Here at the Coombes we recognise that understanding each other and understanding ourselves is of great importance and therefore Religious Education takes a prominent place in our curriculum. Across the key stages we learn about the key values and practices of different religious faiths, with an emphasis on Christianity as part of the faith community that we belong to. Our teaching is based around Christian principles and we aim to develop spiritual awareness. Children have weekly lessons centred on a theme or value and build up an understanding of what different faith groups believe.
Our teaching develops understanding by allowing children to experience practical lessons where they can see first-hand what people do, in order to think about how and why people belong to a religious community. As a community school we promote our links with local parishes and the local diverse community. Visitors from different faiths enhance our teaching and learning and help children to understand and value difference. We are creative in our approach, using drama, art, workshops, outside visits and actually holding festivals to deepen understanding. As communities do, we enjoy coming together to share food and celebrations around Chinese New Year, Pancake Day and Christmas to name but few. This is vitally important to children's own development as they begin to consider what is important to their family and themselves. This reflects the key areas of learning from the locally agreed syllabus, learning about religion and learning from religion.
We learn from religion through discussion and questioning and support children to develop their self-awareness and understand values are important to them. We allow children time and space to develop these themselves in accordance with their age expectations. This is vital to enable children to develop confidence, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-discipline and responsibility as set out in the schools mission statement. Lessons make use of philosophy for kids and engage children in questions that are difficult to answer. Children have a great wealth of ideas which they share in their written work as well as using drama, ICT and art. It is crucial that children are involved in their learning, for example they retell religious stories through drama, dance, and poetry not to retell the story but to understand what it is trying to say.
Parents may request that their children be withdrawn from the act of collective worship.