RE and Collective Worship
At Lambourn Primary we use Discovery RE. RE makes a strong contribution to the education of each child by encouraging them to develop skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as developing attitudes like empathy, sensitivity and understanding whilst being able to stand up for their own beliefs and challenge injustice around them and ultimately ‘participate positively in our society with its diverse religions and worldviews’.
The three strands within Discovery RE are designed to ensure that RE contributes to education by ‘provoking challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life, beliefs about God, ultimate reality, issues of right and wrong and what it means to be human’ so that they can ‘learn to articulate clearly and coherently their personal beliefs, ideas, values and experiences while respecting the right of others to differ’.
The curriculum framework for RE breaks down the aims of RE into three strands:
A. Know about and understand a range of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Describe, explain and analyse beliefs and practices, recognising the diversity which exists within and between communities and amongst individuals;
- Identify, investigate and respond to questions posed, and responses offered by some of the sources of wisdom found in religions and worldviews;
- Appreciate and appraise the nature, significance and impact of different ways of life and ways of expressing meaning.
B. Express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Explain reasonably their ideas about how beliefs, practices and forms of expression influence individuals and communities;
- Express with increasing discernment their personal reflections and critical responses to questions and teachings about identity, diversity, meaning and value, including ethical issues;
- Appreciate and appraise varied dimensions of religion or a worldview
C. Gain and deploy the skills needed to engage seriously with religions and worldviews, so that they can:
- Find out about and investigate key concepts and questions of belonging, meaning, purpose and truth, responding creatively;
- Enquire into what enables different individuals and communities to live together respectfully for the wellbeing of all;
- Articulate beliefs, values and commitments clearly in order to explain why they may be important in their own and other people’s lives.
At Lambourn Primary the children enjoy acts of collective worship and can relate their learning to everyday life. Collective worship is seen as a special time of the day and children have a positive attitude towards it. All acts of worship include a time for quiet reflection. During Collective Worship there are opportunities to listen, reflect and pray. Children are invited to recite the Lord’s Prayer and enjoy singing hymns linked to the Christian value being explored or current festival. The children are invited to engage with opportunities for spiritual development through questioning and times of reflection. Parents are welcome to attend collective worship; children are inspired to link their thinking and the day to day actions to the whole school community. Parents state they enjoy the opportunity to attend worship which affirms their beliefs. The Vicar, the Reverend Martin Cawte and a retired Archdeacon, the Venerable Christine Allsopp lead collective worship weekly in school. The Church is used for festivals during the school year.
Definition of Collective Worship
Collective Worship is a time when the whole school, or groups within the school meet together in order to consider and reflect on common concerns, issues and interests. It offers all pupils an opportunity to reflect or worship through engaging in relevant, meaningful experiences and provides opportunities for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Within the school and for children this meeting is referred to as assembly.
All maintained schools must provide religious education and daily collective worship for all registered pupils and promote their spiritual, moral and cultural development.
Religious education and collective worship make an important, although not exclusive, contribution to spiritual, moral and cultural development. These activities offer explicit opportunities for pupils to consider the response of religion to fundamental questions about the purpose of being, morality and ethical standards, and to develop their own response to such matters.