At this school, RE expresses and strengthens our vision, ethos and values that are at the heart of what we aim to do in every aspect of school life that offers human flourishing for all. The importance placed on the development of the whole child spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in the RE curriculum. In Captain Shaw’s Church of England School, where pupils and staff come from different faiths and none, RE is a highly valued academic subject that enables understanding of how religion and beliefs affect our lives. There is ‘a commitment to generous hospitality, being true to our underpinning faith, but with a deep respect for the integrity of other religious traditions (and worldviews) and for the religious freedom of each person. (Statement of Entitlement 2019)
Whether pupils and staff come from different faiths or none, our Collective Worship is fully inclusive exploring and learning from life lessons of past and present; celebrating ourselves and each other and investigating thought-provoking ideas and themes, including British values.
Children are not passive listeners but fully involved; sharing their views and feelings and even running their own weekly gathering - all helped by a beautiful library with woodland theme, which encourages relaxation, equality and creativity of thought.
We are incredibly proud of what we do here!
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The children's beautiful contribution to the flower festival at St. Michaels and All Angels Church! Each flower centre made from old books, representing learning and creativity, all set on a large anchor, celebrating the origins of Captain Shaw's CE Primary school...
Our first collective worship theme for Autumn was responsibility. Discussions began with stories such as the parable of the talents and the paralysed man. We explored our talents and responsibilities to ourselves and each other. This theme was then threaded throughout the half term through child-led collective worship, praising assemblies, English, PSHE, lunch and playtimes, team work in lessons to name a few! The children even explore the responsibilities of staff in school in a special safeguarding assembly!
The children really showed what talents they have and acted on their responsibilities in our school, in order to better themselves and support each other.
Children delivering a collective worship on responsibility
As a final challenge, the school (including the staff) reflected on the idea of responsibility. Here are just a few...
The second half of Autumn term focused on community, fellowship and friendship. Our Collective Worship laid the foundation, which was then brought to life through our curriculum topic and the big finale... The wonderful outdoor Christmas market which brought our community back together after some tough times.
For Christmas, children also explored the First Christmas Story. They learned some amazing new writing skills and used these to retell the story. I have to say, they are brilliant!