Sutton V.A. Lower School

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RE and SIAMS in a Church School

Sutton VA Lower School is a Voluntary Aided School Church of England School. Our Mission Statement and School Values underpin everything that we do. We are an inclusive school, where everyone has a valuable contribution to make to our school community – we recognise that for many of our families faith is important, whilst other may have none.

                      

As a Church School within the diocese of St Albans, we benefit from access to the support of advisors and resources to include expertise in all areas of School Management, Standards, Religious Education and Collective Worship. It is our aim that each pupil will have visited St Albans Cathedral either for Christian Worship or educationally during their time at Sutton Lower School. Additionally, we have strong links with All Saints’ Church where our children visit regularly for worship as well as a learning resource. Reverend Gill is a member of the School’s Governing Body and provides theological insight and support to staff, families and pupils.

We consider the academic teaching and learning of religions to be one of the the core subjects within our curriculum and adhere to the National Society’s Statement of Entitlement for RE which can be read below:

Click to read the National Society Statement for RE

Our RE curriculum is based on the Bedfordshire Agreed Syllabus for RE and the units taught are as follows. Additionally, we have a rolling programme for Christian Concepts weeks.

Click to look at the way RE is taught

 

Early Years RE programme

Christianity + at least two religions

Autumn 1

Understanding Christianity: Creation

Why is the world so important to Christians?

A Wet and Windy Harvest for Puddles

Autumn 2

Understanding Christianity: Incarnation

Why do Christians perform nativity plays at Christmas?

Puddles and the Christmas Play

Spring 1

Being Special: where do we belong?

Puddles lends a paw

Spring 2

Understanding Christianity: Salvation

Why do Christians put a cross in an Easter garden?

Puddles and the Happy Easter Day

Summer 1

Which places are specially valued and why?

A Wedding Day Wish for Puddles

Summer 2

Which stories are specially valued and why?

Puddles and the Christening Splash

 

 

 

Key Stage One RE Rolling Programme

Christianity + Judaism

Term

YEAR A

YEAR B

 

Autumn 1

Who is an inspiring person? What stories inspire Christian and Jewish people?

Who is Jewish? What do they believe and how do they live?

Autumn 2

Understanding Christianity: God

What do Christians believe God is like?

Understanding Christianity: Creation Who made the world?

Autumn 2

Christmas activity week

Understanding Christianity: Incarnation

Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Spring

What makes some places significant? What makes some places sacred to believers?

Visit to Church and Synagogue

Understanding Christianity: Salvation

Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Summer 1

Trinity themed activity week

Trinity themed activity week

Summer 2

Understanding Christianity: Gospel

What is the good news that Jesus brings?

How should we care for each other? Why does it matter?


 

Key Stage Two RE Rolling Programme

Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and non-religious people

Term

YEAR A

YEAR B

 

Autumn 1

Why do some people think life is a journey? How and why do people mark the significant events of life?

Christians, Hindus, Muslims, non-religious people

How and why do people try to make the world a better place?

Autumn 2

Understanding Christianity: God

Trinity/Incarnation

 

 

Understanding Christianity: Creation/Fall

What do Christians learn from the Creation story?

Christmas activity week

Spring

What are the deeper meanings of the festivals?

Christians, Muslims, Jewish people, Sikhs and non-religious people

Understanding Christianity: Salvation

Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?

Summer 1

Understanding Christianity: People of God

What is it like to follow God?

Understanding Christianity: Kingdom of God

When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

Summer 2

Understanding Christianity: Gospel

What kind of world did Jesus want?

Where, how and why do people worship?

Muslims, Jewish people, Christians, Sikhs

Multi faiths tour

 


As a Church School we have regular Church school inspection in addition to OFSTED inspection. This is completed under the SIAMS framework, which stands for ‘Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools’. The main aim of these inspections is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of our school as a Church School. You can read our most recent inspection report as well as our own self-evaluation:

Link to SIAMS self-evaluation September 2019

Link to SIAMS Inspection report

Link to SIAMS Self-evaluation January 2018

Link to SIAMS Self-evaluation January 2017 

Link to Response to SIAMS survey for parents

Sutton VA Lower School Vision Document

In May 2013 we were delighted to be awarded the RE Quality Mark at GOLD level! This Quality mark is given to schools that embed outstanding, creative and innovative RE practice within their school and recognises their support and sharing of good practice beyond.

Click to see the RE QM certificate

To find out more about the learning, experiences and opportunities that our school provides, please browse through our website and enjoy the ‘Class News’ sections.