Religious Education (RE)
This is an aspect of particular concern to many, especially in the multi-cultural, multi-faith society in which we live. Christianity retains its central place in religious education at St Michael’s, however, the major world faiths are studied throughout the school. The children are also encouraged to consider many aspects of life in the light of Christ's teaching, and to translate theory into practice by taking part in projects to help the needy, financially and in kind, both at home and abroad.
Children need to cooperate and share, understand that their
behaviour affects others, learn to respect and rejoice in
the cultural and religious diversity surrounding them, to
respond with wonder to the work of nature and develop a
positive attitude to life.
Details of the RE Curriculum for the current school year
can be accessed here
(please click, opens as pdf).
At St Michael’s we believe that values education plays a fundamental role in the education of our children. We believe that, if the values education underpins everything we do, then it will not only enhance the quality of teaching and learning, but it will also encourage the children to make a positive contribution to the development of a fair, just and civil society. The school has also chosen to adopt 6 core values that we actively promote - respect, trust, love, hope, joy and peace.
These values are permeated through the school life by:
· Staff and governors modelling the values through their own behaviour;
· The school actively encourages parents to promote the value at home (through e.g. newsletters);
· The discreet teaching of the meaning of the value during RE lessons and Collective Worship and;
· The effective use of the Restorative Justice approach to ensure children have time to reflect about choices they have made and the consequences of their actions.
At St Michael’s we also promote the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect & tolerance by teaching these values explicitly and also modeling these values in our practice.
The school encourages children to help others who are less
fortunate than themselves and regularly raises money for
charities including Comic and/or Sport Relief and Crisis at
Christmas. We also buy water purifying filters from Aqua Aid
who donate money to build 'elephant wells' in Africa so that
communities can access secure and clean drinking water.
A collective act of worship takes place daily at some point
in the school day, this may be as part of a general assembly
for the whole school or Key Stage, and it may be a class
worship or small group worship. Worship is always of a
non-denominational Christian nature and prayer is a key
The calendar with details of themes for our Collective
Worship can be accessed here
(click opens as pdf).
OUR SCHOOL PRAYER
May God’s Love shine in our lives
As we care and share and learn together.
Various Christian symbols can be seen around our school to remind children, staff and visitors of our heritage, God's presence among us and of his saving power.
A cross or a crucifix is displayed in every classroom to remind us that God sent his Son into the world to take on our sins and die for us so that we might have eternal life with Him.
Candles remind us that Jesus is the light of the world, a light that no darkness can put out.
The icon of St Michael the Archangel reminds us of our patron and can serve as a focus of prayer. More information about icons and the icon of St Michael can be found here (click for pdf).