Collective Worship & Religious Education
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.’ – Colossians
Collective Worship at Baden-Powell and St Peter’s Junior School
Acts of Collective Worship are held every day as part of school life at Baden-Powell and St Peter’s. We come together in various worship groups across the week, including lower and upper key stages, year groups and as individual classes. Many people across our school lead Worship each week: our Senior Leadership Team, Year Leaders, teachers and pupils all contribute. We also welcome Christian visitors from St Peter’s Church and the local area.
Through our link to St Peter’s Church we are also fortunate to be able to hold whole-school Worship in St Peter’s Church at various times throughout the year to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter. Part of our Year 6 Leavers celebrations are also held at the Church.
Our Collective Worship Team (made up of children from Year Six) work hard with our Collective Worship Leader (Miss Lewis) to plan and deliver Class Worship to their peers on a bi-weekly basis. This is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to have a direct say in the worship at Baden-Powell and develop leadership and communication skills. Each Year Six class is actively involved in evaluating Acts of Worship each week and reflect on the message and theme of day.
Our Collective Worship Themes each run for a half term and are planned around each of our school’s Christian Values that are embedded in our ethos: friendship, aspiration, respect, resilience and compassion, as well as other Christian values such as hope and dignity and stories and morals from the Bible.
We work hard to ensure that the British Values of Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance of Faiths are embedded in to our themes alongside engaging and interesting aspects of cultural knowledge that develop our pupils as well-rounded, informed individuals.
Around our school, we reflect on and celebrate our Acts of Worship in reflection areas and prayer corners that our Collective Worship Team are responsible and through displays that show each half-termly theme. We are proud to have our Bible quotes that link to each Core Value painted on our walls around the school – see if you can spot all five when you visit us!
Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from worship by informing the Head Teacher in writing.
Religious Education at Baden-Powell and St Peter’s Junior School
By following the Locally greed Syllabus and the Understanding Christianity Scheme, our R.E. curriculum is investigative and enquiry-based in nature. Each unit of work is planned around a key question. The learning opportunities provided allow pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of religion, express ideas and communicate with others about their religious learning and to explore and respond to human experience.
The goal of the Understanding Christianity units is to develop ‘theologically literate pupils who are able to make sense of religious texts and various interpretations.’ From engaging in these units, pupils will be able ‘to understand the impact of beliefs in the lives of Christians and make connections to wider learning and to themselves.’
Each unit of work is carefully planned to develop the following areas that will support them in their learning of R.E. and across other curriculum areas.
Children focus on the following key topics or modules in each year group. Where possible, these areas have been selected to complement the other Discovery learning topics being taught in that half term.
Year 3 RE Curriculum
Year 4 RE Curriculum
Introduction to Understanding Christianity: What is the Big Story of the Bible?
What is the Trinity? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Incarnation)
What does it mean to be a Sikh?
What kind of world did Jesus want? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Gospel
What does it mean to be a Hindu?
What are the key Hindu beliefs and practices?
Cross religion topic - Food
Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Salvation)
What do Christians learn from the Creation story? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Creation)
What is it like to follow God? (Understanding Christianity Unit: People of God)
When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Kingdom of God)
The Signs and Symbols of Christianity
Year 5 RE Curriculum
Year 6 RE Curriculum
What would Jesus do? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Gospel?
What kind of king is Jesus? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Kingdom of God)
How can following God bring freedom and justice? (Understanding Christianity Unit: People of God
What does it mean to be Jewish?
Was Jesus the Messiah? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Incarnation)
What did Jesus do to save human beings? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Incarnation)
What does it mean if God is Holy and loving? (Understanding Christianity Unit: God
What difference does the resurrection make for Christians? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Salvation)
What does it mean to be a Muslim?
What are the key beliefs and practices of Islam?
Creation & Science: conflicting or complementary? (Understanding Christianity Unit: Creation and Fall)