At St Paul’s we are proud of all the work we do in our Religious Education (RE) lessons. RE lessons are varied and interesting to help the children develop tolerance and understanding in a multi-faith country. We are proud to have received gold in the RE quality mark in February 2018, demonstrating the outstanding quality of our RE teaching and learning.
Each year group will study two main strands of RE.
Learning about – Children find out and discover the main beliefs of different faith communities and how people of different faiths demonstrate their belief.
Learning from – Children consider the key aspects of a faith and reflect on how they might gain a better understanding of the world from it.
RE lessons involve space for children to think and reflect on different aspects of life. They are encouraged to think about big questions.
During their time at St Paul’s children will cover aspects of the six main religions - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. Christian themes will be covered in every year group – plus units on other world views - following the SDBE syllabus.
There are also subjects that cover a theme and look at how different faith communities understand that theme. We also have special RE days including Christmas theme day and World View day. We welcome visitors into our school as often as possible.
Each year group tries to visit a place of worship or invite a parent in to talk about their faith. These visits include Year 6 visiting the Buddhist temple in Wimbledon, Year 3 visiting St Paul's Church, Year 2 taking part in the Christmas Journey (run by Insight) at the Cornerstone Church and Year 1 visiting the Synagogue.
In Reception the children learn RE in weekly sessions that are linked to the learning they are doing that week, as well as the SDBE syllabus.
The children will be taught through a variety of strategies including drama, art and practical experience. Big questions are also posed and discussed in RE lessons. 'Is violence ever an acceptable option in the face of prejudice and oppression?' was a question posed during one lesson. What do you think?
Year 5 visited the Cornerstone Hub for an Easter experience. Whilst we were there, we were able to enjoy a re-enactment of the last supper and speak to characters from the Easter story including Peter the disciple, a Roman soldier and Mary Magdalene.
We then were able to investigate scientific facts linked to Christianity and learn about famous people who are Christians using UV lights, artwork and solving clues!
Year 3 Making Easter Eggs
Year 5 have been looking at Holy Communion and how it builds a Christian Community. As part of this unit of work we looked at the idea of legacy, the Last Supper and shared bread and 'wine' (grape juice!) together to further understand the idea of community and how bread and wine represents Jesus' body and blood.
Christmas Theme Day
Over the last few years, we have had a Christmas theme day where each year group investigate different aspects of the Christmas story through the eyes of the main people in the nativity. Each year group focused on different individuals and found out much more about them. Year 6 looked at the Holy Family; Year 5 the angels; Year 3 and 4 King Herod; Year 2 the shepherds; Year 1 the magi and Reception the animals in the stable. Using art, music, drama and historical research, we discovered much more about this familiar story. The school enjoyed a sharing time altogether seeing what each year group had made. We also used the artwork to enhance our collective worship on the last day of term. Some of the artwork made during this day is currently on display at the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education where it is being seen by staff and governors of the schools in our diocese.
Christmas Journey - Year 2
The Christmas Journey was an interactive re-telling of the first ever Christmas that encouraged the children to think about why this celebration is so special to Christians. It was hosted by Cornerstone Church, in Kingston.
Year groups being creative in RE
Year 3 visit St Paul's Church to experience the building and how it is used.
Year 6 visit a Buddhist temple
'I thought the temple resembled an ornate toy house encrusted with gold. I felt rather intimidated by the golden statues fixating me with a glare.'
'When I first saw the temple I was amazed at it. I felt like I was walking into a palace.'
' When I entered the temple I looked around and saw lots of paintings on the walls of the Buddha's life.'
'The temple was an amazing place especially the gold and red painting. It was a very calming place to go.'
' I felt amazed by how beautiful the stunning temple was. All I could see was the beauty. I only felt positive.'