At Mere School RE is taught discretely, but it also forms the basis for much of our cross curricular work and school ethos. Where possible RE is linked to our topics, circle time and PSHE so that children are able to gain a practical understanding of world religions and how people of faith demonstrate their core values in every day living.
We believe that RE should be taught with respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs, thus ensuring that fundamental British values are shared.
The 2014 National Curriculum does not include a framework for RE but we do follow the Wiltshire 2011 Scheme of RE to ensure that we provide a rich, thought provoking and relevant learning experience. To support teachers in the planning of the Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus we now use the Discovery RE scheme of work.
Our daily assemblies are held in key stages on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, but the whole school family comes together on Wednesday and Friday. We warmly welcome visitors from St Michael's Church who have been regular contributors.
Further links are made with St Michael's Church through Governor representatives, class visits, regular 'Open the Book' Bible story afternoons and our annual Christmas Carol and Easter Services.
RE 2018 - 2019
The children have had a busy term of learning in RE. They have been looking at how it feels to belong to a community, symbols and signs of worship in local churches and what the stories Jesus told taught Christians. In other faiths the children have found out about the festival of Diwali, Hindu gods, Guru Nanak and Mahatma Gandhi.
Children from Blue, Yellow and Silver class also visited the Nativity exhibition at Gillingham Methodist Church. During the visit they experienced hands on the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Finally the younger children have continued to have stories told to them about Jesus during their Open the Book sessions.
On the first day of Advent Reverend Carol and volunteers from St Michael's Church came in to help us learn about the Christmas story and the meaning of Advent. The children were told the nativity story through the use of a an RE story sack and then created advent wreaths in their own classes. Several children from each class also created large collages that will be displayed in the church over the Christmas period. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Reverend Carol, Christine Marsh and all the volunteers for giving up their time. The children had a fantastic day.
This Easter the volunteers of St Michael's Church came in once again to work with the children. They helped the children make small stain glass windows and then worked with a small group across the age range to create an Easter garden to display in the church.