We use the Rochester Diocesan Syllabus which focuses on Christianity in Key Stage One so that the children understand the core beliefs before exploring other faiths. Key Stage Two study Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism. A creative approach which includes, drama, music, film clips, art, cookery and kinaesthetic reflective activities which inspires and engages the children.
As well as visiting St Mary’s church frequently, (not just for weekly acts of worship but for investigations too), all children will have had the opportunity to experience a city church, a mosque, a Gurdwara and a synagogue by the time they leave the school. Visitors, including our rector, are also invited to answer searching questions from the children.
The fifteen church school values underpin our Christian worship and school life. There is a daily act of worship, grace is said before meals and children reflect on values they have seen in action at the end of the school day. We have close ties with St Mary’s Church, the worship is Anglican and led by members of staff, our rector Martin Beaumont and pastoral assistant Carol Benton and ‘The Children’s Workshop’ as well as the children themselves. A lively, creative approach includes drama, dance and art work alongside readings, prayers and music. We use a variety of well-known hymns and modern worship songs ably supported by a large number of instrumentalists.
There are four main church services each year namely Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers’ service in addition to a weekly Act of Worship, ( AOW), in St Mary’s every Friday . These together with yearly Class AOW’s warmly welcome parents and family members.
There are reflective areas in the classrooms and a central worship board where the children can engage in interactive prayer activities and take time to think and ask questions .Every year we hold ‘prayer stations’ in the church which help the children to understand Christian beliefs and festivals in a relevant and kinaesthetic way. Parents are also encouraged to attend these alongside their child.
We have a "Leading Lights" group of Year 6 children who help with various worship activities and who have recently prepared and presented a fantastic Act of Worship on "The Lost Sheep" to Key Stage 1 children.
We were assessed as outstanding in our most recent SIAS Inspection.
Please view an overview of our RE curriculum here: