At Anson, Religious Education (RE) plays an important role in defining the school's distinctive Christian Character. Religious education makes a unique contribution to the ethos of our schools. We recognise that spirituality lies at the heart of the curriculum. All members of the Multi Academy Trust experience Christianity through the life of the Trust, as well as taught through the curriculum. The skills, values and attitudes developed in RE are at the heart of a cohesive community where the children are encouraged to have a positive sense of identity and belonging. We aim to ensure that the RE curriculum is challenging, dynamic and relevant to pupils of all ages and encourage the children to ask questions to develop their critical thinking and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form our society, whilst promoting respect and diversity.
RE teaching is in line with the curriculum and the recommendations of the Statement of Entitlement for Church Schools, published by the National Society and adopted by the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education (2012). The majority of our curriculum is based around developing the children’s awareness of the traditions and beliefs of Christianity, particularly in relation to the Anglican Church. Christian morals and values are central to the ethos of our schools and we aim to give children a firm foundation of social values based on Christian principles. The encounter must be an open one which stems from and instills respect for different views and interpretations.
RE has a high profile within curriculum across the academy and learning activities provide fully for the needs of all learners. RE is taught discretely each week; our aim is to ensure that learners are inspired by the subject and develop a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion on the world.
A central element to our RE curriculum is ensuring children learn both about and from religion, through providing hands on experiences such as visiting places of worship, interacting with leaders of other faiths or handling religious artefacts we aim to ensure our RE is exciting and engaging for all children and creates a sense of awe and wonder. Children are assessed against criteria from both elements; learning from and learning about and assessment opportunities are catered to a range of learning styles to ensure progress for all children.
In addition, the subject contributes to other areas of education and human experience and plays an important part of the wider programme of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Spiritual - widening pupils vision of themselves and their own experience, within the context of a growing awareness and understanding of God.
Moral - helping each pupil develop their own informed values.
Social - helping pupils understand what shapes the values in our society.
Cultural – aiding pupils in exploring aspects of their own cultural heritage, and in developing positive attitudes towards diversity.
In our Worship experiences, we aim to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural and social development of the children.
Special services to celebrate important times and festivals in the Christian Church’s year take place at the local Church. Everyone in the school family, community and other friends and relatives are very welcome to join with us at these special times: Harvest, Christingle, Christmas, Easter and also at the Leavers’ Service at the end of the summer term. The children are actively involved in producing and leading the services showing their involvement with worship in the community.
Across our schools we aim to promote opportunities for personal reflection and spiritual development, this is encouraged across the curriculum specifically in our acts of worship and provides a safe environment for children to develop their own values and beliefs. Within the acts of worship, the children are actively involved both with discussions, stories, questions and prayers. The academy also encourages active engagement through developing the children as worship leaders allowing them to plan and deliver worship to the whole school.
At the heart of our multi academy trust are a set of core Christian Values. These underpin our whole ethos, curriculum and school life and aim to ensure our pupils leave the academy as happy, secure, confident, caring and responsible citizens. The values we promote are important within the school community and are values which will be important throughout life. In all that we do we strive to share, encourage and demonstrate positive values with our children; in order that they understand them and strive to live by them.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from religious education and collective worship. Children withdrawn will be supervised by a member of staff.