Welcome to our R.E. Homepage
At Overleigh St. Mary's children study Christianity and four of the other principal religions practised in Britain - Islam,Sikkhism, Judaism and Hinduism. Through theme days, such as our 'Knowledge and Understanding of the World' days, children also have the opportunity to learn about Buddhism and more minor religions. Children are encouraged to develop a knowledge of these religions; to gain an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and practices within these religions on the individual and within societies; to reflect upon their own beliefs; and to respect the belief of others. Religious Education within our school is carried out within an ethos of care, respect and consideration.
Religious Education is taught according to the Cheshire West and Chester Agreed Syllabus 'Encounter and Response'. Activities in the classroom are based around the two attainment targets, AT1 - 'Encountering Religion' and AT2 - 'Responding to Religion'.
Children encounter religion through a variety of strategies, such as reading, discussion, stillness and reflection, looking at photographs and videos, handling artefacts, drama, hearing stories, interviewing guests from faith communities and personal research (e.g. the internet). Children respond by finding out more, personal reflection, evaluation, sharing ideas, role play and art. The children have first hand experiences from visitors and trips to places of Worship. For example, Year 3 recently visited St Mary's Church and learnt so much from Reverend Paul.
Inter Faith Week- November 2017:
From 20-24th November, we celebrated Inter Faith Week which was all about celebrating the diversity of faiths within the United Kingdom and our school. Our focus theme was breaking down ‘stereotypes’. In our whole school assembly, we welcomed three Christian guests and started to break down some stereotypes about their religion. Each believer shared what their faith meant to them, how they became a follower of Jesus, how they pray and how they worship. It was great to hear how no believer’s faith is the same and that each person’s relationship with God is unique.
A large number of KS2 children also took part in an Inter Faith lunchtime Quiz. It was fantastic to see the children enthusiastically discussing different religions. The winning team were able to match the ‘golden rule’ of different faiths to the correct religion and could draw religious symbols on their heads!
Please find attached our locally agreed syllabus and the whole school long term plan for RE.