Religious Education lessons are part of our weekly timetable however we do set aside whole days when we focus on a theme linked to our RE teaching or to particular festivals. These give us the opportunity to explore religious ideas, enabling a more creative approach and giving more time to reflect.
Easter theme days have given children opportunities to explore the Easter story, the crucifixion and resurrection. At Christmas, themes such as incarnation, peace and The Holy Trinity are a focus and these are explored in an age appropriate way.
St. John’s Easter RE theme day was a great success and the children participated in a number of creative activities deepening their understanding of the Easter story and its significance to the Christian faith.
Reception made some beautiful Easter Gardens portraying the different parts of the Easter story; they ate hot cross buns and did lots of role play. In Year 1 they looked at different ways of celebrating Easter, they made cards and decorated Easter eggs – they have been learning about the importance of the Easter story this half term in RE. Year 2 looked at some ’big questions’ and explored aspects of the story that puzzled them; they decorated some Resurrection Eggs and looked at the meaning behind the different symbols of Easter.
In Key Stage 2, Years 3 and 4 explored the question of why it was called ‘Good Friday.’ They made and decorated crosses – using symbols and colour to represent different parts of the story. Years 5 and 6 looked at the origins of the Catholic tradition of ‘Hunger Cloths.’ They looked at the symbolism portrayed in the Misereor Cloth by Jacques Chery and then worked in groups to design their own panel for a class hunger cloth that depicted life as a Christian in 2019.
This term’s RE Theme Day enabled the children to further reflect on Christmas. Each class had time to explore the theme in more depth.
Key Stage 1 learned about Christingles and made their own In the morning. Later in the day, the three classes went across to the church where Rev Tony led a Christingle Service for the children. £110.37 was raised for charity during the service and this will be added to money collected by the church to send to
The Year 5/6 classes learned more about Epiphany and also found out about how different cultures celebrate at Christmas.
On Friday 6th July, the school had an R.E theme day. The day consisted of activities
linked to the Lord’s Prayer. Each class helped contribute to a whole school display of the Lord’s Prayer and then wrote, drew and acted to help develop their understanding. Activities linked to the Lord’s Prayer. Each class helped contribute to a whole school display of the Lord’s Prayer and then wrote, drew and acted to help develop their understanding.
On RE Day, Year One worked in groups to think about parts of the Lords Prayer. We talked about the words and meanings, noting some of the unfamiliar words. They decided how they could illustrate each part of the prayer. The children worked with their groups to illustrate parts of the prayer, which are hanging in Year One class room.