The school has adopted the Liverpool Diocesan Board of Education Syllabus for RE. Christianity plays a central role, although appropriate teaching about other faiths and world views is included. We also use the school Christian Values to support RE teaching.
Our school works very closely with St John's Church and both are benefitting from the good relationship. Collective worship takes place during daily assemblies. Teachers and children regularly take part and sometimes even lead the worship.
The children are encouraged to help the wider community and to support charities, for example by donating Harvest Festival gifts. Children are not just asked to join in listening to prayer, but to understand the power and role of prayer, and when possible, to write and create their own prayers. An exciting recent development was the introduction of a “reflection corner” in each classroom – a place where the children can spend a few minutes thinking and talking to God.
Through the Christian Values we hope to aid the children’s understanding of the world in which we live, their part in making our world a more peaceful and tolerant place, and for those who desire it, the opportunity to explore and develop their spirituality. All this within a school environment founded on strong Christian principles and values.
R.E Activities at Lordsgate
In the Autumn Term we have had a focus on our new R.E. Scheme of ‘God’s Big Story’. The children have become familiar with the concepts and have set about decorating our school hall with some amazing art work. Here you can see Reception’s board about Creation and Y3’s depiction of Adam and Eve representing ‘The Fall’. Our worship theme has focussed on the Creation story and we decided to make this the topic of our Harvest celebration at St John’s church on Friday 12th October. Each class shared their thoughts and feelings about God’s amazing Creation and we had some excellent art work and poetry to share.
We are also very pleased this year that the St John’s team are following up on our worship themes with a ‘Pop up prayer’ activity on Wednesday play times. For our first ‘Pop up Prayer’ activity the children wrote prayers in our outside area thanking God for our world and all our food. One child wrote ‘Thank you for the food we eat, thank you for the birds that sing’ and another wrote ‘Thank you for the wind and the rain and the sun and the moon, thank you for the sky and the sea’.