Religious Education

Our RE Newsletter:

February 2019

The Curriculum:

Religious Education at Gilmorton Chandler CofE Primary School is undertaken by all children at all age levels and is led by school staff.

What curriculum looks like at Gilmorton… (this document is in development)

Collective worship: 

All children participate in invitational collective worship each day.

Our worship is Anglican in line with our Trust deed.

We use the worship themes suggested by the Diocesan Board of Education and supplement these with key dates in the Christian calendar.

End of term and some Special Days in the Christian Calendar are celebrated at All Saints Church, Gilmorton.

A Holy Communion service is held once per month at All Saints for our children from Y6, those staff who choose to attend and for the wider church community.

RE Days / Events:

Our RE Coordinator has organised a number of immersive events for the school and local community ir order to give participants a fuller appreciation of major events in the Christian calendar, as well as those in other religions.

To date we have taken part in a Christmas Journey, which has involved children, staff parents and community members travelling around the local area on foot. They visit sites of significance in the Christmas story such as the house where Mary and Joseph lived prior to journeying to Bethlehem, the field of sheep where the Angel Gabriel spoke to the shepherds and finally to the our church where the travellers see Mary and the baby Jesus. We have been very fortunate over the years to have had a mother and her new born baby play the role of Mary for us.

We have had an Easter Journey which recreated significant parts of this major Christian event. Like the Christmas journey, we travel on foot around the village stopping at various places to witness and hear from the figures in the story. The journey starts with a reenactment of the Last Supper, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane to see Judas betray Jesus and Jesus taken by the Roman soldiers, we hear from mother Mary, distraught at the sight of the empty cross where Jesus had died. The journey ends up at the empty tomb with a soldier sharing what he knows about Jesus’ resurrection.

Each year we look at Diwali, as well as celebrations from a range of religions. To help the children to understand Diwali we have brought to life the story of Rama and Sita and created a journey to explore its many elements. This year (2018) we were lucky to have a visitor who explored Diwali from a Sikh perspective rather than just from the Hindu, which we have covered previously.

Gilmorton Chandler CofE Primary School hosts a NATRE Affiliated Local Group which is run by our Religious Education Coordinator, Mrs Spadaccini. Mrs Spadaccini has been recognised for her commitment to the teaching of this subject by being made a RE Lead Teacher for Leicestershire Diocese Board of Education.

‘There are over 200 local network groups across the country, connecting over 2000 teachers and RE professionals. These groups are formed to support all teachers of RE, providing networking opportunities and engagement…’

To find out more about NATRE Affiliated Local Groups please visit their website by following this link: NATRE Affiliated Local Groups

(Disclaimer: we cannot be held responsible for content of external websites.)

RE Links in the Local Community:

The school caters for children from the parishes of Gilmorton, Kimcote Cum Walton, Ashby Magna, Bruntingthorpe, Peatling Parva, Upper Bruntingthorpe and Willoughby Waterleys. The school takes part in activities in these villages when the opportunities arise.

We have been fortunate to have created links with Arnesby Baptist Church. A member of the church team regularly comes into school to deliver collective worship for us.

Parents, carers and other family members, together with other members of our community, are invited to a range of collective worship and religious events.

RE Links with the Wider Community:

The school has a link with Bordesley Green Primary School in Birmingham. The year 4 classes at both schools take an excursion to visit each other’s school and local areas. It is an eye opener for both groups as the areas they inhabit and the communities they are part of, are so different.

We have recently connected with Ecole la Chataigneraie in Chambourcy, France. Our year 3 class sent them Christmas cards written by hand in French and we have received letters back from them written in English. We look forward to building up this relationship over the coming years.