Subject Lead: Miss L Pugh
At Hever School we use the ‘Understanding Christianity’ Syllabus, which focuses on Christianity 'The Big Story of the Bible’. In addition, the school uses the Rochester Diocesan Board of Education's ‘World Faith’ units to study Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. The long term overview for the RE curriculum is set out below.
Our creative approach to teaching RE includes drama, music, film clips, art, cookery and kinaesthetic reflective activities which inspire and engage our pupils. We also use the school’s Christian Values to support our RE teaching. The pupils say that they enjoy RE and they participate enthusiastically in singing hymns. The nativity play is a highlight of the year!
Our school works very closely with St Peter’s Church and both benefit from the strong relationship. Collective worship takes place during daily assemblies. Teachers and pupils take part, and pupils regularly support and lead worship. As well as visiting St Peter’s Church, all pupils will have had the opportunity to experience a city church, a mosque, a Gurdwara and a synagogue by the time they leave the school. Visitors, including our reverend, are also invited to answer searching questions from the pupils. The pupils are encouraged to help the wider community and to support charities, for example by donating Harvest Festival gifts and holding fundraising events.
Pupils are not just asked to join in listening to prayer, but to understand the power and role of prayer, and when possible, to write and create their own prayers. Prayer is encouraged by a “reflection corner” in each classroom – a place where the pupils can spend a few minutes thinking and talking to God.
Our school environment is founded on strong Christian principles and values. Through our Christian values we hope to aid the pupils’ understanding of the world in which we live, their part in making our world a more peaceful and tolerant place, and for those who wish to, we provide the opportunity to explore and develop their spirituality.