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Religious Education

Welcome to our Religious Education page

We are extremely proud to be a Church school with a strong distinctiveness in this area.

Our mission statement is firmly rooted in our school life.

Daily worship and our Gospel Values help us to fulfil our mission in following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

Here are our school RE and Collective Worship policies.

RE policy 2016

 

Collective Worship policy 2016

We follow the Blackburn Diocese Board of Education Religious Education syllabus for Church Schools.

Here are the RE curriculum overviews.

RE curriculum overview EYFS

RE curriculum overview KS1

RE curriculum overview KS2

As a Church School, and in addition to OFSTED we are inspected under the 'Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.' (SIAMS) On Thursday 10th November, we were inspected and are delighted to announce that we were found to be 'outstanding' across all areas. Please see the 'Our School' section of the website to view the full report.

Our children are surrounded by opportunities that encourage and develop prayer, contemplation and reflection - a climate for asking questions, searching for answers and possibilities.

These photographs celebrate some of these 'awe and wonder' places in school.

 

At St. Leonard's we pride ourselves on providing a climate where the children feel comfortable to ask and try to answer the 'big questions.'

Recently, some of our Key Stage 2 children were excited to discuss such experiences.

They had been asked...

"What would you ask God?"

Some of their responses were:

  • Would you always care about us, even if we didn't care for you?"
  • Why do we have wars?
  • Why are people homeless?
  • Why isn't life so perfect?

Secondly, they were asked...

"What would you describe God as?"

The children's responses were...

  • Mysterious
  • Loving
  • Respectful
  • Caring
  • Patient
  • Generous
  • Forgiving

Some thought provoking reflections by our children, supporting their depth of awareness of their world, themselves and God.

 

 

Our School - Church links

We are proud to have a strong partnership between our school and St. Leonard's church. Throughout the school year we attend church to celebrate and give thanks.

(4/10/16)

Today our Year 1 children led our worship all about Harvest. We wanted to share their prayers with you.

Dear God

Today we say thank you for all the people, right across the world, who grow our food.

We give thanks for the farmers, who grow our food. For the seeds that grow and turn into plants.

For the rain that waters them, and for the sunshine that ripens them.

 We thank you for our daily bread and for all those who work to bring it to our tables.

   Amen.

 Dear God,

 We give thanks for the harvest of the fields.

 We give thanks for all those who work so hard to gather this food for us.

 We think of those who do not have much food and who sometimes have no water to drink.

 Be with us all this day and always and keep us in your loving care.

   Amen.

 

St Leonard's Superstar Singing

 Our children enjoy singing hymns together in worship and hymn practice.

This is expressed in the words of one of our Year 6 children,

" The way we all sing together makes us feel really happy."

You can listen to our children singing a selection of hymns below.

We hope their beautiful singing makes you feel happy too!

In Christ Alone

Amazing Grace

The Lord's My Shepherd

Christianity  Around The World Week 

Worship by Year 6

On Monday 24 October 2016, for the start of Christianity Around The World Week in school, a group of Year 6 children lead our school worship.

They researched and compared the percentage of population who are Christians in England, USA and Mexico and used role play to present their findings.  

We were also shown a short video about the valuable work of the charity, Christian Aid.

They also read the bible story of 'Daniel and the Lion'.

Thank you to these children for leading a fabulous worship.

What a wonderful way to start the week!

Year 6 Christianity Slideshow

 

Godzone

Reverend Tracy led our Godzone today. (8.11.16)

She talked to the children about our new Gospel Value of Hope and the children thought of Bible stories where hope could be found.

The children sang ''Kum ba yah' and 'When I needed a neighbour.'

They were given the opportunity to consider their own hopes. They wrote these down on paper and then folded them. After placing the pieces of paper into water, the children then looked to see how their hopes had begun to open, supporting their initial understanding of this value.

Thank you to Reverend Tracy for leading our Godzone worship.

 

 

Celebrating our school environment

At the top of our RE page you can see photographs of our school and the enriching spiritual and reflective environment we provide for our children.

Below are some new photographs to show our commitment to producing high quality learning opportunities and experiences for all who belong to our St. Leonard's family.

 

 

14.11.16

Learning about Christingles.

Today we welcomed Mr Simpson to school.

He taught us a great deal abut Christingles, what they are and what they represent.

Have a look at our photographs of the learning we took part in.

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JUSTICE AND COMPASSION

Our Gospel values since January have been Justice and Compassion. The slideshow below shows these values being promoted throughout our school. We strive to promote our Gospel values not only within school, but living these values in the wider community, each day of our lives.

CHILDREN'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO DAILY WORSHIP

It is extremely rewarding to know that we have a team of children who are able to regularly lead whole school worship. They clearly demonstrate their understanding. This particular slideshow was about Corpus Christi.

