Religious Education Curriculum.
The subject lead for Religious Education at Darwen St James is Mrs Simms.
The Christian vision for the academy is ‘to treasure and love every individual, for pupils to have a thirst for learning,
love for life and embrace the future with Christian hope and confidence’. Its mission statement is ‘working together,
to love, to learn, to live’. These two impressive statements of intent are at the very heart of the academy’s work.
Pastoral support through Christian love and care is exemplary.
SIAMS Inspection Report 2017
RE around school after lockdown
The children thoroughly enjoyed being back in school and continued to follow the Questful RE Units in class, however the Easter Units have been supplemented with additional resources from the Blackburn with Darwen Diocese.
We also had an RE week throughout school, focusing on Holy week and the Easter story.
The children in Nursery have been thinking about Easter and New Life. They have made their own sheep, chicks and explored a wonderful Easter Garden. It looks like they had lots of fun!
The children in Reception completed an Easter Unit, learning about Palm Sunday and how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The children acted this out after making their own flags to wave. They also re-created the Last Supper before learning about Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane and dying on the cross on Good Friday and rising again on Easter Sunday.
The children also completed a ‘Special Places’ unit. They thought about their own special place and who they like to spend time with there. They learned about how the Church is a special place of Worship for Christians and they had the opportunity to visit St James Church. The children thought about how Christians Worship God through song and prayer and had chance to look at the building and different artefacts too.
During this unit, the Reception children also learned that the Mosque is a special place for Muslims and that they take off their shoes before entering Mosque. They enjoyed watching this video, learning all about how Muslims wash their hands and feet and pray using a prayer mat.
They finished the unit by talking about the similarities and differences between the Church and Mosque.
The children in Year 1 also completed an Easter Unit. They worked hard learning about how Easter is about New Life linked this to the life cycle of a butterfly, chick and frog. They wrote their own prayers and created their favourite meal for the Last Supper. Year 1 finished the unit creating their own Easter Salvador Cross.
The children in Year 2 learned about signs and symbols of Easter this term, including the cross, bread and wine. They learned the Easter story and worked hard re-telling the events in order. They showed a great understanding of the Easter story whilst working in small groups designing and making an Easter Garden. Year 2 also enjoyed learning about and decorating their own El Savlador crosses and acting out the Last Supper too.
Year 3 explored the sadness and joy of Easter. They learned that the events of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter are a combined mixture of the emotions of sadness and joy. They also learned how the church celebrates the events of Holy Week as well as key religious vocabulary to make links between people’s values and behaviour.
Year 3 also completed an Understanding Christianity unit. They have been on a nature walk around our school grounds and looked at the importance of the 10 commandments. The children spent some time thinking about which was the most important commandment. Some children chose all of them, whilst others thought individual commandments were more important than others. The children enjoyed a role play activity acting out a scene then discussing which of the commandments had been broken.
Year 4 have been exploring Easter as the story of betrayal and trust. They learned about the events of Holy Week and Easter and created some fantastic pieces of art work for their class display. They learned that the eventsof Holy week and Easter are key to understanding what Jesus came to earth to do and that trust and forgiveness are key Christian values.
The children in Year 5 completed the unit, Pentecost, what happened next?
They learned that the Book of Acts records what happened after Pentecost and why St Paul is a key person in Christianity. They are able to talk about how St Paul’s teaching affects believers lives and also the significance of his conversion. They finished the unit by thinking about what has inspired them.
During our Easter week in school, the children in Year 6 created these beautiful Palm Sunday Stones.
Year 6 have been learning that Christians believe God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Trinity. They are to explain the Trinity using religious vocabulary and can identify Christian beliefs about God in prayer and worship song. They also learned that there are similarities and differences between the names given to God by Christians and by members of non-Christian faiths.