About RE and Collective Worship at St.Mary's
At St Mary’s, Religious Education and Collective Worship is a very important part of our school.
We were very proud to receive an outstanding judgement in all areas during our SIAMS inspection (Statutory inspection for Anglican Schools) in October 2017.
We have an assembly at the same time every day when the whole school gathers together for worship.
Every half term we are learning about a different Christian value and how we can display it every day. The current value being explored this half term is Respect and Reverence. For ideas on how to develop this value further at home please download the Values Sheet at the bottom of the page.
The three Christian values that we feel under pin everything we do at St Mary’s are Hope, Creativity and Perseverance.
Our school uniform proudly displays the fact that we are “Learning with Hope.” Rev Sian Yates is a regular visitor into school, often leading worship and catching up with the staff and children. Our children regularly appear on the Penlee Cluster website and often contribute to the Penlee on-line e-waves shouts.
We follow the Cornwall Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education where 60% of the curriculum time is spent on Christianity, 40% of the time on the other key religions in Britain. At Key Stage One we learn about Hinduism whilst at Key Stage Two we learn about Islam, Judaism, Sikhism and Hinduism.
We have been using the Understanding Christianity Teaching Resource since 2016 which has enhanced the teaching of our RE. We visit a lot of local churches in the course of our studies e.g. Penzance Baptist Church, Salvation Army and of course St Mary’s. We also often visit places of worship for multi faiths where possible e.g. The Cornwall Islamic Centre and a Hindu temple in London.
Parents are often invited to join us for a special festival Assembly. These are an important time for all the school community to gather together for worship and for the children to share some of the good work they have been doing in RE. Every term there is a Eucharist service where all the children are present and Year 5/6 are invited to take Eucharist or receive a blessing if they wish with parental permission.
We keep you fully up to date with what the children are learning in RE and Collective Worship through topic leaflets, newsletters and on our website.
We greatly value your opinion so every two years we send home a questionnaire about the RE/Collective Worship provision in our school. If you have any queries or concerns about the RE in our school please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Tyreman/Mrs Bonell.