Religious Education in the Classroom
The teaching of Religious Education is accorded the status of a core subject at St. Peter’s and 10% of curriculum time is given to its teaching. It is taught in themes throughout the school, following the programme ‘Come and See’. Children are taught in class groups and are involved in activities including speaking, listening, drawing, writing, reading and drama, as well as making visits and receiving visitors. In addition Year 3 are prepared for their First Holy Communion.
Each class teacher prepares, plans and teaches Religious Education within the classroom, helping to develop the prayer and sacramental life of the pupils. Below are just a few examples of how Religious Education is delivered in the classroom:
FS2 learnt about Baptism, and took part in class role-play to act out what is happening if a baby is baptised.
Year 1 listened to and then discussed what Lent means. They were able to discuss why we give something up that we enjoy each year for Lent. Year 1 thought hard about the Lent promises they were making and wrote this on a leaf for our class Lenten tree.
The infants were invited to St Peter’s Church to find out more about the church, what different areas of the church mean and ask questions. The children listened carefully and were enthusiastic to ask questions.
Year 1 learnt about Baptism and had the opportunity to take on different roles to act out what happens during a Baptism in church.
Our Year 2 children enjoyed visiting St John’s Church in Blackheath for ‘A Christmas Journey’ during Advent. The children had the chance to re-enact the Christmas story.
Year 2 listened to the story of the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost. They retold the story using storyboards for our display. We now post our petitions to the Holy Spirit into a special box. We know the Holy Spirit can help to guide us if we are worried or want to ask for help.
The Year 2 class used the school outside space to think about what God treasures most in the world. Objects were organised into a special treasure chest to remind us of God’s precious treasures.
As part of Year 3’s topic ‘Homes’ we learnt the hymn ‘A New Commandment’ and created our own actions to it and performed them to our class.
Year 3 prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. It was a very special occasion for all children, parents and the whole school community.
The children in Year 4 set up a Religious Education focal area within the classroom.
Linked to our ‘Other Faiths’ topic Hinduism, Year 4 explored different artefacts. They also very much enjoyed reading the bible with partners.
Year 5 children spent time at lunch time reading stories from the Bible, and helped children in Year 1 to improve their understanding of Bible stories.
Through discussion and classwork, Year 5 explored how they would make a difference in the world.
The children in Year 6 worked really hard towards their end of year production which was about the story of Joseph and his multi-coloured coat. Through that story, the children have learnt about how God sovereignly works to overcome evil and bring about His plan.