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.