Religious Education at St Matthew’s School
Rooted in our Christian values and TEAM spirit we will aspire to be an innovative and inspiring community where every individual is provided with the opportunity to flourish spiritually, morally, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Parents may request that their child be withdrawn from specific religious education lessons.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.
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.
Reflection Areas at St Matthew’s School
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
In each classroom, we have a quiet reflection area for the children to explore independently throughout the school day. Here they can write prayers, enter a worry into the worry box, read bible stories or just sit quietly and reflect for a moment.
Collective Worship at St. Matthew’s School
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
There is daily worship within our school, either in the form of class prayers, phase assemblies or whole school worship. The children pray together at the end of the day through saying the St Matthew’s Prayer. Many liturgical celebrations take place each year including; Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Parents may request that their child is withdrawn from daily acts of worship if they feel that this may be detrimental to their child. However, in selecting a Church of England school, parents should be aware that the moral and spiritual imperatives of the Christian faith are experienced in every area of school life and to withdraw a child from a small prayer session would not mean that the principle underpinning that worship would never be encountered, indeed, it would mean that a child was excluded from a quiet time of reflection and thought.
Inspire Group at St Matthew’s School
“Whoever wants to be a leader amoung you must be your servant.”
Meet our school Inspire Group!
They all take pride in helping to lead and set an example in daily prayer in our classrooms, in our prayer garden and also help us all to lead our liturgical celebrations.
You can tell them any of your ideas for making our worship even better at St Matthew’s!
Our Inspire Group members this year are: