RE at The Bishops’
RE is looked upon as a core subject at Bishops’ and the standard of work that the children produce is the same as we would expect in English. We follow the 2020 Cornwall agreed syllabus. It is taught every week for a minimum of an hour and in most cases, significantly longer than this. Christianity is the predominant faith that is taught with the school following the scheme, ‘Understanding Christianity’. This scheme is highly challenging and encourages the children to think very deeply and ask questions; it is very much an enquiry based teach programme. In addition to this, each year group learn about another world religion, outlined in the long term planning. The children also learn about Cornwall as a spiritual place through the ‘Curriculum Kernewek’ units that are taught each academic year. Opportunities for spiritual development are planned for in each unit using the concept of ‘windows’, ‘mirrors’ and ‘doors’. This ensures that the children are given new knowledge, chance to reflect on that knowledge and then consider how it has an impact of people’s lives. RE is assessed through teacher assessment at the end of each unit taught, where the children are considered to be ‘working towards’ the standards, achieved the standards or are ‘digging deeper’.
Christian distinctiveness at The Bishops’
As a Church of England School, we place God at the heart of what we do and this is made evident throughout the school building. Each classroom contains a reflection area which shows the current Christian value being taught, corresponding Bible verse as well as a cross, bible and examples of children’s current work which supports the value for the term. The main hall is also used as a ‘Church’ during our collective worship times and contains displays showing our core values and school Vision.
Prayer is strongly encouraged and there is opportunity for this through the school prayer box and our collective worship. We follow the liturgical seasons and colours and have close links with St Michael's Church in Newquay, where we have regular services. The children are regularly encouraged to think spiritually and are given opportunities to begin to consider their own personal beliefs and values. This is done across the curriculum with especially attention to this in RE and PSHE lessons.
Collective worship at The Bishops’
Worship is integral to who we are. The children participate in a wide range of differing collective worships. These include: whole school collective worship which takes the form of a mini church service, Bible stories (open the book), singing collective worship, Key stage collective worship which focuses specifically on the Christian value for the term and a celebration/sharing assembly at the end of each week. Key elements to all of our worship include, biblical text and teaching, prayer, times of quietness and reflection and sharing the peace. Some of our older children form a worship group. These children sometimes lead collective worship or assist the adult leader. Our special link with St Michael's means that we have regular ‘services’ led by local church leaders, especially for specific times in the church year such as lent, harvest and Pentecost. The children themselves have a say in how we run this important part of our school life through conferencing. The children are also taught the importance of taking communion for Christians. Children in Year 5 are given lessons and ultimately, the chance to take communion for the first time at a very special service in St Michael's. We ensure that this part of the children’s school life is both memorable and meaningful.