RE at Courtney
At Courtney Primary School, our children learn about different faiths through the RE Today scheme of work. Our aim is for our children to develop their understanding and their own thinking of different faiths. In Key Stage 1, the children learn about two religions and in Key Stage 2, the children learn about three religions, Christianity being one of them.
In order to inspire the children, week 4 of every term is ‘RE Week’ and afternoon lessons focus solely on answering a ‘big question.’ These questions range from How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? in Year 1, to What do religions say to us when life gets hard? in Year 6. Having a week dedicated to RE allows the children to fully immerse themselves in that question and explore it through drama, art, debates, outdoor learning and discussion.
We are very proud of RE at Courtney Primary School and are working towards achieving a WIRE (Widening Inclusivity in Religious Education) Award. This is an award that recognises excellence in RE in schools throughout Bristol and South Glos. In order to achieve it, our RE lead attended a conference with lots of other schools where they learnt about teaching RE through narrative. We also had to visit a place of worship. The whole school attended a beautiful service at our local church in order to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and Year 5 visited Park Row Synagogue where they learnt about features of the synagogue and about Jewish celebrations. They also tried traditional Jewish food! The final part of achieving our award involves entering the Spirited Poetry competition. We are entering as a whole school during our poetry week in Term 4, combining with World Poetry Day. This will be a very exciting week involving a whole school immersion event and a house poetry slam!