Comber Grove's values provide a framework within which all our teaching is based. We use these values to give a context to all learning, and to support pupils’ social and emotional learning and development.
Religious Education (RE) enjoys a special legal status as part of the basic curriculum but not the National Curriculum. It is our role to develop an understanding about religion rather than nurturing one particular religion.
At Comber Grove, we use the Discovery RE Programme - a comprehensive, enquiry approach which makes RE exciting and engaging for both teachers and children alike. Teachers may choose how to deliver the required lessons by having 6 one hour lessons, a topic day and/or linking it with other parts of the curriculum such as Identity.
RE should help pupils to:
Enhance their spiritual, moral, cultural and spiritual development
Be aware of the significance of religion in everyday life
Understand and respect ways of life different to their own
Prepare children to live in a diverse multi-faith, multi-cultural society
Explore ultimate questions
Religious Education lessons should include:
Teaching about specific traditional religious practices
Link to their own experience and every day life including the Values of our school
Opportunities to appreciate differences and similarities
When possible children will be given first hand experience, where possible exploring places of worship and talking to people of various faith communities, especially making use of the wider community
A variety of resources such as visitors to the school, artefacts and multi-media resources
Opportunities should be created to debate moral issues and explore sensitive and personal issues
6 world religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, are studied in units across KS1 and KS2.
In EYFS Religious Education is explored starting with the child, looking at festivals, self and others, symbols and rituals, right and wrong, living things which are linked to the early learning goals.
Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from RE and Acts of Worship. They may also seek permission to withdraw children from school in order to receive religious education elsewhere. Teachers also have the right of withdrawal.
At Comber Grove we come together three times a week to develop the social, moral, spiritual and cultural identities of the children and foster a feeling of unity among our school community.
The purpose of these assemblies are:
– To inform the students about upcoming activities and set expectations
– To develop in students a sense of identity in the school.
– To develop a sense of gratitude and understanding of the world
– To motivate the students with appreciation, rewards, and accolades on performing well academically, personally, musically or sportingly.
To find out more about how we develop Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural identities please click here.