Our All Saints family shall ARISE and shine for the light of The Lord is upon us.
Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Manager: Miss Ammah
The school is distinctive in character as a Church of England Primary School. The work in both Religious Education and Spiritual Development emphasises the Christian way of life and promotes Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development. Pupils recite the school vision daily:
"Our all Saints family shall ARISE and shine for the light of the Lord is upon us."
Teaching and Learning
Although we study all Religions, so that we can learn to respect one another and live together peacefully, our main focus as a Christian school is Understanding Christianity. By addressing key questions, Understanding Christianity encourages pupils to explore core Bible texts, examine the impact for Christians, possible implications and connections that can be made to their lives and those around them. RE is taught in every class every week. In Key Stage 1, the children receive a 60 minute RE lesson and in Key Stage 2, the RE lesson is 75 minutes. We follow the Understanding Christianity syllabus as recommended by the local Diocese of Rochester. For further detail on our curriculum, please view the RE subject policy documents below.
Diversity in the All Saints Family
We acknowledge that in the All Saints family, there is a whole variety of cultures and religions that intersect with our Christian values and ethos. Pupils are exposed to an in-depth study of a different world view each year in their learning.
Think you know your stuff? Have a look at these sites and quiz yourself:
KS1 RE: https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks1/religious-education/
KS2 RE: https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/religious-education/
In addition to explicit RE lessons, we have Values days each term where pupils explicitly reflect on our school values, the Christian ethos and wider PSHE issues. They spend the day learning about these values and developing their social, moral, cultural and spiritual growth while digging deeper into personal, social and health topics.
A daily act of worship is undertaken where we gather together as classes, engage the children in the act of worship, reflect on what they have learned and then send them off with a view to incorporate this learning into their daily lives. A daily prayer or reflection is included in this time. Throughout the day, pupils are provided opportunities to pray in the morning, before lunch and when leaving school.
Through all of the above pupils develop an awareness of and respect for the beliefs and feelings of those within the school and wider community.
(Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, several activities pupil are used to participating in have been limited until further notice.
For more detail please review the RE and Spiritual Development COVID Guidance)
In years past, the whole school attends All Saints Church on at least four occasions during the year to celebrate the beginning of our new school year, Harvest, Christmas, Easter and to celebrate our leavers. Parents are invited to join us to celebrate and worship on these occasions. The children also attend festivals at Rochester Cathedral during the school year.