Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Cambridge Agreed Syllabus. As an Aided School with a Christian foundation, in each year there is a focus on Christianity plus the opportunity for pupils to learn and evaluate their own views on other world religions. RE enables pupils to appreciate their own and others' beliefs and cultures, helping them to develop a clear understanding of the significance of religion in their own area as well as in the world today.
RE intends to promote religious understanding and respect, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping.
It is concerned with the promotion of each pupil's-self-worth, enabling them to reflect on their uniqueness as human beings, to share their feelings and emotions with others and to appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining positive relationships.
We strongly believe that the purpose of RE is about religious literacy. This means we aim for children to be able to hold a balanced and well-informed conversation about religion and belief. In order to fulfil this purpose we provide a balance of theology, philosophy and human/social sciences within our RE lessons.
As a Church of England School, collective worship is carried out on a daily basis. It is mostly Christian in content and encourages worship of God. Collective worship allows time for guidance, positive thought and development on spiritual, moral, social and emotional issues. It usually allows an opportunity for quiet reflection an exploration of self.
Daily worship may be led by staff, children or visitors to the school. These worship times have a theme and may include stories, songs or hymns, prayers plus a time of reflection. The stained glass window in the school hall was created by pupils at the school and is a spectacular focal point for worship. We follow the Christian calendar and celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year. Parents and the community are warmly invited to share weekly celebrations as well as these special services.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship if their own religious beliefs make this necessary. If you wish to withdraw your child please contact the Headteacher.
We actively encourage all children to take part in worship. All classes visit a local church at least once a term and we encourage visits at least once a school year to places of worship in the wider community. During the church year, each class is responsible for leading an assembly and we welcome parents to share with us.
In school, there is much to thank God for, much to praise, much to hope and aspire to. We celebrate wisdom, hope, community and dignity.
Our school premises are regularly used for church services for children and their families.
We are part of the Diocecse of Ely and you can link to the Diocese of Ely website by clicking here.
St Martin's School Prayer
This is our school.
Let peace live here.
Let the rooms be full of happiness.
Let love abide here.
Love of one another,
Love of all people,
Love of life itself,
and love of God.
Let us remember
That as many hands build a house,
Many hearts make a school.
We celebrate these values: