Our Christian values permeate life at St Michael’s. We begin each day with Collective Worship, where the school gathers together. On Monday morning, our Worship takes place in the church and is led by a member of the clergy, each week we welcome parent’s from different classes to join in worshipping with us. On a Friday the school gathers together in the afternoon to celebrate the successes of the week and highlight those children who have been a shining example of our values in action.
Our worship reflects the variety of traditions found in the Church of England, recognises and follows the Christian liturgical year. The daily Christian act of worship is central to our ethos and is supported by all staff and governors. It makes an important contribution to the overall spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the whole school community.
Collective worship is planned by a variety of stakeholders including staff, pupils, the incumbent of our local church and external visitors including the local Baptist Church.
As a Church school, RE is taught following the Understanding Christianity syllabus through the Diocese of Canterbury. World faiths are taught according to the Kent agreed Syllabus for RE. Approximately two thirds of this curriculum is Christianity based, the other third is made up of other world religions.
We want RE to be seen as valuable to the children and for them to enjoy and engage with the subject through variety of teaching strategies. Children develop and use a wide range of higher level skills such as enquiry, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reflection to deepen their understanding of the impact of religion and world views as lived by believers. Key cross-curricular skills such as reading, writing, observation, and discussion are practised.
The aims of Religious Education at St Michaels as stated in the Church of England Religious Education Statement of Entitlement.
- To enable pupils to know about and understand Christianity as a living faith that influences the lives of people worldwide and as the religion that has most shaped British culture and heritage.
- To enable pupils to know and understand about other major world religions and world views, their impact on society, culture and the wider world, enabling pupils to express ideas and insights.
- To contribute to the development of pupils’ own spiritual/philosophical convictions, exploring and enriching their own beliefs and values.
Religious education at St Michael’s will challenge stereotypes, misinformation and misconceptions about race, gender and religion. It seeks to present religions and world views in all their richness and diversity in terms of beliefs, traditions, customs and lifestyle in a sensitive and accurate way in order to encourage a positive attitude towards diversity. All questions, views, and opinions will be treated with sensitivity and respect.