Wellesbourne Primary and Nursery School aims to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. RE provides an opportunity to promote the values of truth, justice and respect for all. It places specific emphasis on; pupils valuing themselves and others, the role of family and the community in religious belief and the celebration of diversity in society. In addition, Wellesbourne Primary and Nursery School is committed to promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Year 4 visited Liverpool Cathedral on 23rd and 24th October to look at the importance of the cross to Christianity. The children took pictures to say what was great and what they learned from the visit.
Mr Bulger delivered a Remembrance Day Assembly, involving the pupil council, who read two poems; ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae and ‘We Shall Keep the Faith’ by Moina Michael. Mr Bulger shared the story of Arthur Ingham who survived the Battle of the Somme, when a piece of shrapnel hit his Bible rather than his heart.
Sophie who is a regular visitor to Wellesbourne Primary School, spent an afternoon with Year 6 on the 26th June 2019, to refresh the children’s memories about what Humanism is all about, as well as explaining Humanist approaches to ceremonies. The children were involved in a mock non-religious wedding and naming ceremonies. They had clearly understood the essential views held by most Humanist.
On 20th June and 4th July 2019, Year 6 assembled in the school mini-buses to visit the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, which overlooks Newsham Park in an ordinary looking Victorian house. However, what is inside this house is in fact, extraordinary, as it is an oasis of calm and tranquility devoted to Buddhist practice. The children experienced meditation, chanting, while being introduced to the idea of karma with the principles of cause and effect, beautifully illustrated using dominoes.
On 29th May 2019, Sophie re-visited Wellesbourne Primary & Nursery School to work with Year 3 to add to their work concerning sign and symbols by explaining the Happy Humanist Symbol to the children, which represents Humanist around the world. The children in Year 3 followed this by trying to recreate the symbol using string.
Children from the School Council in Year 3 and Year 5 helped Mr. Bulger read the story of brave Noah and his ark full of noisy animals to the children in Reception. The School Council provided sound effects and actions to accompany this Old Testament story.
Easter is often associated with eggs, chocolate and bunny rabbits, but there is another story behind this popular narrative. The story of Jesus’ arrest, death, burial and resurrection is sometimes referred to as ‘The Easter Story’. It is a story that is told in all four of the Gospels; the books of the Bible which tells people about what happened in Jesus’ life. Fr. Fallon from St. Teresa’s Church in Norris Green kindly offered to visit our school and share this story with all the KS2 children in an afternoon assembly. All the children were fascinated by the story and had plenty of questions for Fr. Fallon following his presentation.
On the 6th March 2019, Year 3 visited the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Colloquially known as Paddy’s Wigwam, as you can see they had lots of fun sitting in the choir stalls and playing the organ.
On the 27th & 28th February 2019, Year 4 visited the largest Cathedral in Britain, the Liverpool Cathedral. Colloquially, known as the Anglican Cathedral and as you can see they made themselves at home by sitting in the Bishops chair.
On the 16th & 17th January 2019, Year 1 visited The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in the heart of Liverpool, which for many of the children was their first experience of visiting a place or religious worship.
The children in KS2 enjoyed a visit from Sophie Colligan on 21st November 2018 who is a Humanist. Sophie explained to the children during a morning Assembly that Humanist believe they have one life and should make the most of it. She explained that according to Humanist science provides the best way for understanding the universe. Humanist also see no good evidence to believe in a god. All the children were suitably engaged by her presentation and had a host of insightful questions to ask.
Inter-Faith Week fell between the 11th and 18th November 2019. This was an excellent opportunity for the children to explore interfaith issues and for Wellesbourne Primary and Nursery School to build relationships with faith groups in the community. KS1 explored the shared values of giving and greed from the perspective of three different religions, while KS2 explored the diversity of the world’s main religions from the point of view of individuals from each religion. This culminated in a visit from people of different faiths on the 30th November to school who were suitably questioned by the children about the nature of belief.
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