At St. Martin at Shouldham we believe that Religious Education (RE) is not one subject among many, but the foundation of each child's learning journey. The beliefs and values it communicates inspire and unite every aspect of school life. Religious Education presents pupils with the same academic and personal demands and challenges as any other curriculum areas.
Religious Education reflects the overarching values of the school curriculum, actively promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and intellectual development of the individual, and, as a result, enhancing their well being. The school has adopted the Norfolk Locally Agreed Syllabus 2012. A summary of our scheme of work is shown below.
As a Church of England School, we believe that RE should provide a contemporary study of religion, preparing children for later life as active citizens. Our pupils are growing up in a multicultural nation which has Christianity as its main religion. The Governing Body have decided that Christianity will receive a significant weighting within the RE curriculum. Due consideration will also be given to other faiths, ensuring respect, tolerance and understanding of all the major world faiths.Religious Education lessons frequently contribute to cross-curricular teaching and other school activities. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons if their own religious beliefs make this necessary. If you wish to withdraw you child, please contact the Headteacher.
We work closely with Reverend Barbara Burton, the Priest in Charge of our group of parishes and Rural Dean, the Diocese of Ely and SACRE in ensuring that our RE teaching reflects the wider Christian and world community. To assist with this, we have many visits to religious and sacred places throughout the year. We also encourage visitors from all beliefs to come into school and share their first hand experiences. Reverend Barbara is always available to come to RE lessons and answer questions from the children.
Rev'd Ken came to our Easter service. Every class prepared part of our worship.
The whole school produce work linked to the Stations of the Cross.
We reflected on questions at each station as we discovered the Easter story.