Religious Education (RE) & Worship
Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact.
At All Saints school, in Religious Education and within the wider curriculum, we aim to develop meaningful relationships between all members of our school community firmly rooted our Christian ethos, through embodying the school values of love, respect, loyalty, friendship, determination, honesty and responsibility within our delivery of our religious curriculum. We seek to ‘live’ our values in everyday life understanding through our biblical root that ‘We are God’s handiwork’, Ephesian’s 2:10 and understand that we are always a work in progress. We aim to enable opportunities for children and staff to develop their spiritual selves through Religious Education and Worship.
Our Mission Statement also embodies our biblical root ‘We are God’s handiwork’, stating ‘What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God’. This permeates through all subjects as well as RE and Worship, with the desire to develop and grow as we move through our lives with knowledge, skills and positive actions towards others. Adults in school aim to model this so that the children in our school have role-models to aspire to in their behaviour and actions.
Religious Education has a high profile in our school and we use the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education Primary curriculum to ’Serve Christ, Share the Gospel, Support, Equip and Educate’ in conjunction with the Understanding Christianity curriculum from The Church of England Education Office. We foster strong community links between All Saints School and All Saints Church with weekly Worship in school conducted by the rector, Reverend David Dickinson. It is our intent that all children be equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to make a positive difference in the community in which we live as well as the wider world, as well as having opportunities to develop their relationship with God should they choose to do so. We aim for the children to experience to allegorical and historical aspects of the Bible in a journey of understanding of the lives of others and in doing so, of understanding themselves more fully.
Included in our bespoke Christian curriculum are opportunities to learn about the values, as well as similarities and differences, between the Christian perspective and other faiths such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. At All Saints we respect diversity and encourage the children to explore the lives of others, particularly through our termly Respect and Tolerance Days.
Religious Education is assessed at the start and end of every topic to inform teacher’s future planning and enable staff to make a judgement regarding individual children’s progress.
Religious Education and Worship are monitored and developed continually to ensure that our children receive the most bespoke and effective education possible.
The 2018 SIAMS statutory inspection that took place in May 2018 stated that ‘Collective Worship is inspiring for the whole school community’ and ‘brings the school community together’. They also stated that ‘The effectiveness of the Religious Education is outstanding’ and that the ‘happiness and well-being of pupils is paramount’. We achieved the grade of outstanding in all areas in RE and Worship.
We aim for all children to have the knowledge and skillset to take into their present and future relationships and spiritual life, thus reaching their full potential and leading fulfilling and meaningful lives both now and in the future.