Our Ethos for Religious Education
At Mapplewell Primary School we believe that Religious Education, together with the strong values and Christian ethos of our school, should help to prepare the children for later life. We welcome children of many different cultures and faiths. While offering a broad range of religious studies as befits our place in an increasingly multi-cultural society. We also acknowledge that we live in a predominantly Christian country, and therefore the study of Christianity is covered from Foundation Stage through to Year 6. The children also have the opportunity to study Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism through a carefully structured Programme of Study over the two Key Stages. In keeping with our school’s fundamental values, respect, tolerance and understanding of the beliefs of others plays a key role in our religious teaching.
The whole school community, including parents, enjoy attending assemblies and services for Christmas, Easter and the Leavers at the end of the school year. We meet together every day for collective worship or a time of quiet reflection during assemblies where the focus is frequently related to the Christian values associated with our school ethos. Children are encouraged to share their thoughts, their questions and their understanding by contributing to our assemblies and our ‘pupil voice’ activities. The teaching of Religious Education is also enhanced by occasional visits to places of worship, such as the local church, and we welcome visitors from all faiths into our school to share their experiences with our children.
Please click on the link below to view the programme of study for religious education for each key stage.
KS2 pupils celebrated Christingle by visiting St John's church. Pupils sang traditional Christian Christmas songs and lit the Christingles. Father John and Year 6 led the service, giving readings from the Bible and saying prayers.
EYFS pupils have had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Jesus by retelling the Christmas Story in their Autumn concert. The pupils did a dress rehearsal at school and then performed the nativity for parents at St John's church. Everyone was very proud of the pupils, who sang traditional Christian Christmas songs and narrated the story beautifully.
KS1 pupils are retelling the Christmas Story through their nativity production. They have included a range of modern Christmas songs as well as spoken parts to retell the story of Jesus' birth. The pupils are very proud of their achievements and are looking forward to performing for parents and families.