Sutton V.A. Lower School

Sutton Lower School

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RE and SIAMS in a Church School

Sutton VA Lower School is a Voluntary Aided School Church of England School. Our Mission Statement and School Values underpin everything that we do. We are an inclusive school, where everyone has a valuable contribution to make to our school community – we recognise that for many of our families faith is important, whilst other may have none.

                      

As a Church School within the diocese of St Albans, we benefit from access to the support of advisors and resources to include expertise in all areas of School Management, Standards, Religious Education and Collective Worship. It is our aim that each pupil will have visited St Albans Cathedral either for Christian Worship or educationally during their time at Sutton Lower School. Additionally, we have strong links with All Saints’ Church where our children visit regularly for worship as well as a learning resource. Reverend Gill is a member of the School’s Governing Body and provides theological insight and support to staff, families and pupils.

                        

We consider the academic teaching and learning of religions to be one of the the core subjects within our curriculum and adhere to the National Society’s Statement of Entitlement for RE which can be read below:

Click to read the National Society Statement for RE

Our RE curriculum is based on the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE and the units taught are as follows. Additionally, we have a rolling programme for Christian Concepts weeks.

Click to look at the way RE is taught

Christianity + Islam and festivals from Hindu/Sikh faith - Diwali

Autumn 1

Understanding Christianity: Creation

Why is the world so important to Christians?

Autumn 2

Understanding Christianity: Incarnation

Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?

Spring 1

Spring/New life

Spring 2

Understanding Christianity: Salvation

Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?

Summer 1

Special Times

Summer 2

Our favourite stories

 

Key Stage One RE Rolling Programme

Christianity + Judaism

Term

YEAR A

YEAR B

 

Autumn 1

Who is an inspiring person?

 

 

Who is Jewish and what do they believe?

Autumn 2

Understanding Christianity: God

What do Christians believe God is like?

 

 

Understanding Christianity: Creation Who made the world?

Autumn 2

Christmas activity week

Understanding Christianity: Incarnation

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Spring

Special Places of worship

Visit to Church and Synagogue

Understanding Christianity: Salvation

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

 

Summer 1

Trinity themed activity week

Trinity themed activity week

Summer 2

Understanding Christianity: Gospel

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

Special texts and Times in Judaism

 

Key Stage Two RE Rolling Programme

Christianity + Judaism + Sikhism and aspects of other beliefs to compare themes eg Islam, Humanism

Term

YEAR A

YEAR B

 

Autumn 1

How and why do believers show their commitments during the journey of life? (Judaism and Christianity)

What does it mean to be a Jew?

Autumn 2

Understanding Christianity: God

Trinity/Incarnation

 

 

Understanding Christianity: Creation/Fall

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

Christmas activity week

Spring

How should we live and who can inspire us? (Christianity, Sikhism, Humanism)

Understanding Christianity: Salvation

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

Summer 1

Understanding Christianity: People of God

What is it like to follow God?

Understanding Christianity: Kingdom of God

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

Summer 2

Understanding Christianity: Gospel

What kind of world did Jesus want?

Where, how and why do people worship? (Sikhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity) Multi faiths tour


 

As a Church School we have regular Church school inspection in addition to OFSTED inspection. This is completed under the SIAMS framework, which stands for ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’. The main aim of these inspections is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of our school as a Church School. You can read our most recent inspection report as well as our own self-evaluation:

Link to SIAMS Inspection report

Link to SIAMS Self-evaluation

Link to Response to SIAMS survey for parents

Sutton VA Lower School Vision Document

In May 2013 we were delighted to be awarded the RE Quality Mark at GOLD level! This Quality mark is given to schools that embed outstanding, creative and innovative RE practice within their school and recognises their support and sharing of good practice beyond.

Click to see the RE QM certificate

To find out more about the learning, experiences and opportunities that our school provides, please browse through our website and enjoy the ‘Class News’ sections.