Latest RE News and Events at Frenchwood
What a great start to the year. The children in KS1 have been learning about Harvest during their RE lessons and parents and children have kindly donated tins, jars and packets of food for our Harvest appeal. We have dropped off the food at The Foxton Centre to support others in our community and they were very grateful. Well done everyone and thank you for your support.
Today the children have been learning about Diwali and how Hindus and Sikhs across the world celebrate. There have been a variety of activities taking place in school such as creating sun catchers, creating rangoli patterns in maths, learning traditional Diwali dances, acting out the story of Rama and Sita and watching videos created by children showing how they prepare for the special celebration.
Chinese New Year 2022
Happy Chinese New Year. This week the children in school have been learning about Chinese New Year; how it is celebrated, who celebrates and what preparations take place for this celebration. The children in EYFS have enjoyed mark making in powder paint having a go at writing Chinese numbers as well as playing with shaving foam to create tigers. Children in KS2, have learnt about the importance of Dragon Boat racing to ensure the bad spirits are chased out before the new year before creating their own dragon boat replicas. UKS2 have tried their hand at origami, following step by step instructions to fold paper and create a 3d standing tiger.
RE / ART Day 2022
“We have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.” Today the children thought about this quote and what it meant to them. We had class discussions about race, culture, equality, diversity and religion and how it unites us. The children then had free reign to create their own piece of art work to show what this quote meant to them. We have a large display at our new school entrance of some of the amazing work we have created.
At Frenchwood Community Primary School, we follow the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus for RE. The syllabus is on a two year cycle which works well for our mixed year groups here at Frenchwood. The syllabus provides rich opportunities for children to learn about the six main world religions through studying beliefs, teachings and ways of living. This agreed syllabus inspires creative, challenging and thoughtful Religious Education lessons to promote personal development through a questioning approach.
The Subject Leader
My name is Mrs Lindsay Townsend and I am the RE subject leader at Frenchwood Community Primary School. I have led RE for 4 years and it is a role that I really enjoy. Many of our children have a strong faith, and enjoy sharing their knowledge and discovering more about other world religions.
My role as RE subject lead is to support the development of the teaching and learning of RE at Frenchwood. I aim to support teachers, motivate children, monitor the progress of RE and ensure we achieve high standards of learning. I think that it is really important for all children to gain an understanding of the six main world religions, their celebrations and cultures. In RE lessons, we foster our children’s natural curiosity and encourage them to reflect upon their beliefs. We also help them to understand and respect the beliefs of others.
Once a year we try to hold an RE day to focus on a particular element of religious study across all phases in school. In the past we have invited guest speakers come to school to share information with the children. We also visit local places of worship to see first-hand the different elements within sacred spaces. This year our RE linked with the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education’s ‘Spirited Arts’ competition. The children considered Jo Cox, MP’s quote,
“We have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.”
The children created artwork to show what equality, race and religion means to them.