Through our daily school life at Mary’s Church of England Primary School we encourage our children to build respectful friendships and demonstrate compassion towards others. Through this we build a strong community spirit, as together we are a family. Our teaching and learning provides the children with the wisdom and endurance they need to expand their minds socially, morally and academically so allowing them to achieve and flourish and fulfil the Church of England’s belief of living ‘Life in all its fullness (John 10:10). We encourage our children to demonstrate and develop a dignity in their work and themselves which enables them to hope to aspire to be the best they can possibly be.
Religious Education in St Mary’s has a unique position in the curriculum. It is a means for helping children explore the spiritual dimensions of life and to lay the foundations for understanding the Christian Faith and other World faiths. It is an integral part of school life and is developed throughout the curriculum, our collective worship and reflects on our Vision and Christian values. It embraces the Church of England’s vision of educating for ‘life in all its Fullness’ (John 10:10) through developing the children’s skills and knowledge about Christianity and all world faiths through the development of the spiritual and moral wellbeing.
We maintain strong links with Hornsey Parish Church and the local community. We welcome the contribution that our clergy team, who lead daily collective worship weekly, make towards enriching religious education in our school. The challenges that children will meet growing up in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society will be addressed through planned units of work underpinned by the LDBS scheme of work. These offer the children a high quality RE curriculum and will enable children to develop and explore their knowledge, understanding and respect for the traditions and culture of the Christian and other major world faiths.
The teaching of Religious Education provides the children with a rich and varied RE curriculum which takes into account the age and understanding of the child and whenever possible is closely related to their first hand experiences.
To that end, we particularly welcome and encourage both visits to different religious buildings and visitors from different faiths into our community. Also, as we respect all children in our community we offer the parents to right to withdraw their children from any lessons, whether RE, SMSC or SRE based.
The London Diocesan Board of education in its publication ‘Guidelines for Religious Education’ identified ten themes of Religious Education which schools should include in their schemes of work:
All these areas of experience form the basis of the religious education we provide in our school.