Religious Education (RE) at Great Kimble C of E School is the backbone to the whole curriculum and at the heart of all areas of their learning. Our Christian Values: Respect, Thankfulness, Endurance, Forgiveness, Love and Hope are embedded in all aspects of our curriculum. Each half-term we focus on one of our values and they underpin our teaching and learning. Together with our Ethos and School Vision they help to provide an environment that encourages our children to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community, now and hopefully throughout their lives. We enjoy close links with our local Reverend, participate in monthly Wednesday Worships led by the pupils at our neighbouring church and follow the RE Schemes of Work set and provided by the Oxford Diocese.
The daily acts of Collective Worship provide spiritual, social and moral guidance and a time to reflect. The themes are linked to our Christian Values and each week Picture News resources are used to introduce current affairs. The children are actively encouraged to participate, enjoy singing, being involved in prayers, calls and responses, talking about their own experiences and they culminate with an Achiever’s Assembly on Friday where successful learning is celebrated and recognised.
Our School Mission’s aim ‘to provide a rich curriculum where children are educated to become confident, happy and successful learners within a caring Christian community’ is supported by our PSHE programme of study. The scheme helps them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. It also gives them the confidence to tackle many moral, social, spiritual and cultural issues that are part of growing up and will be needed for all stages of their lives.
At Great Kimble we also promote a ‘growth mindset’ strategy which enables our children to become resilient learners and develop a positive attitude to a challenge. This is a shining example of the Christian value of Endurance. Therefore we believe that the children benefit from our RE curriculum which inspires and engages in real-life learning and enables the children to ‘Love, Learn and Live’.