Religious Education is a core subject at our school and we use the new Understanding Christianity units alongside the new Kent Agreed Syllabus, which includes the other world religions.
As with any church school, the majority of our studies are Christianity focused, yet we hope that our studies have impact beyond the lesson and overflow into all aspects of school life.
Opportunities to develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues are often explored. Encouraging the children to think and discuss thought provoking topics, it helps develop speaking and listening skills whilst it also encourages the children to be respectful of other people’s opinions, beliefs and practices. We draw upon a wider range of stimulus for RE including role play, hot seating, film clips, art, visitors, IT, music, poetry, the school environment, talk partners, artefacts and our local church-St Mary’s so pupils have opportunities to learn both about religion and from religion. Where possible, we want our children to have opportunities to encounter local faith communities through visits to local places of worship or visits from members of local faith communities. We want to enable our children to develop the ability to make their own reasoned and informed judgements about the religious and moral issues which arise from reflection on human experience and a study of religious beliefs and practice. For them to consider ways in which beliefs, values and traditions might have significance for their own lives.
Religious Education at Kennington CE Academy is fun but also reflective, and is delivered in a variety of imaginative ways so that each child has the time and space to deepen their own understanding of God and appreciate something of how the Christian Community, both locally and nationally, responds to a busy and complex world.
YEAR 6 RE
Reverend Ravi came into school to work with the year 6 children. As part of their RE unit, titled Creation and Science: Conflicting or Complementary?, they planned questions to ask Reverend Ravi. The children really enjoyed his visit and found his answers very inspirational, so much so they would like to invite him in for more RE lessons!
Year 5 RE- Trip to the Canterbury Cathedral.
As part of their Christianity unit titled What does it mean if God is loving and holy?, Year 5 went to Canterbury Cathedral in term 1. They wanted to find out how Christians show that God is worth worshipping. They had a tour around the cathedral which allowed them time to learn about the features of the cathedral and how this showed Chrristians' respect for God such as the stain glassed windows and the importance of the alter. They picked areas of the cathedral to sketch and discussed why they had chosen them. During the afternoon, they completed activities in the workshops such as chiselling blocks, planning arches and designing their own stain glassed windows.
As part of their Christianity topic on What kind of world did Jesus want? the children wrote for and against comments on whether Jesus should touch a leper. They then debated it in groups, deciding that He was a brave man for doing so and He set an example to others.
They have also been looking at how church leaders try to be like Jesus and help others within their community and further afield. They studied the experience of Keith Hebden and John Sentamu. They believed these men were standing up for the rights of others, just as Jesus had done.
As part of their work around the unit Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?, the children learnt about the different parts of the Easter story and created their own scenes using models and other resources. They discussed how the different people might have been thinking or saying. They recorded these ideas on captions around their scene. They also considered what example the different parts of the story set for Christians such as demonstrating forgiveness.
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