At Knightlow we are passionate about the fundamental importance of RE both in the curriculum and the lives of our Knightlow children. As a Church of England school we regard RE as a core subject and each year group enjoys RE learning every week.
Teachers use the 2017- 2022 Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education along with The National Society's Understanding Christianity project to plan our RE learning. As an Artsmark Gold school we always aim to work creatively, using art, music and drama as a way of exploring themes and key questions.
Whenever possible we visit places of worship to enrich the children's learning in the knowledge that first hand experiences really do help to: cement and develop their understanding of concepts and make connections between religious beliefs and how these are lived out through different faith communities.
Please find our Whole School Unit Overview with the identified world religion foci below.
Year 6 Retreat
Our wonderful church leaders organised and led a special retreat day for our Year 6 pupils during their final weeks at Knightlow. The day presented the opportunity for our children to reflect on the memories, experiences and achievements of their primary years and focus on the next part of their life journey. The seed pattern of a labyrinth was introduced to the children as a way that they could structure their refections of thanks, hopes, dreams and prayers.
Year 3 and 5 visited St Edith's and St Joseph's churches in the village of Monks Kirby to learn all about how both church communities mark events during Holy Week and to compare their similarities and differences. During the visit the children were in awe of both of the buildings and the religious artefacts they contained and they questioned Reverend Fox and Father Matthew keenly in order to deepen their understanding of how Christians worship there, particularly at Easter time.
The children and staff are very grateful to both churches for a brilliant morning's learning! Thank you!
Reverence Week 2017
‘Knightlow Treasures’ …The light of God’s love gleaming through.
This fantastic week focused on our Building Learning Power disposition of Reverence. The week gave time for all members of The Knightlow Family to understand more deeply the capacities of: Worship, Respect, Awe, Wonder and Grace.
To launch our special week each family was invited to create a Tally of Treasures - capturing and documenting the many treasures in their lives. It was a wonderful opportunity for us all to see God's wonders everywhere.
The children reflected on specific bible stories and created glorious mosaics in response, capturing key Christian Values in their art work and living them in the way that they worked together as whole class groups.
Reverend Ali, Karen and Douglas transformed our library into a prayer space where the children were immersed in learning about the treasure that is The Lord's Prayer through Godly Play. They also used the space during break and lunchtimes to come and reflect and pray at the various prayer stations.
A highlight of the week was creating over 500 prayer cards for every household in the Stretton - On - Dunsmore community. The whole school participated in a Walking Worship, praying for our the streets, homes and people in our village; delivering each card with love and appreciation for the 'treasures' that are the members of our wider school family.
The children also worked collaboratively to design and create class worship boxes, planning their content carefully so that they could be utilised during class worship with the children taking control and leading their own worship time during the academic year.
Finally our week concluded in an incredible whole school Wild Worship, where we are quite sure the children's glorious voices could be heard from outer space.
Key Stage One Wedding
Our Reception Class and Key Stage One Classes learn about the importance and significance of the wedding ceremony and what it includes. This year we have held our own wedding ceremony to enhance our learning. It was a wonderful experience in our local church overseen by Rev. David and Karen Armbrister who explained each part of the ceremony and guided children through the experience. The children each played an important part in the ceremony and gained a real insight into what is involved. It was a very special day . Here are a few photographs of our day.