The intent of Hertford St Andrew Religious Education (RE) curriculum is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils. The curriculum will support children in becoming religiously and theologically literate and equip them with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and develop a respectful understanding of our multi-cultural society. Pupils will develop an understanding of how RE prepares them to become resilient and respectful adults. Inspired by our bible verse, “Let your light shine,” Matthew 5:16, we aim for our RE curriculum to contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development of our children and staff. Pupils will be afforded opportunities to learn about, and from, religions and world views in local, national and global contexts, to challenge, explore and reflect on big questions related to faith. Children will develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of Christianity, principal religions (Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism), and world views, which give life value.
Our religious education curriculum follows the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education supported by the Emmanuel Project resource. This resource provides children with a wide range of inspiring opportunities following a three-step learning process of Engage, Enquire and Evaluate.
Christian Values Education plays an important part of the curriculum at Hertford St Andrew. Each half-term the whole school focuses on a chosen value and time is devoted to explore the value through Collective Worship, Religious Education and PSHE.
Collective Worship at Hertford St Andrew is very much part of our daily school life. It allows time and space for reflection and promotes the spiritual, moral and cultural development of our children. As a Church of England school, our worship is an integral part of each school day. Collective Worship is child friendly and interactive and is supported by our Worship and Wellbeing Ambassadors.
Worship is led by a range of adults (and children) including the Headteacher, class teachers, Reverend Alan and Tracy Plumpton (from Hertford St Andrew Church), our Wellbeing and Worship Ambassadors and visitors from the wider community. Worship includes Bible readings, songs and hymns, current affairs, British Values, wellbeing topics and PSHCE. It promotes pro-social behaviours.