In God's Hands we learn and growWe believe that if we open our hearts and minds to the possibilities each and every one of us, no matter how small, can make a difference in our school and beyond. The parable of The Mustard Seed teaches us that God can do a lot with a little. As an Infant School we teach our children that they are capable of achieving highly although they are very young. Our vision drives our approach with pupils, staff and our school community. Our pupils have been taught that even as young children they can contribute a lot to their communities and beyond
Spiritual JourneyChildren's spiritual development is fundamental to our school, it enables us to look within ourselves, at our relationships and the wider world. Our school values of Love, Peace, Trust, Thankfulness, Forgiveness and Hope help to equip our school community to face the challenges and opportunities of life in all its fullness. Meaningful spirituality is nurtured through opportunities for Space, Process, Imagination, Relationship, Intimacy and Trust (Rebecca Nye)
Religious EducationReligious education is taught to all children following the Diocesan guidance and has been highly praised in our SIAMS report (November 2016) 'Religious Education is outstanding and is integral to the whole curriculum'. In addition to our Diocesan units our RE curriculum also includes opportunities for children to explore life's big questions through our weekly outdoor learning where they also learn to appreciate our wonderful world. Children will be given opportunities to understand Christianity as a global faith through collective worships and geography learning in our topic 'Around The World' where they will look at how Christmas is celebrated in many other countries and how this compares to the UK. Our school vision and Christian values are reflected upon in our RE lessons, enabling Newdigate children to embark on a spiritual journey, allowing them to flourish. These insights, principles, beliefs and values we hope will influence, inspire and guide them through life.
- RE Policy2022
- 2023-2024 RE i Long Term Planning
- 2022-2023 RE Long Term Planning
- 2020-2022 R.E. Long Term Planning EYFS and KS1
Educating for LifeTeachers provide learning experiences that are creative, thought provoking and inspiring to develop Newdigate children's wisdom, knowledge and skills. We welcome visitors, including those from our community, into school to talk about their faith and celebrations, whilst also visiting different places of worship, i.e Redhill Mosque, Sutton Synagogue and Guildford Cathedral.
We want Newdigate children to develop positive and respectful attitudes towards other people who hold views and beliefs different from their own and towards living in a society of diverse religions and beliefs. (See Geography and History curriculum including 'Stand Up, Stand Out' people, where we learn about inspiring people from different faiths.) We are proud of the progress the children make in RE and their depth of knowledge and reflection. At the end of each RE unit, children are given time to reflect about how their learning has helped them to' learn and grow' assimilating their learning to our school vision.