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Religious Education

 Homerswood Primary School follow a new RE Scheme of work called Discovery RE.

This scheme maps itself to the Herts agreed syllabus for RE and supports British values.

The scheme focuses on an enquiry based approach to learning and covers spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. It aims to develop critical thinking skills, subject knowledge and understanding and the children's own spiritual development.

Children will be encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and values whilst acknowledging that others may have beliefs different from their own.

 The children learn about Christianity, in each year group, as well as focusing on at least one other religion. 

Where possible we visit different places of worship and invite visitors of different faiths into school.

The whole school participate in services at a local church for Christmas, Easter and Harvest.

 

 

 

RE Subject Guidance

Autumn 2021

Welcome back to our new school year, I'm sure you're all excited for the new learning ahead. In classes, we are starting the year with learning about Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism and asking questions such as, is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time? Each class has an enquiry question on which they will focus their learning on, so be sure to ask the children what they are and interact with the learning at home. We are lucky enough to have our first Church visit this half term to celebrate Harvest. Make sure you keep an eye out for updates, photos and more information throughout the year. 

 

Have a look at your year groups challenges across the year to find out more and explore each religion.

30.09.21 - Whole school Harvest Festival at the Church! Big thank you to all the families who came to support and for your generosity for your donations. The teachers and children were amazing.

Have a look at our Harvest Festival Service ready for Thursday 30th September at 9:30am at the Church!

Great to see each class getting started with their first Discovery RE enquiry questions this half term!

20.09.2021

Today we enjoyed a whole school assembly discussing and celebrating the Jewish Festival of Yom Kippur. This is the Jewish day of Atonement (making up for something you have done wrong by asking for forgiveness from God.)

It is regarded the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. In order to seek forgiveness, people will: reflect on their wrongdoing; pray; use the Torah for guidance; and give to charity. On this special day, Jewish people will fast, not bath or wash, not wear leather shoes and not wear any perfumes - making the body feel uncomfortable but bearable to feel pain as well as others.
In the assembly, we discussed things we may be apologetic for or when we say ‘sorry’ and how we may show we truly mean it. 

2021 - Easter at Homerswood. Father Rob held assemblies with the different year group bubbles. He was really impressed with the children's knowledge of the Easter story.

Nativity Assemblies at Homerswood

Year 3 welcomed Maryam, a Muslim faith visitor, to their class.

On Wednesday 12th December Year 2 went to St John's Church to make Christingles and hang Christmas wishes on the tree.

On Tuesday 20th March, Year 6 visited St John's Church to learn all about The Stations Of The Cross.

On Wednesday 15th March Homerswood School welcomed Father Rob from St. John's Church.

On the 7th March Homerswood School welcomed the Saltmine Theatre group who performed a play called the Secret Angel. Following the performance years 5 and 6 participated in a workshop focusing on Christian beliefs and stories from the bible.

Year 5 Trip to the Synagogue

 

On Tuesday 19th July, Year 5 visited the Synagogue in Welwyn Garden City.  They all enjoyed learning about Judaism.

The Servant Queen

 

On Thursday 23rd June Selina Evans and two parishioners (Mary and Katie) from St John's Church visited Homerswood School.

Selina talked to the children during assembly and told them stories about Queen Elizabeth II.  Each child was given a booklet called "The Servant Queen" which celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday.

Year 2 visited St John's Church on Friday 13th February. They had fun observing the interesting artefacts and ringing the bells.

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