The children at Winterbourne Earls learn that God loves them and they show it by being constantly guided by the core school values: These are Courage, Honesty, Respect, Inspiration, Stretching our Learning and Thankfulness, which spell out CHRIST, the best example of all. By ensuring these values are interwoven into every aspect of school life, we feel that this will help prepare all children for their journey through life.
RE has an important part to play as part of a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum to which all pupils are entitled. High quality learning experiences in RE are designed and provided by careful planning through the 'Understanding Christianity' project. The key purpose of this project is to help to support pupils in developing their own thinking and their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. The scheme helps children understand about the passage of time with respect to events in the Bible, it supports the study of relevant text and encourages children to reflect on how this text may influence their own views. The teaching of other faiths and the broadening of the content is planned using 'Discovery RE' and supplemented with material from the Diocese.
In order to make Religious Education a lively, active subject, we employ a variety of teaching methods including art, music, discussion, the development of thinking skills, drama, the use of artefacts, pictures, stories, visits, visitors and the use of periods of stillness and reflection.
The teaching of Religious Education is an important part of everyday life at Winterbourne Earls. The children are involved in weekly Religious Education focused sessions and contribute to daily worships to reflect the life and teachings of Jesus and the importance of Christian values for life.
We have a long-standing close relationship with The Bridge Christian Education Project whose school workers support the vibrant teaching of Christianity with puppets, song and dance, drama and other engaging methods. Their work in our school is kindly supported by The Mary Butler Trust, a Winterbourne village trust which actively supports Christian education in the locality.