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.
‘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.
The clear aims of our RE teaching at St. James are in line with those agreed as part of the Herefordshire Syllabus.
1. make sense of a range of religious and non-religious beliefs, so that
• identify, describe, explain and analyze beliefs and concepts in the context of living religions, using appropriate vocabulary
• explain how and why these beliefs are understood in different ways, by individuals and within communities
• recognise how and why sources of authority (e.g. texts, teachings, traditions, leaders) are used, expressed and interpreted in different ways, developing skills of interpretation
2. understand the impact and significance of religious and non-religious
beliefs, so that they can:
• examine and explain how and why people express their beliefs in diverse ways
• recognise and account for ways in which people put their beliefs into action in diverse ways,
in their everyday lives, within their communities and in the wider world
• appreciate and appraise the significance of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning
3. make connections between religious and non-religious beliefs, concepts, practices and ideas studied, so that they can:
• evaluate, reflect on and enquire into key concepts and questions studied, responding thoughtfully and creatively, giving good reasons for their responses
• challenge the ideas studied, and allow the ideas studied to challenge their own thinking, articulating beliefs, values and commitments clearly in response
• discern possible connections between the ideas studied and their own ways of understanding the world, expressing their critical responses and personal reflections with increasing clarity and understanding