do they believe?

1.6 How and why do we

celebrate special and sacred times?


1.5 What makes some places sacred?



1.7 What does it mean to belong to a faith community?


1.2 Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?

1.3 Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

1.4 What can we learn from Sacred books?


1.8 How should we care for others and the world?



L2.5 Why are festivals important to religious communities?


L2.1 What do different people believe about God?


L2.4 Why do people pray?

L2.7 What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today?


L2.3 Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?


L2.6 Why do some people think that life is like a journey and what significant experiences mark this?


L2.8 What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?

L2.9 What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?


U2.2 What would Jesus do? Can we live by the values of Jesus in the 21st century?


U2.4 If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?


U2.1 Why do some people believe God exists?

U2.6 What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?


U2.3 What do religions say to us when life gets hard?


U2.5 Is it better to express beliefs in arts and architecture or in charity and generosity?

U2.7 What matters most to Christians and Humanists?

U2.8 What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa, grace and/or Ummah?




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.