At Ashford Park Primary School, Religious Education is taught through an enquiry approach. We chose Discovery RE as a scheme of work as it encourages careful thought, reflection and curiosity about our own and other’s values, beliefs and experiences. Religious Education at APPS further teaches and embeds British values and our school values of Belonging, Challenge, Compassion, Aspiration, Resilience and Peace. We aim to develop pupils’ cultural capital, equipping them with essential knowledge that they need to become well-rounded, informed citizens. Pupils in all year groups follow the four enquiry-based steps of teaching RE: engagement, investigation, evaluation and expression. As pupils progress through each year group and key stage, Discovery RE builds upon previously acquired knowledge to deepen children’s understanding of each of the religions studied whilst understanding why faith and spirituality are important to individuals, families and communities in the UK and around the world. Concepts are revisited for clarification but nothing is repeated. Learning is sequenced like building blocks where new skills and knowledge are collected in each new lesson. Prior learning enables children to deepen their enquiries on each step of their journey throughout their Religious Education at APPS.
Year 1 children visited St Hilda’s Church in Ashford. The children made ornaments at school and took them to decorate the tree - they look so beautiful! Well done to Year 1! The Father at St Hilda’s would like to thank you for visiting and making a perfect job of decorating the tree.
Salvation Army Visit
During RE lessons, Year 5 have been learning all about how many Christians support their community around Christmas time. On Monday, Mrs Hall and Mrs Miller, along with six Ashford Park superstar helpers, spent the morning at the Salvation Army sorting toy donations for children within our local community. It was lots of fun to be involved with. Chloe said, 'It means a lot to me to be able to have helped everyone have a lovely Christmas this year.' Shay said, 'It was nice to pack presents for others and know I am doing a kind thing for someone else.’