Religious Education (RE)
We are a Church of England school and we follow the Guildford Diocesan scheme of work for Religious Education. RE is viewed as a Core subject and has the same value as English and Maths in our school.
Our RE curriculum is predominantly Christian, however we teach other faiths as well. Through Religious Education, the children extend their knowledge of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and are introduced to aspects of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism, recognising the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. We also acknowledge that Religious Education encompasses some difficult concepts that are not easily explained and consider the non-religious perspective.
The teaching of RE may include elements of English, Art, Music, Dance and Drama and it is taught in a fun and engaging way. Children are encouraged to think and reflect and there are two parts to the RE curriculum – learning about religion and learning from religion.
Understanding traditions, beliefs and different ways of expressing spirituality is a way of giving our children choices and the chance to develop their own ideas, beliefs and values. Learning about religion and culture will help our children to be tolerant and respectful.
We welcome chances to give children first hand experiences to build community links and explore all faiths through making links with local Synagogues, Mosques and Temples or inviting visitors of different faiths to our school. We are supported by our local Parish and Evangelical Churches and children from the school are involved in Harvest, Christmas and Easter services at, or with input from, one of the local churches and Year 6 pupils attend the leavers’ service at Guildford Cathedral.
We have artefact boxes and the children can handle religious objects related to the faith they are studying. Our lessons are active, creative and engaging with opportunities for both quiet reflection and exciting debate.
RE is taught by the class teacher in order for discussions to be more open and for children to have the confidence to share their views, insights and beliefs. RE is monitored by the RE and Collective worship leader.
FROG (Friends Of God) Club
FROG Club was started by our much loved RE Lead Mrs Deborah Drury and it is in her memory that we are delighted to relaunch it from September 2023.
FROG club runs each Friday during lunchtime, led by Kurt Holmgren (Assistant Pastor) and the Children's Ministry Team from Send Evangelical Church and supported by school staff. Sessions include craft, colouring in, stories, music, singing or just time to be quiet by yourself.
Everyone is welcome to drop during the session to join in with the fun.