Parochial School - an inclusive, inspirational school,
preparing for the future;
living, learning and growing together in God.
Religious Education at Parochial Primary lies at the very heart of our curriculum.
At Parochial CE Primary School, our rich and vibrant curriculum is based on true Gospel values, through which we strive for excellence, reflecting the school’s distinctive Christian character.
We believe that “ No other aspect of school life can ensure better than RE that school is experienced by staff and students alike not as a fact factory but as a laboratory for learning the values and virtues, attitudes and aptitudes which make for the wholeness of body, mind and spirit,” (Saxbee 2013)
As a Voluntary Controlled School, Parochial CE Primary is required to provide RE in accordance with the Locally Agreed Syllabus. In September 2015, Parochial CE Primary adopted the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education Syllabus for RE, which reflects the National Framework for RE, the National Society Statement of Entitlement and the requirements of SIAMS.
At least 5% of our curriculum time is devoted to RE. Christianity plays a central role, taking up between two thirds and three quarters of the time available, however high quality teaching about other faiths and world views is included.
We teach at least one full lesson of RE per week in each class, alongside two sessions of class collective worship, one whole school assembly, usually led by our Reverend, one Key Stage assembly, a whole school celebration assembly and a weekly Key Stage 2 hymn practice.
Every classroom has an altar – a reflective area where pupils have opportunities to pray and reflect on the questions raised during the assemblies, lessons, circle time or their personal life.
We based our assemblies, collective worship and our RE Week activities around the rules that God gave us. Children take ownership of the altar areas and help to make them vibrant and interactive.
At Parochial, we also celebrate festivals of non-Christian faiths.
We found out about the Diwali traditions of Hindu families and read the story of Rama and Sita.