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Our Vision-Spiritual Life of school
Our vision for Emmaus Church of England and Catholic Primary School is:
'We are friends journeying with Jesus in faith, hope and trust as we live, love and learn together.'
Our above mission statement names four core values which we aim to promote/live out in all areas of school life-hope, trust, friendship, love. We will reflect on these four core values in Collective Worship in addition to other Christian values. We look at Bible stories which focus on the values. We aim to enable the whole school community to create an ethos which promotes Christian values. We believe that Christian values will help the children to come to know themselves, learn to reflect on experiences, explore the questions of how to live and treat others, and so reach a set of beliefs and values by which to guide our lives.
Religious Education is a core subject and is central to the life of our school. Here at Emmaus, our vision for Religious Education is to develop religiously literate and engaged young people who have the knowledge, understanding and skills to reflect on the deepest questions of life.
As we are a joint Church of England and Catholic school, we teach Religious Education through an ammended version of the 'Come and See' curriculum. At the heart of the programme is the mystery of God's self revelation of love through Jesus Christ. Come and See gives pupils the opportunity to explore the mystery of faith.
The Come and See curriculum offers the opportunity to search, to explore, to discover, and to respond; this is a part of what it is to be human. Central to the programme are three basic human questions and the three Christian beliefs that are the Church's response in faith.
Each topic (see topic grid) takes four weeks to complete.
In each topic, the children will follow the same process:
Search-Explore (Week 1)
This is the introduction to the topic where the children's life experience is explored, the question(s) it raises are wondered at, shared, investigated and their significance reflected upon.
Revelation-Reveal (Week 2)
This is the heart of the topic where knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith is revealed through the Word in Scripture, Tradition, prayers and Christian living.
This is where the learning is remembered, celebrated and responded to in daily life.
Learning about other cultures and religions is an important part of the children's education and each year they will learn about two other religions in addition to Christianity. We feel it is vital that the children visit places of worship and meet people of different religions in order to develop respect for others' beliefs and values.
Our vision is for Religious Education to offer the children a sense of self worth through their experience of belonging to a caring school community. We aim for the children to learn more about their own lives, looking at themselves, their relationships and the world.
Changes to Religious Education and Collective Worship during the year 2020/2021
In the light of what is happening in the world at the moment, there have been some changes.
Religious Education lessons will continue in school with the children receiving the support they may require to achieve objectives. If a child or group of children have to self-isolate, then Come and See lessons can be taught remotely. The Archdiocese have provided amended lessons to be used which teachers will provide for families. Families should contact school if they need further support in the teaching of Religious Education.
We are not gathering all together in the hall for Collective Worship at the moment. The children are taking part in daily Collective Worship in their classrooms. On Wednesdays, children lead the worship from one classroom and the other classes watch the worship via zoom.
Our clergy continue to come into school. Reverend Laura and Father Anthony lead special services with the help of one year group bubble in the hall. These services are on zoom for all other classes to take part in around the school. Each year group will have an opportunity to lead a special service in the hall with our clergy.
The KS1 classes will have the opportunity to help our clergy lead services after Christmas.
Our Mission Banners can be see in our school hall. The artist worked alongside our House Captains and Vice Captains to produce two beautiful banners that encompass our Christian mission at Emmaus. Within them you will also find our four key Christian values: Love, Friendship, Trust and Hope.