Religious Education

Religious education at St Andrew’s combines the core study of Christianity with the study of a variety of other faiths. This reflects the multi-cultural make up of our nation and promotes respect, tolerance and understanding for the beliefs of others which is promoted as part of our programme. The school follows the York Diocese Religious Education Policy and children are given the opportunity for daily worship and reflection.  In addition to a wealth of class room activities, children also participate in  whole school family challenges with a religious focus.

Our School Prayers

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all,
now and evermore.
Amen.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.

Amen.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.
Amen.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.

Going for Gold!

To be Gold in RE children must:

  • Be able to show a deep understanding of Christian key concepts and relate these to teachings from the Bible.
  • Be able to accurately use specific key religious language to describe religious understanding.
  • Confidently compare religions and relate ideas to own lives.

Examples of super RE work from across the school:

The Followers Club is a school club which runs termly and is open to every year group. We meet to work on projects that have a religious theme and which are often community focussed. It allows us to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for different religions and our place within our vibrant world community. We aim to celebrate difference and embrace those things which makes our world a better place.

Here are some examples of the work and enterprise that we have taken part in:

  • Work on the values of prayer to reflect our school values.
  • Appreciation and celebration of diversity and our opportunities to make the world a better place.
  • Summer Enterprise stall – raised £30 towards RE funds through selling a variety of items including: bookmarks and jewellery.

enterprise

RE ENTERPRISE

After the success of the whole school Book of Numbers themed enterprise project, this year the RE team have some exciting enterprise ideas which we will be working with the Followers Club to fulfil. These include:

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Project Cecil – Rocks and T Shirt design competition

Links with International Schools

Pupil voice is always important and we are always keen to seek inspiration from the children on where they would like to take the learning journey.

RE Updates

Vist from Jacob’s Well Charity

In line with the charitable donations collected by the school at Harvest, Year 3 and Year 4 were visited by The Jacob’s Well charity to find out more about where some of the charity donations will be going. They took part in some inspirational team building with the charity. Jacob’s Well VIsit Set up in 1982 by Dr Beryl Beynon  OBE, a doctor from Beverley, the charity aims to help people that are disadvantaged around the world. Their moto is ‘ Changing lives…One life at a time’ and the charity is currently raising funds for many projects including building a hospital in Burkina... read more

RE Day – The Big Frieze

As the RE curriculum changes, we have had the opportunity to delve into the new ‘ Understanding Christianity’ elements of the new forthcoming curriculum. To guide us through the big story of the Bible, Emma Yarlett was commissioned to create a large frieze to cover 7 of the core Christian concepts highlighted by the new documentation. The aim of the frieze is to give Biblical background to these concepts and hidden within the frieze are references to different Bible stories. Each year group was challenged to create a picture to represent one of these concepts, giving reference to key Bible stories. Deepening the understanding of the stories within the Bible, helps to give context and background to these key concepts which include: Creation, Salvation, God, People of God, Incarnation. For more information please... read more

Visits from Reverend Chris.

It feels as though Reverend Chris Van Straaten has been part of the school for a long time but in fact he has only joined us in the last couple of years. It has been wonderful to have him visit each year group throughout the year delivering class and year group worships both at school and our school church, St Andrew’s. We are very grateful for the vigour he delivers to the life of the school... read more

Year 3 Visit to The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Year 3 Visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster Following on from the wonderful success of project Cecil and Project Genesis, the children in Year 3 visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park to get up and close with some of the wild creatures at the park. The park is part of a series of wildlife conservation projects which fuelled their interest and passion about the world we live... read more

Project Genesis

The Genesis Project is a school wide initiative that encourages children to see the beauty in the world around them and to remind them that it is theirs to share, respect and enjoy. The Project was split into two parts: Part 1 – Children were encouraged to share an idea that to help look after the world. In less than 30 words, children puts these ideas in many forms, letters, statements, poems. These ideas and creative suggestions have now been sent to embassies all over the world including: Russia, China, USA, and a selection of European and African countries worldwide. We look forward to hearing back from the officials at the Embassies. Here is a selection of the ideas: Part 2 – Design Project We asked each family to think about how they care for the world. Each family was challenged to create a design to logo similar to the ‘Keep Britain Tidy Logo’ that will reflect our aim to show how we can ‘Save our World’. Examples of some of the fantastic art work: The Christian belief that God has created a beautiful world for all to share and respect is important to the St Andrew’s School community. Our world is a place of diversity in all its many forms and we cherish it. We look forward in hearing back from the embassies who we contacted and will be taking part in more challenges to highlight our desire to improve and protect the wonderful world we live... read more

RE ‘Family Challenge’ Homework