Religious Education is an integral part of the life within Berkley C of E First School.
Essential characteristics of Religious Education
•An outstanding level of religious understanding and knowledge.
•A thorough engagement with a range of ultimate questions about the meaning and significance of existence.
•The ability to ask significant and highly reflective questions about religion and demonstrate an excellent understanding of issues related to the nature, truth and value of religion.
•A strong understanding of how the beliefs, values, practices and ways of life within any religion cohere together.
•Exceptional independence; the ability to think for themselves and take the initiative in, for example, asking questions, carrying out investigations, evaluating ideas and working constructively with others.
•Significant levels of originality, imagination or creativity, which are shown in their responses to their learning in RE.
•The ability to link the study of religion and belief to personal reflections on meaning and purpose.
Parents have a right to withdraw their child from R.E. but should consult the head teacher to discuss any implications.
Collective Worship policy
For our full Berkley School SIAMS Report for March 2016
Our Christian Distinctiveness
Berkley Church of England First School is a Voluntary Aided Primary School within the Diocese Bath and Wells. We work hard to develop and sustain our school’s Christian distinctiveness. Our Head teacher and governing body have a clear vision of a school with a distinctive Christian character. Our Governing Body is made up of a majority of Foundation (Church) Governors. We work in close partnership with Berkley’s St Mary’s Church.
Misson Statement: In our School and with the love of God, we care, enjoy, celebrate, aspire and learn together.”
As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, we offer an education that is deeply rooted in the Christian values. Our mission and vision guides us in all that we hope to be, enabling every part of our community to grow and develop. Our School is founded upon core values such as courage, truth, forgiveness, respect, trust and kindness, please ask to see a full list. We love to explore what makes these values distinctively Christian and how these values for every child will help them become the best we can be in todays every changing world.
The values are embedded within our school and our mission underpins everyday life. Church schools are places where loving God and loving our neighbours, is lived out in the daily life of the school. Therefore “Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level. We strive for excellent relationships, making our school a happy, supportive and nurturing place to work and learn.
The Church of England’s vision for education (2016) is deeply Christian, with Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. In line with the Church of England’s role as the established Church, their vision is for the common good of the whole community.
- Educating for wisdom, knowledge and skills: enabling discipline, confidence and delight in seeking wisdom and knowledge, and developing talents in all areas of life.
- Educating for hope and aspiration: enabling healing, repair and renewal, coping wisely when things go wrong, opening horizons and guiding people into ways of fulfilling them.
- Educating for community and living well together: a core focus on relationships, participation in communities and the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
- Educating for dignity and respect: the basic principle of respect for the value and preciousness of each person, treating each person as a unique individual of inherent worth.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our school, for our work and our play, and for friendships and fun.
Thank you for all our staff and governors, for celebrations and special days.
Thank you for our world,
help us to look after it.
Thank you for our minds:
help us to enjoy learning new things.
Most of all, we thank you for the gift of your Son
for new life and hope in Him.
May we know
your special blessing this day,
for we ask in Jesus’ Name.
2020 – 2021
The Christian Value the whole school are focussing on this term is Friendship. The children are all in new classes and we will be learning each other’s names and all about ourselves, our interests and talents! Throughout the recent month’s friends have helped us keep positive and given us something to look forward to when we returned to school this week. Please find attached the Friendship home school ideas sheet. It would lovely for the children to have a go at either of the ‘HOME SCHOOL CHALLENGES’ at the bottom and we look forward to seeing either their friendship bracelets or picture puzzles by the end of term.
2019 – 2020
This term’s Christian value is Wisdom. Please find some activities relating to this Christian plus our termly home school challenge!
This term please have a go at making a brick for the wisdom wall on an A4 piece of paper which you could then send into school or bring in when you return to school and make a brick wall from your ideas! Talk with your child about what the word proverb means and then write it on the ‘brick’. If you don’t want to post it you could email a photograph in an we can print it off in school.
This term our Christian value in focus is ‘Truthfulness’. Please find attached activities and discussion starters to do at home plus the ‘Home-School Challenge’ ……
‘Truth be told’ Make a colourful question mark and write a question for any famous person. Please take a photo and send it into the school facebook page so we can see who you choose!
This term our Christian value changes to Compassion. The children will learn what this means and looks like from stories and scenarios we will be discussing on school. The home-school challenge is to create some ‘helping hands’. We would love to see your acts of kindness so please send them back into school!
This term our focus will be on ‘Courage’. The children will learn that there are different types of courage and hear stories based on this theme. The children will also get the chance to reflect on their own courage and others e.g. Children in need. Please support us by discussing a child you know who has shown courage, filling in the form provided on the ‘Courage home school value sheet’ and send back into school to share with the class and create a whole school display, we look forward to seeing them.
Draw or paint a picture of your chosen person and make a frame to surround it. On the reverse give 5 reasons why this person is worthy of special respect. the picture can then be hung in the school challenge gallery.
2018 – 2019
WOW SESSIONS/SPECIAL SERVICES/EVENTS