At St Andrew’s we teach Religious Education following the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) Scheme of Work. All classes have a weekly RE lesson based on the themes and topics from this scheme.
Whilst collective worship at the school is based on Christian traditions, Religious Education teaches children about the similarities and differences between all the major world faiths. Children are able to develop an understanding of how religious beliefs are reflected in the attitudes, ethics, morals and lifestyle of people.
RE lessons are not just about factual knowledge. Using philosophy style RE lessons children learn the language of questioning and discussion. Children learn to respect the views of others even when they disagree. Also, they learn to formulate their own opinions rather than just accepting what they are told.
Often topics lend themselves to times of personal reflection and as children mature, they are encouraged to apply concepts learned in lessons to their own situations.
Each class keeps a RE book, a Big Questions book and a class prayer book, these act as a visual record to showcase learning in Religious Education. Events such as Remembrance, Christian Aid week as well as regular visits to our local church and places of worship such as St Paul’s Cathedral, ensure that pupils can enjoy first hand experiences of religious practice.
We have collective worship (assembly) every day. Father Steve and different teachers lead the assemblies, which include Bible readings, prayers and songs. Each week we follow a theme which is closely linked to the Christian calendar and key events, as well as our school vision and values.
Monday: Whole school collective worship
Tuesday: Whole school collective worship led by Father Steve.
Wednesday: Key stage collective worship through song
Thursday: Key stage collective worship
Friday: Whole school collective worship led by different classes throughout the year
Please click the link below, to view the curriculum map of our Scheme.