Religious Education

Religious education enables children to investigate and reflect on some of the most fundamental questions asked by people.

At Christ Church School, we develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the major world faiths, and we address fundamental questions concerning, for example, the meaning of life and the existence of a divine spirit. We enable children to develop a sound knowledge not only of Christianity but also of other world religions, especially those that are the main faiths of children within our school. Children reflect on what it means to have a faith and to develop their own spiritual knowledge and understanding. We help the children to learn from religions as well as about religions.

Organisation of collective worship

We hold a daily act of collective worship. This forms part of each afternoon assembly, which can be either a whole-school assembly (although sometimes we also hold separate infant and junior assemblies), or a class assembly.

We conduct assemblies in a dignified and respectful way. We tell children that assembly time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time, and expect children to behave in an appropriate way. We ask them to be quiet and thoughtful, to listen carefully to the teachings, and to participate fully in prayer/quiet times and hymns. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music, and a candle or other objects, to focus the attention of the children.

The assemblies are normally conducted by the headteacher or other members of staff, with regular services led by the Vicar. Representatives of local religious groups are sometimes invited to lead assemblies.

We take the themes of our assemblies from the traditions of the Christian faith, and we observe the festivals and mark the events of the Christian calendar.  The themes of our assemblies are sometimes related to topics that we teach as part of the school curriculum and a resource folder is available with themes for the term.  We plan our assemblies well in advance of the day they take place. The school Values are a standing theme for assemblies at various points during the year.

Our assemblies reflect the achievements and learning of the children. We encourage the children to participate in the assemblies by showing their work to the other children, and by raising issues that they have discussed in their classes. Assemblies provide an opportunity to reward children for their achievements both in and out of school. They also play an important part in promoting the ethos of the school, which is that all children are valued, and all achievements are recognised. Christ Church School is a successful school, and we shall continue to celebrate the successes of all our children at our assemblies.

At 4 points during the year (Harvest, Christmas, Easter & Summer) we hold services at the Parish church. We encourage parents attendance, as this promotes community spirit, and shows the school and the homes working together in support of the children’s achievements