St Matthew's Primary school offers all children, regardless of age, ability, religion, race, colour, creed and disability, a wide and balanced curriculum rich in diversity and content through a policy of total integration. Collective worship and services reflect a strong link with St Matthew's Church and an active involvement and participation of clergy. There is an appropriate consideration of Christianity and many of our collective worships are enhanced by consideration of the values embodied in biblical stories and religious studies. We have a cross curricular approach to learning, and RE is integrated, as a part of everyday life.
The learning and teaching aims, specific to Religious Education at St. Matthew’s are:
• To offer a full and positive presentation of living Christianity with an opportunities for encountering Christian life in Anglican and other contexts.
• To explore the Bible as the foundation document of Christianity.
• To appreciate the religious dimensions of life and provide opportunities for spiritual growth.
• To facilitate the formation and development of children’s beliefs and judgments.
• To assist and to encourage young people to experience Christian life and worship including the use of the Church’s year and links with the local Christian community.
• To promote an awareness and insight into non-Christian faiths and their communities both in Britain and world wide.
Teaching and Learning
Staff and children are encouraged to be fundamentally aware of:
• A sensitive and critical interest in the Spiritual dimension of life. This will include the desire to investigate religious traditions, beliefs and practices, encouraging the exploration of that which is not obvious.
• A willingness to explore enthusiastically their own and other people's beliefs and practices.
• A respect, consideration and understanding for other people and a respect for the world in which we live.
• A respect for the freedom of everybody in society to practice or not to practice a religious belief.
• Confidence in their own background and cultural heritage.
• An understanding of the effects the commitment to belief may have on their own lives, including possible conflicts.
• A response to the challenges of life. Being able to differentiate between right and wrong, have high ideals and standards in search of 'quality of life'.