At St. James school our Christian values underpin our whole teaching and learning. Throughout the year we teach a programme of Christian Values through which our pupils can explore and understand the Christian ethos of our school. Values are explored through collective worships, class teaching and group discussions.
At St. James School we want to help children develop into religiously educated and tolerant young people. We want to develop enquiring and questioning minds, so as to promote their personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Throughout their time at St. James school pupils are given a balanced religious education. Children’s understanding of the Christian faith forms the backbone of children’s study and alongside this we develop children’s understanding of the other major world religions. We follow the Herefordshire Agreed Syllabus and supplement units using RE Todays ‘Understanding Christianity.’ Children are taught a new topic each half term and this learning takes place in discrete RE lessons or links with other subjects across the school.
‘Understanding Christianity’ allows children to develop their own understanding of Christianity through exploring key theological concepts. It aims to develop pupils’ abilities to explore, reflect and evaluate the contribution of Christianity within their own lives, the school and the wider community within which we live.
At St. James School we work closely with St. James Church and children visit regularly to support teaching and learning. We have also developed close links with the wider community and children visit workshops hosted by Hereford Cathedral. To support children’s understanding of other world faiths we also take children to visit a Mosque and Synagogue in Birmingham.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Which stories are special and why?
Why do Christians perform Nativity plays at Christmas?
Why is the word ‘God’ so important to Christians?
Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?
Which places are special and why?
Where do we belong?
Key Stage 1
What do Christians believe God is like?
How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times?
What does it mean to belong to a faith community?
What makes some places sacred?
What is the good news Jesus brings?
Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?
Why does Christmas matter to Christians?
Who made the world?
Why does Easter matter to Christians?
How can we learn from sacred books?
Special stories – what can we learn?
Key Stage 2
What is it like to follow God?
What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?
What would Jesus do?
What does it mean if God is holy and loving?
Why do people pray?
Why are festivals important to religious communities?
Why do some people think Go exists?
Was Jesus the Messiah?
Why do Christians call the day Jesus dies ‘Good Friday’?
What did Jesus do to save human beings?
What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?