At Thurton Church of England Primary School, we aim to ensure that all children learn about a variety of religions and beliefs. We want to ensure that the children leave us with the skills to become great citizens of the world. As a school community, we feel that by teaching the children about Christian Values and a variety of beliefs, this can enable children to be respectful and understanding. To further enhance our RE Curriculum, we often have Whole School RE Days, where we may learn about a specific religion or celebration. As part of this, we ask visitors in so that children can have first-hand experiences about a range of beliefs. For example, we recently had Mr Harkirat Singh in school to teach the children all about Sikhism.
As part of our learning, the children also have opportunities to visit places of worship, including going to our local church for four services per year – Harvest, Christmas, Easter and a service of Thanks at the end of the school year. The children in Year 3/4 also visit the Cathedral in Norwich and Year 5/6 visit Norwich Synagoge, Norwich Mosque and the Roman Catholic Cathedral during a ‘Reflective Walk’ day.
SIAMS Inspection – Outstanding
A few of the special things that we have done and do at our school:
- Deliver Christmas cards to all houses in our village every year to wish them the best of the Christmas season and to invite local residents to our Christmas celebrations.
- We ask big questions – especially with the beginning of WHY?
- Close links with Father Chris who helps to support RE teaching and Collective along with our RE subject leader.
- Reflective spaces around the school both inside and outside
- Daily Collective Worship, including children leading collective worship every Thursday and the Open the Book team every other Tuesday.
- Stations of the Cross at Easter Church Service with the local community
- Remembrance Service with members of the local armed forces
- Vicar undertook a “wedding” at the church for Year R/1 children and they had a reception after
- Class Covenants rather than rules so there is a focus on what values we want to show rather than behaviours
- Two children went to London to meet the then Archbishop of Canterbury
- Miss Debenham leading a local SACRE group of mainly RE subject leaders to share her knowledge to further develop others
- Miss Debenham attending national RE conferences
- Miss Debenham speaking at the RE conference at UEA about our Whole School RE Days