At Marden Vale we encourage pupils to share their own religious views and beliefs as well as showing respect and having tolerance of other religions.
The R.E. curriculum content is mainly based upon the “Discovery R.E.” scheme of work. Discovery R.E. adopts an enquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. Christianity is taught in every year group, with Christmas and Easter given new treatment each year, developing the learning in a progressive way. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Judaism are also covered.
R.E. is taught in strands- each focusing upon a given R.E. enquiry. Each strand lasts for approximately five weeks. Each enquiry has a learning objective which shows the learning over the enquiry and includes SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural) objectives and the British Values agenda.
We use a range of strategies and stimuli, such as the use of visits and visitors, drama, ICT, music and the use of religious artefacts, to enhance our teaching of R.E.
Open the Book the Bible Society (who run Open the Book) have compiled a library of videos produced by other Open the Book teams which are allowed to be used in schools. Some of them might be appropriate for use in Collective Worship, though the quality is variable so I would recommend watching before using them.
They can be found here:-
Jenny and Stephen from Open the Book have been making some short Bible story videos for use by the families that came to the family services at Holy Trinity Church.
These are quite short and have a Bible story, song and a craft. They are aimed at young children so might be suitable for key stage 1 children.
These are on a Vimeo channel which is here.
Also, Rev. Linda Carter, who works with Father Bob and is based in Derry Hill, has produced some Bible story videos, also with a craft. These would be more suitable for key stage 2 children and are on this Vimeo channel. (There are also some meditations for adults on Linda's channel.)
Wider learning and spiritual engagement throughout the day……
In addition to the Discovery RE curriculum there have been more ‘virtual’ and spiritual experiences for the pupils throughout lockdown;
Virtual Collective Worship
Open the Book online
Class and whole school worship
Recorded videos on particular faiths
End of the day reflections
& Big Questions such as….
"Is it possible to hold a fair race?"
"Who am I?"
"Why am I here?"
"Who is more important - you or me?"
"What is more important - the Earth or the Sun?"
"Why is our world a place of wonder?"
"Is Heaven as big as the Earth?"
"Could you walk around the whole world?"
"What does God look like?"