RE & Collective Worship
At Christ Church we want our children to know that they are loved, cared for and valued. As a Christian school, our faith and Christian values are central to everything that we do. We don't just teach our children about these values, we model them continually and encourage our children to embed these values within their everyday lives, both at school and at home. We make sure that our teaching of the importance of Christian Values is firmly rooted in the teachings of The Bible.
RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the 'The Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds 2019-2024 – Believing and Belonging.’
At Christ Church, the daily act of Collective Worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life. It is a time where we come together to share our love of God and celebrate our achievements together. The school has a Collective Worship Committee, made up of members of each class, chosen by the teacher, for their interest in RE/ faith. They meet every 2 weeks with the Collective Worship Co-ordinators (Mrs Bullard and Mrs Godfrey). Their role is to plan, monitor and evaluate Collective Worship. Some of the decisions they have made are seating arrangements, behaviour management strategies and song choices.
Subject Leader for RE
What have we been doing in RE?
In year 2, our first RE topic of the year was ‘How is new life welcomed’. We opened this topic by thinking about how we welcome someone new into our school. A new girl joined our class at this time, so this fitted in really well. We were all great at welcoming her.
After this, we thought about ourselves. We enjoyed sharing baby photos and keep sake items with the class and finding out about the meaning of our names.
We looked at how babies are welcomed into the world focusing on traditions from the Christian and Muslim religions. Again, we enjoyed sharing our own experiences of these.
To end our topic, we celebrated our learning by making our own ’Odd One Out’ games about ‘How new life is welcomed'.
Year 3 have been learning all about Christians. We have be finding out about how Christians use the bible to help them live their lives. We have read many different parables and discussed how we could learn from them and use the morals they teach in our everyday life. More recently we have been researching different faiths in preparation for our interfaith assembly. We have loved thinking abut the similarities and differences between different faiths and created some super work for display!
Year 5 were looking at journeys and special places. We were studying where different religions go on pilgrimage and why. We wrote a diary entry as if we had travelled to Bethlehem to visit the Church of Nativity. We also created posters and art work to represent journeys to other special places.
Year 6 learnt all about Sikh commitment in RE last half term. We found out all about Khalsa Sikhs; about how they were formed and how they show that they are different to other Sikhs. We found it very interesting that Khalsa Sikhs carry a Kirpan (a small knife), which represents their commitment and shows that they are willing to die for their religion. Sikhs also show commitment to helping the needy and have Langars (a free kitchen) twice a day, every day. Year 6 decided to host their own Langar for our families and friends. Parents and carers enjoyed Year 6’s homemade vegetarian chilli, whilst they listened to everything that the class had learnt over the last half term. Please head over the our Year 6 class page to see our write up and pictures of our Langar event.