RE Quality Mark - GOLD

St Marys CE Primary Lewisham

Religious Education

The Bible’s Big Story

In RE, Year 3 have been learning about the Bible. We learnt that the Bible is a Holy book for Christians, which is filled with lots of different books. We also learnt what the “Big Story” of the Bible is and created our own class actions to remember each important part in it.

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Reception class visit to St Mary’s Church

Reception class had a wonderful time visiting St Mary’s Church. The children spent time exploring the inside of the church and noticed many things like the statues of Mother Mary and the beautiful stained glass windows that depicted different stories from the Bible. Father Steffan read the Nativity story and we sang a hymn. Before heading back to school we had a tour around the Spiritual Garden.

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Year 3 and 4 visit to the Catford & Bromley Synagogue

Year 3 and 4 visited the Jewish Synagogue to deepen our understanding of the roots of Judaism and to find out more about how Jewish people worship. It was fascinating to hear about some of the similarities and differences between the Christian and Jewish Faith. We learnt that men and women sit in different places during worship and that it is only the men that have to pray three times a day. We were shown the Torah and found out about how it is beautifully handwritten in Hebrew. We then shared some reflections of how the Jewish people were persecuted during the Holocaust and shared some refreshments together.

It was great to put all of our previous learning about Judaism into perspective and link our current learning about persecution in Christianity to the more recent victims of religious persecution.

St Mary’s Church Christian Message

Year 3 and 4 went to St Mary’s Church to find out how the Christian message has survived for over 2000 years.

 

We learnt about the history of Jesus by looking at the stained glass windows. Father Steffan what the Pentecost was and told us that it happened after Jesus’ ascension. We thought about what qualities the apostles needed in order to go out and spread God’s word and reflected on the Fruit of the Spirit.

 

Father Steffan then gave us some of the history of the church and showed us how the message is still spread today, using bible readings and sermons (teaching) and pictures. We also learnt that when a bishop confirms someone, Christians believe that the Bishop passes the Holy Spirit on and then tells them to, ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.’

Religious Education Showcase Event

 

St Mary’s were delighted to be invited to host a Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) showcasing event. We welcomed 20 school leaders from across the Diocese to our school, alongside Colin Powell – SDBE Director of Education, Shaun Burns – SDBE RE Primary Adviser and Marcus Cooper – SDBE Primary Adviser. Our visitors enjoyed a presentation from the children’s Faith Group, reflective worship, RE lesson observations across the school, our Easter Journey – led by children and a school tour, led by our Head Girl and Head Boy. It was also a great opportunity for St Mary’s to share our good practice in achieving the Gold Religious Education Quality Mark and to learn about RE in other schools. The feedback from the visitors was very positive and we were very proud to share our wonderful school.

Baking unleavened bread

The children in reception listened to the story of the last supper and made the unleavened bread after. 

​They used milk, flour and a little honey to make the bread which they then enjoyed together thinking about the story of how Jesus shared the bread among his disciples.

Easter Journey in St Mary’s Church

Each class contributed some amazing artwork and reflective written work from their RE learning to this interactive journey in St Mary’s Church.  The theme was the Bible story of holy week and each class followed in Jesus’ footsteps from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to the Last Supper and the Garden of Gethsemane. Next, we reflected on his arrest, trial, journey to the cross and crucifixion. Finally, we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus as he was given new life and we reflected on how Christians believe that Jesus is still with them in their lives today.

 

Children’s reflections

“I liked seeing my garden.”  Vaibhav, Reception

“The garden of Gethsemane was beautiful. I want to make one.”  Sariyah, Year 1

“Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples. Judas betrayed Jesus. Then he was arrested.”  Jun Wen, Year 1

“He was crucified on Good Friday and was risen on Easter Sunday.”  Sameera, Year 1

“I loved the Easter Journey because it reminded me that Jesus is in my heart.”  Suliat, Year 2

“We felt peaceful, tranquil and spiritual.”  Year 3

“We felt peaceful and calm.”  “I felt the presence of Jesus.”  Year 4

“I have a better understanding of the events leading up to his death.”  Year 4

“After Jesus rose from the dead, he appeared to the disciples.”  Year 4

“The Easter Journey made me feel like I was right beside Jesus every step of the way.”  Daniel, Year 5

“We learned that Jesus asked God to forgive the people prepared to crucify him as they didn’t know what they were doing.”  Year 5

“It made me feel like I was actually there with Jesus. I enjoyed the Easter Journey because we got our own palm crosses and we got to sing”  Jahmya, Year 6

“I felt blessed. Jesus knew he was going to die and it was to help us.”  Jessica, Year 6

“It made me feel as if I went back in time and experienced the whole entire thing with Jesus, I enjoyed it because it made me feel closer with Jesus. I learnt that although Judas betrayed Jesus; Jesus forgave him anyway, which means we should always forgive one another.”  Ebonique, Year 6

Year 1 & Year 2 mosque visit

 Year 1 visited the Greenwich Islamic Centre to learn about Islam.
Jaina :Muslims pray five times a day and when they pray, they face towards Mecca.”
Khaeleam : ” Men pray in one room and women pray in different room.”
Sariyah : ” Women cover their heads to show respect.”

Nursery

St Mary’s Church visit

Nursery class visited St Mary’s Church. We enjoyed learning about what happens in the church and looking at the artifacts Father Stephan had to show us. We especially enjoyed looking around the Therapeutic garden.

 

 

Hindu temple visit

Year 3 and 4 went o a trip to the Hindu Temple in Lewisham. They learned about Hindu religious concepts, traditions and culture.

 

 

St Mary’s Church visit

Year 4 had a fantastic time visiting Father Steffan at St Mary’s Church last week. They explored the different ways in which the Christian message has survived for over 2000 years. They learnt about Pentecost, Fruit of the Spirit, the work of the Apostles and the work of the church today. Today the church uses pictures, bible readings and sermons to spread God’s word and how confirmation helps to keep this message spreading.

Sacred music

Children at St Mary’s enjoyed the sacred music played beautifully by our visitors during worship.

 

 

RE in our school

 

 

 

Gurdawara visit

 

 

St Mary’s Church visit

Year 4 had a fantastic time visiting Father Steffan at St Mary’s Church last week. They explored the different ways in which the Christian message has survived for over 2000 years. They learnt about Pentecost, Fruit of the Spirit, the work of the Apostles and the work of the church today. Today the church uses pictures, bible readings and sermons to spread God’s word and how confirmation helps to keep this message spreading.

 

 

Southwark Cathedral trip

Year 5 had a visit at the Southwark Cathedral where they learnt about the symbols and history of the Cathedral and they created symbols for peace made out of clay.