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Religious Education

We believe at this school that RE underpins what we aim to do in every aspect of school life.  Our caring ethos and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum. The children are encouraged to explore their own beliefs and experience and also consider the social and moral aspects of life in the community.

We follow the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus. We study different world faiths but focus specifically on Christianity, followed by Judaism and Islam.

Our work centres around the Attainment Targets of:

 *Learning about religion and belief.

 *Learning from religion and belief.

Specifically, RE at our school aims to enable pupils of whatever ability and level of development to:

  1.   acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of principal world faiths practised in Great Britain.  These include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, each of which is represented in North Yorkshire;

  2.    develop an understanding of the influence of beliefs, values and traditions on individuals, communities, societies and cultures, including the local community;

  3.    develop the ability to make reasoned and informed judgements about religious and moral issues with reference to the teachings of the principal religions.

  4.    enhance their own spiritual, moral, social and cultural development by:

        a.   developing awareness of the fundamental questions of life arising from human experiences, and how religious beliefs and practices can relate to them;

        b.   responding to the fundamental questions of life in the light of their experience and with reference to religious beliefs and practices;

        c.   reflecting on their own beliefs, values and experiences in the light of their study;

        d.   expressing their own personal viewpoints in a thoughtful, reasoned and considerate way;

  5.   recognise the right of people to hold different beliefs within an ethnically and socially diverse society.

  

The children take part in acts of worship during assemblies.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE teaching and should contact the headteacher should they wish to do so.

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What does being a Methodist School mean?

“All need to be saved.

All may be saved.

All may know themselves saved.

All may be saved to the uttermost.”

(Traditional summary of the Methodist Teaching)

Background

The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley in the mid-1700s. He believed that Christianity was for all and he travelled Britain, America and Europe spreading this belief. Our school was founded by the Methodist Church in the mid-1800s and still today provides education for all. Our school's ethos is based on Christian principles and the Methodist principle of "for all" is reflected in the inclusive nature of our school.

Our Methodist identity today

Being a Methodist School, and working in partnership with our Church and its community, helps to shape our distinctive ethos where we can embrace and promote Christian Values in a respectful, sincere and enjoyable way.

We believe, as a Methodist School, that it is our responsibility to help children develop a moral foundation built upon Christian beliefs, from which to live their lives with respect for themselves and each other with a global perspective.

Our values aim to promote spiritual and moral development and are rooted in the Bible, many being drawn from the teaching of Jesus. They can therefore be described as Christian values, though may also be seen as touching on what it means to be a responsible citizen.

Our collective worship often has a focus on these values.

Every member of our school community is valued.

Together we value: friendship, love, tolerance, forgiveness, koinonia (cooperation), peace, creation, compassion, endurance, hope, justice, thankfulness and trust.

This is by no means an exclusive list.

Above all, our core aim is to teach and care for children in response to their individual learning and emotional needs.

Reverend Les Nevin