Our school uses the Manchester Diocesan syllabus for RE, which develops knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith and allows us to explore and appreciate other faiths, traditions and beliefs.
In line with the requirements of the Education Reform Act, our children take part in a daily collective worship. These are based around our half-termly Christian Value and include reflection, hymns and prayers.
Please see links below or class pages regarding the National Curriculum end of year expectations for each KS1 and 2 class and the Early Years Foundation Stage Areas of Learning.
Should parents or other members of the public wish to find out more about our curriculum please contact school to speak to the teacher in charge (co-ordinator) of a particular subject.
Please find the Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural, Environment, Sports and Fitness curriculum documents by year group below.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from the teaching of Religious Education and class teachers will ensure that any children who are withdrawn will be properly supervised and purposefully occupied.
Please use this link to access our latest Collective Worship Policy.
Our Religious Education Vision
At St Thomas Leesfield School, the aim of Religious Education is to help all children to acquire and develop their knowledge and understanding of Christianity as well as the other principal religions represented in Great Britain; to appreciate the way that religious beliefs shape life and our behaviour, develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues and enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Implementation of Our Vision
Religious Education is inclusive for all children taught throughout the school following the Manchester Diocese Syllabus and reflects the overall aims, values, and philosophy of the school. At St Thomas Leesfield, Christianity plays an important role in the children’s learning as we are a Church of England school. Religious Education links in with all other curriculum areas, particularly PSHE and British Values, in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our children.
We encourage our pupils to ask questions about the world and to reflect on their own beliefs, values and experiences. Our Ethos is developed around the 18 Christian values and underpins everything we do in our school.
Our Religious Education Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is cohesively sequenced and planned to demonstrate progression. Through our whole school ethos and the teaching of RE we aim to:
- Demonstrate high quality learning for RE against the planned outcomes (Sticky Learning).
- Provide a celebration of learning for each topic which demonstrates progression across the school.
- Embed a Class Reflection Book, to develop the children’s thoughts and feelings around the R.E. topics and Christian values/themes.
- Evidence Pupil Voice/Pupil discussions about their learning through Pupils Chats and Ethos Committee. (Headteachers as well as Subject Leaders).
- Plan and organise a range of visiting vicars and clergy to develop the children’s understanding of Christianity.
- Plan and organise visits to other religious places such as local Mosques (Westwood).
- Enable our Year 3 and 5 children to take part in the Linking Project to work with a different Oldham primary school (Westwood) to develop links and friendships with children from another culture and religion.
- Ensure that each class is taught RE through termly topics in which the children have the opportunity to fully immerse in their learning and embed the teaching through ‘Sticky Learning’ objectives (see Subject Leaders Long Term Plans).
We value the religious background of all members of the school community and hope that this will encourage individuals to share their own experiences with others freely. All religions and their communities are treated with respect and sensitivity and we value the links, which are, and can be made between home, school, and a faith community. We promote teaching in Religious Education that stresses open enquiry and first-hand experiences wherever possible for both staff and children.
Our children develop a knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other major world religions and value systems found in Britain. Children learn to develop and live as Christian people through Bible teachings and examples of Christ. Through their R.E. learning and our ethos, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community. Our children develop an understanding of other people’s cultures and ways of life, which they are then able to communicate to the wider community. R.E. offers our children the means by which to understand how other people choose to live and to understand why they choose to live. As such, R.E. is invaluable in our ever changing world and for the ability to succeed in life. Christian values underpin everything we do and ‘help us to be the best we can in the sight of God’
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Curriculum
As part of the Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education and the programme of study for Science, children will consider health issues including the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and human reproduction.
Questions, which arise from discussions, will be handled sensitively. The school nurse talks to girls and boys separately in year 6 about bodily changes and adolescent hygiene. Parents considering withdrawing their child from sex education should see the Headteacher.