Religious Education at St Matthew's
St. Matthew’s CE Primary School & Nursery is proud to be a flourishing church school at the heart of the community. Our vision is to ‘Be blessed by God, be happy and aspire to be….’ This is what we wish for every child, family, member of staff and the whole school community. Our Vision is rooted in the Bible, specifically Jesus' Sermon on the Mount which is sometimes known as 'The Beatitudes.'
We begin each day with an act of worship to remind us of the Christian Values we want to portray in our daily lives. If you visit our values page you will see the values which we explore through our class and whole school worship.
RE lessons, taught by the class teacher weekly, are based on the Blackburn Diocesan syllabus. The teaching of RE is closely monitored by the Subject Leader to ensure that the teaching is effective, engaging and inclusive for all our children. These lessons teach the children about all aspects of Christianity and make clear links to other world religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. We believe it is important to make these links as many religious teachings give a similar message. As a culturally diverse school, it is wonderful to compare beliefs and learn about and begin to understand one another’s values and customs.
As we journey through the year, there are many significant events in the Christian calendar such as Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Lent which we celebrate and remember. We always mark these events in school and we hope to share these events with our families in any way possible, as the children really enjoy it when others are involved. Please continue to visit this page to see what we have been up to in RE, it is at the heart of our spectacular curriculum and should be celebrated!
RE in Action
This is what our children think.
Please take a look at the pictures of what each group have been doing in RE this half term.
Reception - Friendship
Year 1 - Spring is the start of new life
Year 2 - Easter Symbols
Year 3 - Key Events at Easter
Year 4 - Trust and Betrayal
Year 5 - A Celebration of Victory
Year 6 - Eucharist
Here are some more images of RE in Action around our school
Year 1 went to visit St Matthew’s church to look at how Christians celebrate Baptism. Reverend McHaffie showed us the font and how a baby is baptised into the Christian family.
Year 4 have been linking their RE and PSHE lessons together and have been creating cards of 'hope' for the homeless in our community. These cards were passed on to the street pastors in Preston and have been handed out to those people who have nowhere to go, hopefully to spread even a little hope. One of out governors Mrs. Smith is part of the group helping those on the streets and said she had seen some of these cards circulating around which was really nice to hear! Well done year 4!
Year 5 have been linking their RE and PSHE lessons to create an amazing piece of artwork that also includes part of our school vision 'Be Blessed'. They created this fantastic piece using recycled bottle tops! Isn't it great! They are immersed in our vision but also helping save our planet too! Well done Year 5!
At St. Matthew's we have been preparing for Christmas in lots of different ways. We have been putting up our decorations in our rooms and reminding ourselves what the true meaning of Christmas is.
We have been watching Bishop Philip's worships and making our worship areas link to the nativity. Some classes have even decorated their doors with links to the Bible. The staff have also been getting involved by taking part in a back to front advent calendar in which they donate items to a local foodbank to help families through the Christmas period.