One of our youngest members of our school family was able to explain why we have three candles to light. God the Father, God the Son and God and Holy Spirit. 

The children's worships contain Bible readings, information, questions, presentations, hymns of praise and prayers. Well done to all our children who both lead and contribute to our daily worship.

We believe that excellence in RE is supported by providing reflective opportunities between teachers and pupils.

Below is a slideshow displaying the opinions and understanding shared by some of our Year 6 children, during one of our pupil conferencing sessions.

Over the coming weeks, we will be speaking to our younger pupils and sharing their thoughts on this page so please keep checking for more slideshows.

 

Year 6

Year 5

Year 2

The Bethany Family Children's Choir

On Tuesday, of Christianity Around The World Week, we were blessed to have the Bethany Family Children's Choir visit us, all the way from Tanzania.

These children belong to one big Christian family who live together in the children's home built and supported by the Bethany Family charity.

The charity helps the most underprivileged, deprived and vulnerable members of society, especially orphaned children. Many of the children who visited our school wouldn't be here today had Bethany not been there to care for them.

Teachers and children alike were humbled to hear about the tragic events that had brought them to the children's home.

Children from Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 had the opportunity to talk with the choir about their daily lives back in Tanzania.

Talking to our children afterwards, it was clear they had a greater awareness of the cultural differences, poverty and lack of opportunity that exists in Tanzania. Many of them realising that they take for granted their comfortable lives in England.

The Bethany Children's positive Christian perspective on life, displayed with such passion through their beautiful hymn singing, will be a lasting memory for everyone who had the honour of meeting them at St Leonard's. 

 Watch the Bethany Children's Choir.

We sang one of our favourite hymns as a thank you to the Bethany Children's Choir for visiting us.

You can learn more about the Bethany Family and how you can support the vital work they do by following the link below.

 http://www.bethanyfamily.net/

 

8.11.16

Celebrating St. Leonard at St. Leonard's!

Today Year 3 led our whole school worship in Church.

The children spoke so clearly and with firm understanding of St. Leonard and other saints.

The children were keen to ask questions and respond to their friends' answers and comments. Being able to teach one another and share their knowledge was particularity inspiring.

The children wrote their own prayers. Here they are for you to share.

 

Dear God,

Thank you for the example of all the special people who have loved you. Help us to love you too and to remember that we are your special saints. Amen. (Max)

 

Dear God,

We give thanks for the lives of the saints. Help us to learn from them and follow their good example. Amen. (Olivia)

 

Dear God,

Please help us to make the right choices. Please help us to be helpful and kind to others like the saints. Give us the courage, perseverance and bravery to never give up. Amen. (Megan)

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of the saints in heaven. Thank you for the way they have changed people's lives for the better. Amen. (Zane)

 

Dear Lord,

Please help everyone to have the strength to be like a saint. Thank you for all the saints in the world. Amen. (Humaira)

 

God's wonderful world!

We are very fortunate to have such wonderful grounds in which to enrich the lives of our children through outdoor learning.

Sharing our Christian values and attitudes and supporting spirituality is at the heart of what we do.

Please take a look at our gallery below.

 

15.11.16

Remembrance in School.

Thank you to our Year 5 children who led our worship in Church today.

 

Much time and research had taken place in order to teach us not only about why we have Remembrance Day but also about those who had fought and lost their lives from our Parish. 

 

The children delivered a very poignant and thought provoking service. Their understanding was clear through the sensitivity shown and prayers that were shared.

Well done Year 5.

Nativities and Christmas

As our term draws to a close, we have been extremely busy in school. Our Reception and Year 2 children performed their Nativities in Church and were absolutely amazing. They really touched us with the true meaning of Christmas and what Christmas means around the world.

Year 6 led worship too, they gave us a brilliant insight into Christmas and their musical and acting talents were incredible.

Our School Choir sang beautifully this week during our Church service, we have such talented singers.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very hopeful, happy and peaceful Christmas. 

With very best wishes from the St. Leonard's school family.

RECEPTION CHILDREN LEAD WORSHIP IN CHURCH

Today (25.4.17) our Reception children taught us all about St. George. They told us all about the patron Saint of England and shared his story with us.

The children sang a song and led us in prayer, these are the words they said...

 

Dear God,

Help us to be brave and strong like St. George as we travel along each day. Amen.

 

Well done to our youngest school family members.

RECEPTION CHILDREN LEAD WORSHIP

Well done to our Reception children who led worship today. (22.6.17)

You taught us more about our Gospel value of thankfulness, with a new song from fischy music.

Please click on the link below to see the worship details.

Reception lead worship