“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,”
The Religious Education Scheme used in St Matthew’s is “Understanding Christianity” alongside the diocesan religious education guidance from Lichfield Diocese. This contains units of work taught in each year group and contains the common strands of scripture, the sacraments, life in Christ and prayer. Children are taught in an age appropriate manner and are helped to understand in depth the teachings of Jesus and the Church.
Additionally, each year group is required to undertake multi faith learning. The KS1 children are taught about festivals and celebrations across a number of faiths. Within KS2 children learn about Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.
Parents may request that their child be withdrawn from specific religious education lessons. However, the evangelical role of the school in the community insists on a constant and sure missioning of each child to know God as Father, Jesus as his Son and the Spirit as the comforter and giver of life. This message is heard in every aspect and subject of the school. Therefore, it will not be possible to withdraw your child from the teachings of the Church of England as they are inherent in every aspect of the school.