Religious Education & Collective Worship
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing. Psalm 127:3
Through the teaching of Religious Education, through the Cumbria Agreed Syllabus and Questful scheme of work our pupils are able to articulate how religious faith affects people’s lives. Children are also given the opportunity to take part in thoughtful and reflective experiences in Collective Worship.
To further enhance our teaching of RE, we support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it.
Pupils have varied opportunities to make links with the wider world and other faiths, whilst at the same time learning skills that will enable them to connect Christian practices, values and beliefs to events and teachings in the Bible. We also work closely with our Vicar - Revd. Ben Phillips and with organisations such as NISCU who are an an interdenominational Christian charity; that supports children and young people to explore or express a Christian faith in their local community.
In Church of England schools, collective worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops an understanding of Anglican traditions and practice. Collective worship is the unique heartbeat of a Church school and contributes to our values and ethos. It is offered as part of a wider opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversations about God, both as individuals and together.
We work with our local vicar, Revd. Ben Phillips, and other church members such as NISCU, to plan and deliver acts of worship that are invitational, reflective and engaging. There is plenty of flexibility in the provision of collective worship to enable all pupils to benefit without compromising their beliefs. Collective worship gives our pupils and school staff the opportunity to:
- Engage in an act of community.
- Express praise and thanksgiving to God.
- Be still and reflect.
- Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events.
- Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness.
- Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ.
- Affirm Christian values and attitudes.
- Share each other's joys and challenges.
- Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar.