Religious Education Statement of Intent
We are extremely proud to be a Church of England Primary school, with a strong distinctiveness within this area. Our mission and vision is firmly embedded and rooted in school life and permeates everything that we do.
We live, love and learn through faith in Jesus.
‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ (Philippians 4:13)
We as a school all work extremely hard to ensure that we fulfil our mission statement in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. Our children are very fortunate to be educated in lovely surroundings where we can appreciate God’s wonderful creations. The children at St Laurence's are given opportunities to flourish and we encourage prayer and develop their own reflection.
Through our Christian Faith, we acknowledge our responsibility to all, to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school family. We believe in life-long learning aiming to equip our children to live life today and for tomorrow rooted in Christian love.
It is our intent for the Religious Education element of our school curriculum to engage, inspire, challenge and encourage pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a more rigorous understanding of the numerous religious traditions, beliefs and practices that are followed in our multi-cultural society. We want them to know how religious education promotes discernment and enables pupils to combat prejudice, preparing them for adult life, employment and life-long learning.
Our aims are to build a curriculum that ensures children recognise and celebrate cultural diversity. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about and from religions and worldviews in local, national and global contexts, to challenge, explore and reflect on big questions related to faith. Religious Education at St. Laurence’s, underpinned by British Values and SMRC, respects and promotes each child’s innate capacity for awe, wonder, reverence and spirituality.
As a Church School, and in addition to OFSTED we are inspected under the ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). Please see our most recent report under the Key Information section of the website.
Each class has a reflection area where they call reflect on their spirituality and Christian Values. Prayer walls and prayer trees help us explore what prayer is and why people pray, bible stories are explored, links to Christian Values are made and we spend time trying to understand what is happening in the world around us.
To help us celebrate Advent, Class One have been hosts to some Posada dolls in their homes to make time for Jesus at Christmas and talk about the Christmas Story with their families. The donkey and sheep have been on some brilliant adventures so far! We have been re-enacting Joseph and Mary's search for somewhere to stay. Posada is the Spanish word for 'inn'.
Inter-Faith Week 2019
Inter-Faith Week has provided lots of opportunities to enable us to raise our awareness of different faiths and beliefs. A host of visitors have visited including Mrs Reynolds from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Emma from Living Waters Church, Father Neil from St. Laurence's Church and Pagpa, a Buddhist Monk. Y6 experienced a tour of Chorley Mosque and Y4 and 5 learned more about Judaism on their trip to Whitefield Synagogue. We have thoroughly enjoyed creating pieces of art work where Christianity is the focal point and interacting with prayer spaces and learning stations that have challenged the stereotypes of different faiths.